Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” opened the month of March with one of its most hard-hitting episodes yet. The two-hour(ish) show featured a variety of discussions about short track racing and big-name drivers, as well as on-the-spot questions and the latest success stories from the past weekend.
Morning Bullring hosts Bob Dillner and Casey LaJoie, along with Speed51 Editor Brandon Paul got into it early, delving into whether or not NASCAR’s top stars could do more to improve their ties to short track racing. This triggered an off and on discussion throughout the entire show about the subject, as well as a poll on Speed51's PFC Brakes Twitter feed.
While Speed51’s Kendra Adams delivered the news and also talked about her impending return to race back home in Ontario, 51 photographer and New York State native Daryl Canfield made his “Morning Bullring” debut to go over his trip to North Georgia Speedway last Saturday for the ULTIMATE Southeast Series season opener, as well as the state of racing in Upstate New York on both dirt and asphalt.
The first driver to grace the PFC Performance Hotline on the morning was Alabama 200 winner Augie Grill, who claimed his fifth win in the event on Saturday. The driver of the No. 112 Late Model also hit upon the hot streak he is on to start 2019.
“I’ve been working my tail off to try and get back. I think I finally hit on something that’s going to work, and things are looking up. It’s a culmination of a few things, we’ve been working on some new stuff, and taking the time to put it into motion,” Grill explained.
From one of the most experienced Late Model stars to one of the up and comers, Limited Late Model driver Devon Morgan buzzed into the program to talk about his $6,000 payday on Saturday at South Carolina’s Greenville-Pickens Speedway in the 125-lap Meltdown race.
“It was a great race, definitely the longest race I’ve run in the car, but it was exciting from Lap 1 to 125. My crew chief came on the radio and said under caution for the last break, ‘We got special match tires for you down here for you and you should be alright’.”
On the dirt side, ULTIMATE Super Late Model star Michael Page chimed in as he was fresh off his dominating performance at North Georgia. While the victory might of appeared easy to some, it was anything but in the driver’s seat.
“It wasn’t the easiest, but it was pretty good, the car was pretty good, just kind of drove itself around there. But, you know if you mess up one time you’ve lost everything you got, so it’s kind of nerve-wracking to make sure you don’t do anything wrong.”
Looking ahead to the upcoming weekend, the Speed51 crew also took time to talk with Burt Myers on the season opener for the Southern Modified Racing Series at Caraway Speedway, Christian Eckes for Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series event at Five Flags Speedway, and CARS Tour promoter Chris Ragle for the opening round of 2019 at Southern National Motorsports Park for both Super Late Models and Late Model Stocks.
Those who missed the live show can catch an on-demand replay now by clicking here.
Interviews from the show will also be available individually in podcast form on iTunes and Google Play in the coming days.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT