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
In a full show, we welcome esteemed guest Derak Covey, the track photographer at Utica-Rome Speedway and Fonda Speedway. Derak spent the whole night on the mic, and was part of the interviews with Frank Cozze, Matt Sheppard, and Kreig Heroth. Cozze, after winning Super DIRT Week moved to 410 sprints. He was third behind Daryn Pittman and Logan Schuchart at New Egypt Speedway. Sheppard won the Race of Champions Dirt Tour event Wednesday night at Utica-Rome Speedway. By way of two straight wins, Heroth sewed up his first career track championship in the Small Block Super Modified division at Oswego Speedway.
Larry Wight and Steve Poirier stop by to discuss the Methanol Meltdown and their plans for the 2012 season, we catch up on our Fantasy Racing teams with DickDragonMotorsports, we discuss Jarrett Andretti’s upcoming test session at Oswego Speedway and Davey Hamilton’s plans to race the Oswego Opener.
Dean Reynolds can’t let a sprint car discussion pass without chiming in, and becomes our second official spontaneous call-in (and helps spike our online viewership in the process).
We lose ourselves talking about the wonders of rental go-kart racing and the potential 31st Lap Outing at a local kart racing joint.
We also discuss a new ‘your topics’ segment… and need our listener’s input on Facebook.
Above all, we express our condolences to the family of Tom Ames, who passed away unexpectedly in a tragic car accident last week. Tom and Mike were friends way back in the Fire on Dirt days of Dirt Track Digest.
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.
Watch the recorded live webcast of this episode at FingerLakes1.TV.
We talk about Kyle Busch being parked in last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race, Matt Sheppard’s run to his second straight Modified Super DIRTcar Series title, Rick Eckert and Jason Meyers winning touring crowns in the World of Outlaw Ranks and Brett Deyo talks about the upcoming King of the Can events at Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA.