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!
This week, we sit as a full house, and chat with red-hot Empire Super Sprints racer Kevin Ward, fresh off his come-from-behind win at Granby, and his encore victory on the asphalt at Evans Mills. Then, we chat with Doug Emery, who ran second at Evans Mills, and wrap up with Bridgeport Modified winner Ryan Watt.
We also talk about the loss of Jason Leffler, who tragically lost his life in a 410 sprint car accident Wednesday night at Bridgeport in New Jersey.
FANS!! Delco Signs (McSherrytown, PA) will be selling Jason Leffler stickers for $5 each at their tracks this weekend. The proceeds will go to Charley, Leffler’s five-year-old son. Please, go support Delco Signs, www.delcosigns.com
Matt Tanner stops by for his first 31st Lap visit to discuss the upcoming Empire Super Sprints event, scheduled for Saturday April 6 at Selinsgrove Speedway. We also get into it over Tyler Walker’s rumored full time ride in the wake of his alleged drug problems and conflicts.
Baumes: Steve Paine (Canandaigua), Bobby Varin (Fonda), Jeff Strunk (Big Diamond).
Rich: Danny Johnson (Canandaigua), Brett Hearn (Fonda), Ryan Godown (Big Diamond).
Mike: Matt Sheppard (Canandaigua), Stewart Friesen (Fonda), Duane Howard (Big Diamond).
Chris: Jimmy Phelps (Canandaigua), Mike Mahaney (Fonda), Billy Pauch (Big Diamond).
We jump into the racing season with an all-out sprint through the Florida racing action. Three time Empire Super Sprints Champion Steve Poirier joins us on the phone.
John Baumes also breaks down his fantasy racing season with a look ahead at the DickDragonMotorsports.com schedule, and the prizes on deck. We also take a look at the upcoming International Motor Racing Research Center discussion that will focus on Oswego Speedway next month.
Release on SUper Modified Racing at Oswego: http://www.racingarchives.org/news_events.php
Fully into the postseason money races, the 31st Lap dives head-first into the Modified stars, chatting with Mohawk SDS Modified winner Jimmy Phelps and then Pennsylvania regular Jeff Strunk. DIRTcar NE Series Director Joe Skotnicki drops by for a quick Q&A and we finish with a discussion about DIRT Week with Finish Line Web Design’s Craig Revelle and then Freedom 76er runner-up Bobby Varin.
One of our first-ever guests – two-time Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Frisen – returns to talk about his season, which thus far includes a coveted track title at Fonda Speedway. We also catch up with Jeff Hachmann to talk about Super DIRT Week developments at Cayuga County Fair Speedway and Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Shawn Donath returns to the 31st Lap following his run from 19th to the win with the Empire Super Sprints at Utica-Rome Speedway.
On this episode, Rich Post is reunited with his brother Mitch Post, and Mike Mallett returns after his summer of travel. Josh Decker stops in to talk about his first career derby win in Fulton, Jeff Hachmann of DIRTcar stops in for a chat about Super DIRT Week, we announce our Super DIRT Week plans and J.J. Yeley stops in for his second time through the 31st Lap. Stuntman Chris Morena and Mr. Sprint Car Champion Kyle Larson also makes some time for us.
We are giving away Super DIRT Week tickets every Thursday night through SUPER DIRT WEEK! Thanks to Jeff Hachmann and DIRTcar Northeast!
Matt Guererri won this week’s tickets; Thursday at RWR – World of Outlaws Late Models and 358 Mod SDS – 2 tickets to that event! 1st correct answer thru twitter: First Driver to Break 100 mph average speed at Syracuse? Wes Moody.
Tonight, we welcome the Guererri family to the 31st Lap.
Paul Guererri picked up his 31st career win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. We catch up with him before Nick Guererri, and then Matt Guererri. Matt is a regular in the sportsman divison at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after moving out of the New Legends division last year. Frankie Guererri Jr. rounds out the quartet, and talks about his weekly battles in the New Legends Sportsman and pro stock ranks.
In an adventurous 35th episode, we welcome a total of six guests to the program! Vic Coffey is expected to be on, along with sit-in co-host Justin Henderson, Dan Harpell, Cody Bleau, Cory Reed and Luke Whitteker.
Justin backed up his first co-host endeavor with a win in Saturday’s heat and Sportsman feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Dan Harpell stops by to pump the July 11 RoC event at Black Rock Speedway and Cory Reed stops in to talk about Tony Stewart’s appearance at Brewerton Speedway on July 18. Coffey chats up Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and Cody Bleau stops in to talk about his season at Fonda Speedway.
Driver of the Week: Justin Henderson, as co-host and winner (by default)
And we also fielded our third-ever call-in guest, DanDan from Dirt Track Digest’s forums!
Many thanks to DIRTcar and Rolling Wheels Raceway management for all their help, promotion and cooperation in making the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing event Tuesday July 3 at Rolling Wheels. It was a memorable event that was most appropriate in honoring Tom, a dear friend to the racing community and a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of the full-fender racers.
We’ll be live from Amy’s Checkered Flag on July 12. Make sure you stop in and say hi! The guest list includes (by phone) Bobby Allison, Mike McLaughlin, and Buzzie Reutimann, and in-person: Tom Fletcher, Stu Sheppard, John McArdle, John Podolak, Dave Rauscher, Bobby Parrow, Mike Stelter, Chuck Ciprich, Rollie Velte, Ron Narducci and many more. Racecars are welcome!
In a twist, Justin Henderson joins Dean Reynolds in studio while Mike Mallett and John Baumes are off chasing racecars. Rich was out at a Soccer game. We visit with John Lazore of Mohawk International, Lance Yonge (2003, 04 ESS Champion), and Oswego two-seat SuperModified coordinator Roy Sova. Watch our most recent episode on FingerLakes1.tv | Listen on Stitcher
Lance won the last sanctioned race at Rolling Wheels, and is currently tied with Mal Lane for third with 36 career ESS wins. He’s looking forward to the July 3 event at Rolling Wheels, running in conjunction with the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing full-fendered event.
John Lazore talks about the challenges of renovating and running a racetrack, and discusses a different approach to promotions, being a former driver himself.
Roy Sova discusses the two-seater, and the Make A Wish program that will be working with an area youngster this weekend.
Larry Wight was schedule, but after a tough outing with the Late Model, we could not reach him and hope to get with him down the line.
Don’t forget the Live show July 12 at Amy’s Checkered Flag, and next week we’ll welcome Vic Coffey and Cody Bleau.
We welcome another star-studded field to the 31st Lap. Birthday boy Rob Bellinger will be in to talk about his win at Brewerton last Friday, and Mike Mahaney will talk about his co-win Wednesday at Can-Am. Marc Minutolo will discuss his record-setting win Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and Jay Fish comes in as the closer to talk about the newly revamped Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame.