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.
Matt Sheppard talks about his history at Black Rock Speedway, the preparation that goes into mapping out a full-time racing schedule and the economic challenges of picking events and following the Super DIRTcar Tour. We talk about the teams that have drifted away from motorsports and the current ‘super teams’ and the taxes on those programs wishing to run in multiple regions. We select out 31st Lap DickDragonMotorsports.com fantasy team, and Dusty Heistand comes on to promote his 2012 debut at Big Diamond Raceway in the coming weeks.
Three guests helped make a slow start quite lively… we chatted with DIRTcar legend Alan Johnson about his plans for 2012, visited with Canadian racer Luke Whittaker after wrong-numbering one of his closest neighbors, and Kyle Weiss shared insight into having Johnson drive his car in the Freedom 76’er and unveiled some of his racing nicknames.
Tucker Hibbert drops by and talks about the rigors of international travel and his plans for the comings weeks as the ISOC Eastern Nationals were ‘warm weathered out’ and moved to Feb. 24-25. Dan Harpell chats with us about returning to a promoter’s role as he plans for a Race of Champions Modified tour event at Black Rock Speedway July 11 and we touch on the NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductions held over the past weekend.