The fourth edition of Speed51’s Morning Bullring brought the heat on Monday morning. In addition to recapping an eventful SRL Winter Showdown and looking forward to the start of Florida Speedweeks, a spirited discussion took place between two short track racing personalities who don't see eye-to-eye on a variety of topics.
With Morning Bullring host Bob Dillner on the road with MAVTV and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, it was Casey Lajoie who took over hosting duties for the week, while Alan Dietz of the Pro All Stars Series made a guest appearance in the co-host chair.
Speed51 Editor Brandon Paul and Operations Manager Mark Keeler led off the show with a recap of the Super Late Model action from the Winter Showdown this past Saturday at Kern County Raceway (CA) and the difficulties brought on by the rain, wind and electrical blackout which plagued the weekend.
Soon after, Dillner checked in from the state of Florida for a full review on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series weekend at Golden Isles Speedway (GA), while previewing the upcoming Winternationals at East Bay Raceway (FL) which begins on Monday night.
Leading off the driver call-ins for the show was 2018 Pro All Stars Series National champion Derek Griffith who will soon be making the flight from New Hampshire to Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, competing in the Super Late Models.
Griffith also looked ahead to defending his PASS National title in 2019.
“It’s tough to have expectations, but we just don’t want to go backwards," Griffith said. "Every year we’ve gotten a little better and a little better; this year, I’m hoping to do the same a little better than last year. I’m really looking forward to Richmond, the national deal is going to be awesome because I enjoy running a schedule that gets us out of the New England area.”
Ryan Preece made it a doubleheader for Northeast drivers, with the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion talking about his plans for New Smyrna next week, while also talking about his path from racing on Connecticut’s short tracks to his new ride in the NASCAR Cup Series for JTG-Daugherty Racing.
“It really comes down to winning, without winning you don’t meet people, and you don’t get those opportunities to have like that," Preece said. "If I wasn’t winning before I had the ride with Eddie (Partridge), and I wasn’t winning when I was racing with Al and Kathy Moniz from Thompson, who knows where that relationship is today.”
Fresh off his win in the Winter Showdown, four-time ARCA Midwest Tour champion Ty Majeski called in to talk about his $32,500 victory last Saturday and how he and the rest of the 37-car field approached the Super Late Model feature given the circumstances of the day.
“Nobody went in with the mindset of a 300-lap race because we were up against weather as far as the rain, and we were up against the clock because it was getting dark and we didn’t have power," Majeski said. "Everyone knew there was going to be a line in the sand there.”
Ending the show was one of the more anticipated discussions of the winter between two short track racing personalities who have debated many times on social media. Matt Weaver of Autoweek called in to talk in particular with Alan Dietz about their fiery relationship over the years.
“I admit that at times this has been a very contentious relationship between Alan and I, so I’m looking forward to talk through some of that here. I don’t think we’ve had a chance to clear the air and talk through it,” Weaver said.
It is an exchange that turned white hot in just the last week in a social media exchange between the two.
“I want to try and understand with you is that in one of our back and forth’s last week, you posted an email exchange about clearing the air. Personally, I didn’t want to clear the air,” Dietz commented.
Hear all of what they had to say, plus the latest news from Kendra Adams, Northeast driver questions from Connor Sullivan, and more by watching the Morning Bullring on-demand. (Click here to watch)
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor - Twitter: @Connor51CT
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