We return to the air this week with No. 286, talking to a few winners and standouts from our time off. Michael J. Maxton took his first win at Coffeyville, KS in Limited Weld action. Paul Cox earned another Mad Dog award; this time it was at UTC and there were hints at more action with his NY Twin coming up in 2019. We finish with another truck story, where Nate Middendorf won at Bird Island in MN. We return to the air this week with No. 286, talking to a few winners and standouts from our time off. Michael J. Maxton took his first win at Coffeyville, KS in Limited Weld action. Paul Cox earned another Mad Dog award; this time it was at UTC and there were hints at more action with his NY Twin coming up in 2019. We finish with another truck story, where Nate Middendorf won at Bird Island in MN. We will also dive into the success of Team SYF at Herkimer, Co. winning nearly half of the heats contested at their hometown.
Our thoughts are also with the derby family and emergency responders in Deer Lodge, MT following the fatal accident at the Powell Co. Fairgrounds Sunday.
This week, we recap WinterSlam 2016 and talk with 80’s Chain Class winner Stacy Flynn and then compact class winner Jerad Ryan. We also discuss the Valentine’s Day Massacre at DeSoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla. and Randy Randy Mosloski’s impressive showing in the leftover weld class with his compact heat-winning Lumina. We finish up with a quick conversation with Jordan Rutherford about the Mo-Ohio Championships this weekend.
We talk to Otsego Co. Fair Full Size Winner Chad Winne, and then catch up with Team Double D, who swept the truck events at Otsego County and Chris rode to second with Jeremy Gulley on Sunday. Then, we turn attention to the upcoming Wadena Grand Slam, set for Saturday.
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 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.