This week, we talk with Stewart Friesen, the winner of the Cole Cup 360 Sprint Race at Utica-Rome Speedway and Matt Tanner, the winner of the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout, held the night before the Cole Cup at Utica-Rome. Ward won the race with a Ward family-owned engine.
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
We welcome another star-studded field to the 31st Lap. Birthday boy Rob Bellinger will be in to talk about his win at Brewerton last Friday, and Mike Mahaney will talk about his co-win Wednesday at Can-Am. Marc Minutolo will discuss his record-setting win Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and Jay Fish comes in as the closer to talk about the newly revamped Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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Unofficial driver of the week: Jeremiah Shingledecker, after winning at Sharon Speedway!
Tech issues on our end did omit a portion of the Jay Fish interview… our apologies.
Rob Bellinger 16:00
Mike Mahaney 35:00
Marc Minutolo 1:10:00
Jay Fish 1:20:00
Lance Yonge will be on the show next week, along with Dean Reynolds’ return as a guest host and Paul Guererri, Nick Guererri, and Matt Guererri as the guests.