Syracuse gave a great effort against North Carolina on Monday night in Chapel Hill but ran out of steam late. What can you expect when you’re playing four deep? Can Boeheim work another miracle or are we looking at a 14 loss regular season?
Are the Syracuse Orange back on track after defeating Florida State upon the return of Jeremi Grant? Also, a look ahead to this week’s ACC Tournament as we break down the brackets including a potential semifinal rematch with Duke on Saturday afternoon. We discuss who deserves the ACC Player of the Year award and what we’ll miss most about the Big East Tournament.
Join us LIVE next Sunday at 9:00 pm for our special Selection Sunday Edition of the Upstate Orange Podcast. Special guests in-studio as we react to the NCAA Tournament brackets, look at Syracuse’s draw, and get you ready to fill out your office pool. Watch live at www.FingerLakes1.TV, via the FingerLakes1.com App, or on YouTube.
With Syracuse’s inaugural ACC schedule underway, we talk about some of the oddities of our new southern conference and the lack of conference mates in this current top 25. With North Carolina coming to the Dome on Saturday with 5 losses, has this game lost some of it’s luster before it even begins? Also, some surprising statistics on The List segment.
This week, Jay Fish and Dean Reynolds fill in for John and Mike… and we welcome 16-year old Joe Trenca – the 2012 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Rookie of the Year – to the program to talk about driver safety and running a Mucci-owned 360. Then, Lyle DeVore – the GM of Lebanon Valley and Albany-Saratoga Speedways – comes in to share the inner workings of the track manager’s lifestyle. We finish up with Gil Tegg Jr., who talks about his motorcycle accident, and his new appreciation and list of goals as he returns to racing modifieds and late models.
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
This week, Chris and Rich welcome by phone Australian-born Modified star Peter Britten to the program, and then chat with Canadian Mat Williamson about the opening races of the 358-Modified Super DIRTcar Series, at Cornwall Ontario Speedway and then Merrittville Speedway May 19 and 20.
Mike takes the week off to play baseball with Oswego, Jay Fish of the Dirt Motorsports Northeast Hall of Fame stops in to welcome Rich back to the show, and John remains grumpy as ever. Kevin Ridley pops in to talk about his win in the sportsman division at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, the competition in the division and we take questions and comments from the live chat about who is and isn’t in the Hall of Fame.
For the first time, Doug Manmiller visits the 31st Lap, and Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame photographer and longtime friend of the show Jay Fish stops in for a live appearance. We also chat about our favorite tracks in and around the northeast, and career race/track/state counts.
For the first time, Bryan Clauson visits the 31st Lap, discussing his 2012 season and 2013 plans on the National Wingless Sprints stage. Clauson currently sits third in USAC’s National Sprint Standings. Clauson ran in the Indy 500 last year and currently drives for Tony Stewart Racing.
WE also look at the action from the past weekend, and ahead to a weather-plagued racing schedule. Fulton has already cancelled their Methanol Meltdown program for Saturday.
Picks for Five Mile:
Chris – Stewart Friesen
Mike – Bobby Varin
John – Danny Johnson
Rich – Brian Weaver
On the 61st Episode, we dive head-first into the schedules recently released by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, and Utica-Rome Speedway. After that, we dive into our own 3-minute sprints hitting on all kinds of topics, from Donny Schatz to the Nascar’s Stenhouse-Patrick romance.
John Tiff – 15:00
Dean Reynolds – 35:00
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On the 60th Episode, we take a look at all the action upcoming at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park coming up next week, and then catch up with Stewart Friesen to talk about promoting big events. This season, he will join Brett Deyo to promote the Dirty Jersey 60 and Turnpike 25 June 18 at New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ.
Friesen also announced he will be headed down to race in the Modified events Feb 20-23 in Florida.
For details, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, or check out the Super DIRTcar Series page online at www.dirtmotorsports.com.
It was also announced the Empire Super Sprints will visit I-88 Speedway August 22 and will race on the asphalt at Evans Mills Raceway June 8.
25:00 – Stewart Friesen