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Zemken, Tonkin, Tony Stewart Grand Jury ..::.. 31st Lap Episode 130

This week, we welcome Canadian Sprint Nationals Champion Jessica Zemken to the program and catch up with I-88 Speedway Modified Champion Brett Tonkin.

Episode 39 ..::.. What Lies Ahead

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.

Sherwood: 20:00
Payne: 40:00
St. Mary:  1:20:00

Episode 35 ..::.. Calm Before The Storm

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.

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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.

Henderson 6:30
Whitteker 28:15
Harpell 42:00
Bleau 1:05
Reed 1:25

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!

Episode 32 ..::.. Jeremy and the Henderson

On this edition of the 31st Lap, we have a chance to catch up Canandaigua Motorsports Park regular Justin Henderson make his first visit to the studio and we catch up with DIRT Rockstar Jeremy Wilder.

We debate the validity of the common thought: Bigger purses mean better fields, and we recap all the racing action from a busy weekend.

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Wilder: 28:00
Henderson: 46:00

Episode 29 ..::.. Even Busier Show on Dirt

In another star-studded show, we welcome J.J. Yeley to the 31st Lap, along with sportsman and 360 sprint star Jessica Zemken, car owner and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park owner Jake Spraker (a regular listener), and New Jersey’s Ryan Godown to the show.
Episode 29
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Interview timestamps:
Zemken: around 13:00
Spraker:  around 25:00
Yeley: around 1:04
Godown: around 1:25

We get into the results, send out our best wishes to Gil Tegg Jr. who was injured in a motorcycle accident, and talk more about our upcoming Memorial Day live remote from Utica-Rome Speedway.

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The Live Show will be Monday 3:30 to 4:30, and then the post-race to follow the feature.

Episode 26 ..::.. Dedication to Racing

We look at the upcoming schedule for Rolling Wheels Raceway, argue the value of handicapping versus open draws at weekly venues, and welcome multi-time 2012 winner Brett Hearn and first-time ESS winner Sammy Reakes IV to the program.Episode 26
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Sammy woke up Sunday with thinking his win was a dream and talks about his upcoming season in a 360 Sprint Car. Brett won his third straight at Lebanon Valley, and is the first driver to do that in 10 years. He also talks about the move of his ‘The Big One’ event to Albany-Saratoga.

In breaking news, Mike announces the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing event scheduled for full-fendered cars at Rolling Wheels Raceway July 3. The event will be for full-fendered cars, and will be 27 laps in distance, in honor of Tom’s favorite driver’s number, Danny Johnson (27J). DIRTcar is also working with Dirt Track Digest to make the event happen, and Mike expressed deep appreciation for that.

Episode 25 ..::.. Hammer On It

Mike misses the event due to a baseball game, but we press on and welcome Chris Hile and Billy Dunn to the studio. Hile discusses how his third-place showing is like a victory following the off-season fire that claimed the team’s hauler. Dunn talks about running modifieds and sprint cars; we chat with him about the upcoming 360 Empire Super Sprints opener at Can-Am Motorsports Park.

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In the newly-launched topic segment, we look at ‘why go to the races, anyway?’ and cover all sorts of results and upcoming local events, and take a deep look into the mailbag.

And of course, we touch on the wonders of fantasy modified racing (and the 31st Lap Team is doing mighty well).