Matt Sheppard’s newly-formed team will be anchored by legendary crew chief Randy Kisacky, Mike Payne announced the signing of Billy Decker and Danny Johnson has agreed to run at Fonda. What’s it take to land a free agent in dirt racing?
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This week, we welcome I-88 Speedway Track Champion Mike Mahaney back to the 31st Lap to discuss his stellar season. Then, we catch up with Jeff Strunk in the wake of his fifth career Freedom 76’er victory in the 43rd running of the event at Grandview Speedway before turning to DIRTcar NE Marketing Director Jeff Hachmann for an update on Super DIRT Week.
Stewart Friesen celebrates his fourth career sprint car victory on the air following his $7,000 win in the Cole Cup at Utica Rome Speedway. Dan Creeden and DIRTcar NE Director of Marketing Jeff Hachmann also stop in for quick visits, and we discuss the intentions of NASCAR’s MWR team in the regular season finale.
A full house welcomes Mike’s return to the 31st Lap Studio. Jimmy Blewett stops in to talk about his two-win weekend, taking dirt modified wins Thursday at Bridgeport and then backed that up Saturday at New Egypt. We also catch up with DIRTcar NE Marketing Director Jeff Hachmann, and a local race fan calls in to give his perspective on Rolling Wheels.
Tonight, we welcome a full house back to the studio (minus Mike), to chat with Pete Stefanski (Pro Stock winner from Utica-Rome) and the winner from East Bay Raceway in Floriday, Buzzie Reutimann. Reutimann is a 1997 Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee.
This week, John comes back to the studio and is joined by RaceChaser Online columnist Steven Ovens and Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame photographer Jay Fish. The night kicks off with Billy Dunn, fresh off a win at Canandaigua and a solid showing in the Modified Super DIRTcar Series events this week. Then, on the local level, we catch up with Brady Fultz, who rattled off a pair of wins at Black Rock in the same night. We conclude with Dan Creeden, winner of the Battle for the Bull Ring.
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This week, Mike returns to the show, and we’re joined again by John Baumes and Steven Ovens. We discuss the whereabouts of Rich and Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame rep Jay Fish, and we also catch up with Ransomville regular CHad Brachmann, who won Monday’s 38-Modified event at Ohsweken. Then, we chat with first-year 305 Sprint Car racer Kelly Hebing. Hebing is the daughter Chuck Hebing.
This week, John Baumes and Steven Ovens are in studio to talk about NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora, and Mike Mahaney weighs in on his two-win weekend. Mahaney won the BD Motorsports-promoted Crazy 8s at I-88 Speedway in Afton, NY and held off Stewart Friesen in Sunday’s make-up feature at Utica-Rome.
This week, Jay Fish and Dean Reynolds fill in for John and Mike… and we welcome 16-year old Joe Trenca – the 2012 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Rookie of the Year – to the program to talk about driver safety and running a Mucci-owned 360. Then, Lyle DeVore – the GM of Lebanon Valley and Albany-Saratoga Speedways – comes in to share the inner workings of the track manager’s lifestyle. We finish up with Gil Tegg Jr., who talks about his motorcycle accident, and his new appreciation and list of goals as he returns to racing modifieds and late models.
This week, after a flurry of racing activity left us guest-less, we take a week from the hustle and hurry to enjoy a free-form Thursday, take questions from the live chat, and celebrate our new marketing partners, D’Amico Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Geneva, NY. Tony Stewart will be back at Canandaigua Motorsports Park July 16, the day before the Smoke will join Kasey Kahne in a sprint engagement at Fulton Speedway. The World of Outlaws Late Models will be at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on June 25. Black Rock races this SUnday afternoon, making up their rained-out Father’s Day show.
The historic car dealership will be part of the 31st Lap family for a calendar year starting with the first episode of July. Look for more news and information, and some revamped overlays and graphics on the upcoming podcasts!