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, RaceChaserOnline.com writer and Creekside Entertainment Emcee Steven Ovens makes his first visit to the 31st Lap, and then we catch up with RaceChaserOnline.com founder Tom Baker to talk a little bit about his career and the direction of his newly formed website. At the end of the show, we catch up with Paul Kinney, one of the many sprint car drivers involved in the horrific crash that overshadowed the 360 Smoke Shootout Tuesday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
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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
This week, Mike returns to the studio, we catch up with Hall of Fame 60 winner Stewart Friesen and runner-up Gary Tomkins, and then we chat with the winner of the USAC event at Grandview, Daron Clayton! Then, we dive into the potential replacements for Danny Johnson at the newly-opened seat at Mike Payne Racing, and the penatlies levied for a timing chain infraction in the crate sportsman division.
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.
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The Big Blocks will be on parade Sept 10 beginning at Medley Center in Syracuse. Check DIRTcar.com for details.
This week, we chat with first-time guest Frank ‘Bubba’ Burnell. We’ll also check in with Jeff Hachmann of DIRTcar.
We dive into a diverse mailbag, talk about Rich’s upcoming Sportsman endeavors and the wonders of Steak-flavored Great Value brand Potato Chips.
The mailbag prompts a spirited discussion between Rich and John on safety, and then age of kids allowed in the pit area.
At Grandview, Duane Howard flipped in his heat race, and started 27th. He rallied to finish 2nd, and wrapped up the track title and the American Racer Cup, his second in three seasons.
Sept 10 at 11:30 am, the DIRTcar Modifieds will parade through Syracuse, starting at Destiny USA as prep for Super DIRT Week.
Rich Post, returning to the studio after a summer of soccer, John Baumes and Chris Marquart welcome Bobby Varin back to the 31st Lap again, and then chat with legendary Joe Plazek, driver of the Maple Leaf No. 1. Jeff Hachmann of DIRTcar NorthEast stops in to pump Super DIRT Week, and Daryl Barrett acts as our field reporter at the Spalding Foundation’s Challenge of Champions II at the Seneca Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, featuring Allen Bestwick, Jeff Green, and Erik Darnell. He won his heat race, and then we lost track of him!
FLESHBURN provided the tunes under the Results Portion (38:00)
Thoughts go out to Randy Adams, a derby driver in Pennsylvania. Adams’ father was seriously injured when a fuel cell exploded on a truck they were preparing to run Saturday night. Pete is doing well following a series of surgeries, but doctors are continuing to caution everyone. There is a benefit going on… please call Homer Swanson at 330-277-6529 for details or for more information on how to contribute.
This week, we welcome Betty Sherwood of the Spaulding Foundation for Injured Drivers to the 31st Lap to talk a little bit about the plight of race drivers and what lies ahead for them if injured. Beth also talks about an upcoming fundraiser regarding for the Spaulding Foundation in Watkins Glen.
Mike Payne drops in by phone to talk about the season as owner of the successful No. 27J driven by Danny Johnson on the DIRTcar Circuit and at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
We also catch up with Jamie St. Mary, a member of the reknown PowerTeam in northern NY as he prepares for the upcoming Franklin County Fair in Malone, NY. There will be a full-size derby up there on Saturday August 4.
The Spalding Foundation will host the Celebrity Challenge race at Seneca Grand Prix Carts next Thursday Night, featuring Alan Bestwick and Jeff Green and Eric Darnell. Be sure to visit spaldingfoundation.org for details
A Denny Decker Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 1 pm at Belden Hill Golf Course near Port Crane, NY. Cost is $60/person or $240/team. Contact Luke Miller at (607) 221-8045 or through Facebook, or Tim Hayes at (607) 237-7768 for more details.
St. Mary: 1:20:00
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.
Danny Serrano talks about the addition of small block-powered cars to the modified division at New Egypt Speedway, and we talk about Stewart Friesen’s win in the annual King of the Can event at Penn Can Speedway.
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