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McKean “super” at Magic Valley Speedway

May 9th, 2012

TWIN FALLS, ID — Whether or not Saturday’s “Super Moon” had anything to do with it is still in question, but nevertheless Kris McKean had a big night at Magic Valley Speedway.

McKean started out the evening’s Commercial Tire Super Stocks events breaking his own track record by setting a new qualifying time of 15.864 seconds around the one-third mile track. Next he went on to win his heat race.

For the main event a total of 11 cars occupied the starting grid. Driving the No. 7 car McKean began from the seventh position and by lap seven had worked his way up behind race leader Allen Williams. Daniel Shirley, looking for his first main event win of the season followed closely.

Three laps later McKean got into the bumper of Williams hard enough to get around him but in the process it allowed Shirley to take over the lead. At lap 19 a caution necessitated a restart and the beginning of several laps of a side-by-side battle between Shirley and McKean. McKean finally muscled his way around Shirley at lap 23 to take the lead for good and the eventual win at lap 40.

“I got crossed up going into three and got down into him(Shirley) pretty good,” McKean said of the outcome of the battle for the lead. “He got the advantage coming up out of four and I knew I wasn’t going to get back on the outside of him so I had to give him a little nudge and get underneath him. This is just a real competitive class right now.”

For Shirley, it was the end of a disappointing night.

“He got into me and I just couldn’t hold on,” he admitted.

Hannah Newhouse finished third. Casey Pehrson would not complete the main event having to exit to the pits with mechanical issues at lap 21.

With the winning outing McKean takes over the lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing feature division standings with a seven point lead over Hannah Newhouse and a 16 point lead over Shirley.

Jason Todd won his first main event race of the season with the Brennan’s Carpet Street Stocks. Todd lost the lead of the race to Ernie Hall at lap four but regained the position after contact at lap 26 between Hall and Paul Browne sent Hall to the pits for the remainder of the event. Todd cruised to the victory 3.595 seconds ahead of Browne.

Other main event winners included Chad Everett with the Magic Valley Pipe Hornets and Jason Skyberg with the Super Sixes. Both drivers held off hard-charging rivals for the victory.

Doss impressive in RMCS win

April 25th, 2012

TWIN FALLS, ID — They don’t even have a driver’s license, but they sure know their way around the track. Last weekend Hannah Newhouse, 15, became the youngest female driver to win a NASCAR home track feature division main event race. Saturday night Jeremy Doss, also 15, became the youngest driver to capture a main event victory in a Rocky Mountain Challenge Series race.

Driving for the first time at Magic Valley Speedway Doss, of Upper Lake, California was the fastest qualifier putting up a time of 14.528 seconds around the one-third mile track. Doss went on to win his heat race but with the field inverted for the start he began the main from the tenth position in a field of 12.

Driving the No. 15 car Steve Gannon took over the lead at lap five and held the position though three restarts after cautions. Just after lap 36 Doss, who had quickly worked his way through the field began applying the pressure to the rear
bumper of Gannon, finally making the pass for the lead at lap 51. Three laps later Doss had his restart skills tested after the car of Morgan Rasmussen spun to the infield but Doss continued his front runner position.

Doss’ biggest challenge towards the end of the race came from 2010 RMCS champions Steve Jones. Jones tried to reel him in as the laps ran down but Doss was able to complete the trifecta, taking the checkered flag 3.3 seconds ahead of Jones. John Nesmith, Bruce Quale and Gannon rounded out the top five of the Lonnie Lowder Memorial 75.

“I’d say the hardest part of the race was getting around the 15 car,” Doss admitted. “But I couldn’t believe how good my car was sticking. The crew had it set up really well.”

Doss centers the majority of his racing at tracks near his hometown in Northern California. He got his start in go-karts but has branched out to the Legends Series and now is trying his hand at the late models.

“This is his eighth time in a late model and we haven’t finished out of the top three yet – and we have three wins now,” reported crew chief Dale Dodds.

In Commercial Tire Super Stocks action Kris McKean won his heat race and started from the front row for the feature division 35-lap main. As the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race progressed Daniel Shirley fought McKean door-to-door for several laps battling for the victory with last weekend’s main event winner Hannah Newhouse right behind. In the final rounds McKean was able pull just enough ahead to cross the finish line less than one second in front of Shirley.

Paul Browne muscled his way to the lead at lap nine and then began to pull away from the field taking his second win of the season in the Brennan’s Carpet Street Stocks. Hailey Douglas won her first race of year with the Quale’s Electronics Jr. Stingers.

Rocky Mountain Raceways Enter Their 15th Season With a New Leader

February 19th, 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – The 2010 season was more of a dream season for Rocky Mountain Raceways, an ASA Member Track in West Valley City, Utah. The track is now the home of two national champions, one at their oval track and another on their drag strip. They will come into their 2011 season with high hopes and a new General Manager.

Mike Eames replaces Doug Binstock, who retired after the 2010 season. Binstock went out on a high note as Bryan Wordelman, the 2010 Maverik Modified track champion, won the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship on the oval track. If that was not all, on the drag strip side, Chris Hall won the 2010 IHRA Summit Super Series No Box World Championship. Eames comes into his new role with confidence this season, ” It would be hard to fathom topping last year with the success we had on the race track. I firmly believe that Utah has some of the best racers in the country,” Eames said. “I would put our guys and gals against anyone. I would not be shocked if we had similar success in 2011.”

With his new role, he has a basic goal for this season. “We have a fantastic venue. I would like to be just a little bit better in all areas. My goal is simple: +1. I want one more car racing, one more fan attending, one more dollar at the concession stand and one more sponsor.” Along with the success the track had, they are also reaching a milestone this season, “We will be celebrating our 15th anniversary this year and we have a lot of fun stuff planned,” Eames announced. “We have several big events, starting with Military Appreciation Day on May 30. We have big firework shows planned for July 2 and July 23. July 23 will also feature the SRL Southwest Tour which will be stopping in Salt Lake City for the first time. Our very popular Maverik Clash of the Titans Monster Truck show is August 13 and 14, followed by the Doomsday of Destruction trailer race on Labor day.”

When Eames was announced as the new General Manager, one of the first people he met was ASA President Dennis Huth. “ASA provides us with such outstanding support on all levels. Dennis and his entire team have helped me so much getting my feet on the ground,” Eames said. “They really care about the racers and finding ways to help the communication between all the tracks. The Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Championship gives all the grass roots racers a really big carrot to work for throughout the year.” Even though he has been running around since he started his new position, he realizes that he cannot make it alone. “I just want to thank all those people that have reached out with kind words through my transition to General Manager,” Eames said. “I really do appreciate it. I wish all the tracks around the country big crowds, big profits, and big smiles!”

“It is a pleasure to see how Spencer Young’s vision, that he had 15 years ago, be the success that it is today,” Dennis Huth, ASA President said. “Doug Binstock did an incredible job helping Spencer with his vision. Mike Eames will do a great job in continuing what both Spencer and Doug started and continue the success at Rocky Mountain Raceways. We are proud to have a top notch facility as part of our championship team.”

Located in West Valley City, Utah, RMR is a 3/8-mile asphalt oval with seating for 5200 spectators and VIP suites. Along with the oval track, the multipurpose facility includes an NHRA drag strip, motocross course, and the world’s first manmade rock crawling facility. Track elevation: 4,200 ft. To can learn more about RMR, check out their 2011 season schedule and latest news by visiting, www.rmrracing.com. To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit www.asa-racing.com.

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to info@asa-racing.com. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com. ASA®, ASA Racing®, American Speed Association® are registered trademarks of Racing Speed Associates, LLC.

Waters put the heat in the Firecracker 100

August 2nd, 2008

The #24 driven by veteran
Jimmy Waters picked up tonight’s victory with points leader #36 Ryan
Burdett close on his heels. Just 0.187 seconds separated these two
racers at the checkered flag. Both these drivers are even more
impressive on the brakes than they are on the gas. Driving 700+
horsepower machines is incredible but you’d better know how to slow it
down in the corners properly and these two drivers are the best there
are in that category. The best finish tonight for an out-of-state racer
was third place finisher #14 Scott Pierovich who hails from California.
The #14 and his crew had trouble heading back home to Cali as their
hitch broke on their big 18-wheeler tow rig. No word yet if they got
their rig fixed and are back on the road.

The Keith McArthur Foundation added to the Firecracker 100 purse above
and beyond monies award by USAC and RMR for the first thru third place
finishers. The late Keith McArthur was a huge racing fan and his son
Kem, presented a $1000.00 check to winner Jimmy Waters, a $300.00 check
to Ryan Burdett for second place, and a $200.00 check to Scott Pierovich
for third place. A portion of the Keith McArthur Foundation purse money
came from Red Powell of Custom Industries.

There are only two races left in the 2008 season for the USAC Sprints
and the current top 3 racers are #36 Ryan Burdett, #4 JoJo Helberg, and
#24 Jimmy Waters. Just 69 points separate these open wheel competitors
from a championship and better luck next year!

MAVERIK MODIFIEDS

Nearly all 21 cars finished on the lead lap with winner Gary Madsen but
they all finished behind him as victory lane belonged to the #11 and his
crew for the third time this year. It is hard to think about this being
Madsen’s farewell season with him doing so well locally and nationally
with ASA Racing. But if you’re gonna hang up your helmet and take a seat
in the grandstands, why not retire while you’re on top! Finishing second
tonight was the #84 of Mark Ith Jr who was the only other driver with a
lap time in the 15-second or quicker range. Ith logged his best lap time
and best speed on lap 45 which is just 5 laps before the checkered but
Madsen kept the gap between him and the #84 to 1.192 seconds.

FORD FOCUS MIDGETS

Maverik Monster Trakker monster truck driver Ron Duncombe took the
driver seat today in the #4 Ford Focus Midget. Duncombe gets away with
driving over cars in the Monster Trakker but today he kept all four
tires on the racing surface. He qualified last out of the field of 13
cars while getting used to his quick and agile Midget. “These cars are a
little twitchy and it took a little getting used to,” Duncombe said
while talking about his 11th place finish in the main event. “It was a
lot of fun and I can’t wait to get back in the car,” Duncombe added
while smiling.

Latham Rocks Field in RMCS Action

July 19th, 2008

The win was also his first of the season and erased recent bad luck that has prevented several strong finishes over the first half of the season. Craig Bell finished a strong second followed by John Dillon, John Newhouse, and Thane Alderman.

Series championship point leader Dave Minegar continued his dominance setting the Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time for the fourth consecutive race. The quick time award was his 19th career effort as he laid down a fast lap of 15.144 seconds around the ultra-fast 3/8-mile paved oval. Bell, Dan Koyle, Newhouse, and local first year competitor Mitch Dickinson rounded out the top five in qualifying.

The customary RMCS invert of 20-cars put Jeff Hillock and first time competitor
Michael Haddenham on the front row. Whenever a first time competitor starts a race on the front row, most hold their breath hoping the field completes the lap unscathed. Unfortunately, Haddenham did not get up to speed at the drop of the green and lost the handle on his ride heading into turn one. The result collected no less than ten cars and ended the night for himself and Wyoming’s Shane Thompson.

Hillock led the first five laps before giving way to Eric Rhead who paced the field for five circuits. Craig Bell then took the point through lap 24 before yielding to Bobby Latham who dominated the rest of the event from his 12th place starting position.

Craig Bell was never able to mount a serious challenge on the youngster and settled for his best finish of the season. Two-time race winner Dave Minegar was able to drive his way to second by the middle portion of the race from his 20th starting position but faded when an upper control arm broke late in the event. Minegar limped home in 8th.

The drive of the night went to Jim Wulfenstein who started shotgun on the field and was able to move to the front and finish in the 7th position in his first start of the year. A-1 Rookie leader Dan Koyle finished the race in the ninth position and extended his rookie lead over Steve Jones

Latham has been impressive this year leading 202 of the 400 contested thus far. To finally get the win erases a lot of disappointment. “We have had great cars at each race all season,” Latham said. “We really wanted this one and it feels great to win at RMR. This place is so fast and fun to race. You can really hang it out there and this win is for all the guys at Thompson Motorsports.”

Despite the finish, Minegar maintains a healthy lead in the championship standings by 154 points over John Newhouse. John Dillon drops to third ten points back. Thane Alderman holds down the fourth spot with Craig Bell rounding out the top five. Latham moved up to sixth in the standings 198 markers behind Minegar. Tom Hill sits seventh after a sixth place performance followed by rookies Dan Koyle, Steve Jones, and Mitch Dickinson.

Latham picked up the CarbonX Winner’s Bonus and the Thompson Motosports Halfway
Challenge money. Craig Bell scored the Thompson Motorsports Most Improved Award, while Minegar earned the Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award and Dan Koyle collected the A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning Rookie Bonus.

There were three lead changes among four drivers with Latham leading the most laps (75). Seven drivers finished on the lead lap and nine of the top ten finishers started outside the top ten.

The next event for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday, August 2 at Stateline Stadium Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho in night two of the Idaho 200 race weekend . For all the latest news and information regarding the RMCS onto www.rmcsracing.com.

Third Time a Charm for RMCS at RMR

July 13th, 2008

In fact they have, as two previous events this season have been cancelled due to an electrical outage and inclement weather. RMR has a wide racing surface and has produced some of the best short-track racing over the past decade as well as being a mainstay on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series since inception.

James Eaton of West Valley, Utah is the all-time RMCS event winner with six career triumphs and four of those coming at RMR. Two of Eaton’s wins have come in this event. His teammate and fan favorite Zan Sharp of Wellsville has two career victories at the 3/8-mile speedplant along with local star Lynn Hardy who has seen victory lane twice at RMR in RMCS competition.

Last season, 2006 RMCS champion Dave Minegar of Boise, Idaho won two of the three series races staged at RMR winning not only the feature event on both occasions but also taking home victories in his heat races and the trophy dash dominating the action along with setting the fast qualifying mark. He is looking for more of the same this year.

So far this season Minegar is on a tear, winning two of three races and scoring four straight Sharp powder Coating Fast Time Awards and tying Eaton with six wins. “I can’t wait to get back to RMR,” Minegar said. “I love that place and the racing action always keeps the fans on the edge of their seat.”

The fans in Salt Lake have been waiting a long time for an RMCS show,” stated Mike Minegar, president of the RMCS. “All the guys are excited to get back into action and hopefully the show this weekend goes off without a hitch.”

Minegar leads the point standings, but John Dillon, defending champion John
Newhouse, and Thane Alderman are seprated by just ten points. Dan Koyle leads Steve Jones, and Mitch Dickinson in the A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning rookie standings. Lynn Hardy holds the one lap qualifying record at RMR with a quick lap of 14.944 seconds around the ultra-fast paved oval.

Bobby Latham III has led the most laps this season (126) from an average starting position of 17th. But victory has eluded the young hot shoe from Twin Falls, Idaho as mechanical issues have sidelined him at each race this season. Look for Latham to a threat to win Saturday after having several weeks to go through his car with a fine tooth comb.

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is a lot of passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes along with finishing position points for the race. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards for each event including: The ESI Hotshoe Award paying $400 to the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the race. The CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus paying $5 for every green flag lap led. Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award pays $100 for setting fast time. The Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge pays $100 to the driver leading at halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most positions over the previous event. The top finishing rookie in each event will receive $100 from A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is proud to recognize its corporate
marketing partners: CarbonX, Hoosier Racing Tire, Thompson Motorsports, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Frank’s Racing Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd’s Performance and Dyno, Joe’s Racing Products, and PPG Paint.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that
allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of
racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum
opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com

Reiger Wins Copper Cup Classic for 5th Year in a Row!

July 9th, 2008

He also broke his own Quickest Lap Time Track Record by 0.082 seconds. Reiger was also quickest and fastest in Qualifying, quickest and fastest in his Heat Race, and quickest and fastest in the Main Event.

Joining the Super Modifieds tonight were two USAC Sprint Cars with wings. They were driven by #24 Jimmy Waters and #74 Eric Barlow.

MAVERIK MODIFIEDS
The very green #41 Modified driven by Michael Haddenham . . . scratch that . . . driven by his entire team has won two Main Events in a row. Haddenham might get strapped into that car but an entire fleet of people are lined up along the wall in turn 4 with their hearts into it as much as he is. I think they’ve also created a new mascot along with their new paint job. The evil clown image on the nose of the #41 has come to life! You might have seen him cheering on Haddenham during the Main Event trophy presentation.

#11 Gary Madsen and #01 Michael Hale finished 4th and 5th respectively. Both drivers are in the hunt for the ASA Racing Joe Gibbs National Championship.

SUPER STOCKS
The #7 of Tyler Whetstone has been synonymous with Super Stocks and winning. Whetstone has always been quick and always been fast but four #2 overall championships have been haunting him for a long time. Both Whetstone and his Super Stock have been on rails lately and I’m sure championship has crossed his mind as of late but he will have to sit out the rest of the entire season healing from a softball injury. Just this past Wednesday, Whetstone ruptured his patellular tendon his knee and ended up having surgery the following day. Surgery some 48 hours before a Main Event cannot be good. Whetstone tells me he will be in a straight leg brace for 6-8 weeks and physical therapy will start after that. Get all healed up there Mr. #7 and get back in that car!

Rocky Mountain Raceway

July 3rd, 2008

He started on the inside of the second row and ended up battling it out with the #44 of Randy Celia all the while #33 Bill Osoro started to gain a small lead. In turn 4 on lap 15, the very green #41 started showing a nose to the #33 to let him know he was there. By lap 20, the top 5 on the leader board were #41, 33, #79, #48, and #44. By lap 25 the #79 of Jeffrey Webster started to let Haddenham know that the race wasn’t over yet. On lap 35, The #20 and #50 spun out on the start/finish line causing a restart which took away the lead the #41 has started to build up. But by lap 44, the #41 has gained a lead that would carry him to victory lane! Kudos to the entire team and the setup they gave Michael Haddenham to drive.

SUPER STOCKS
Until tonight, Tyler Whetstone has won every main event in the Super Stocks for 2008. This might make it seem like he’s had an easy going of it or that the competition is weak. The truth is that Whetstone has had to fight during every lap of all four main events. This second place finished tonight was one for the record books as he crossed the start/finish line . . . backwards! Whetstone and the #65 of Shad Dallin were on the gas hard on the drive out of turn 4 and Whetstone tapped the #65 with the left front corner of his Super Stock. This caused Whetstone to face the wrong direction with the heart of the Super Stock pack coming right at him! Whetstone quickly got into the infield near the entrance of turn 1 without further incident. Nice racing guys but let’s keep the cars facing forward! Just for the record, the finish line difference between 1st place and 2nd place was just 0.095 seconds . . . Now that’s close!

PRO TRUCKS
The Pro Trucks have been putting on a good show every single time they come out. Tonight was no exception. Several trucks left parts on the track again and I don’t think there was a truck out there tonight that didn’t have paint on it from a competitor’s truck. The worst of all this was during Heat Race 1 when the #7 of Wade Hugoe [Woods Cross, UT] unintentionally t-boned the #11 of Kent Jensen [Twin Falls, ID] who had spun out in turn 4. The #11 was trying to get his truck facing the right way when he came into Hugoe’s path of travel. Both trucks sustained a lot of damage with probably Hugoe’s truck receiving the worst of it. Both drivers are OK so let’s hope both trucks can get repaired in time for the remaining two Pro Truck events (August 10 and August 20). Great competition and great racing from the Pro Trucks!

RMCS Drivers, Teams, and Fans Looking for Magical Night

June 8th, 2008

The Pepsi “125″ is the third of four races to be staged at the 1/3-mile
paved this season and is the 19th series event to be run at MVS. Last year’s
winner Bobby Latham III has been mired in bad luck so far this season but
knows tomorrow could all change that. Latham won three big money races in
the series last season and all coming at Magic Valley Speedway. “I can’t
wait for the race,” Latham said. “We just love racing at MVS and this would
be the perfect weekend to turn our luck around.”

Latham drives a Dodge prepared by Shane Prince out the Thompson Motorsports
camp and is focused on adding another championship to his resume’. I really
want to win races and championships in all divisions I compete in,” Latham
said. “The RMCS is a tough series and you have to be really good every race
because the competition is. We invert 20 cars at each race so that means you
have to qualify fast if you hope to get the points. Winning is great but
qualifying is critical.”

Dave Minegar holds the track qualifying record at MVS with a quick lap of
14.216 seconds set last fall. He also holds the series records for most
Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Awards (17) and has already set fast time in
both races this season. Minegar finished 4th at MVS in the opening round
then swept the action in the last race at MVS. “We feel like we are finally
getting a handle on what it takes at Magic Valley,” Minegar said.

Steve Jones is a local fan favorite at Magic Valley Speedway and multi-time
champion. Jones has won more than 100 features races at MVS in nearly twenty
years of competing at the track. Jones is currently second in the A-1
Heating and Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year honors on the CarbonX RMCS
Tour. Jones has scored two top five finishes at MVS this season and is
looking for more.

“I love racing this series,” Jones stated. “It is a lot different than
running the weekly show. These guys are great drivers and you can tell they
work on their cars until they are perfect. Racing is racing, but racing the
RMCS is really testing our team. We have been good so far but we need to be
great to beat these guys,”

Other Magic Valley regulars will join the field for the Pepsi “125″
including Bruce Quale who is driving a partial RMCS schedule this season.
Former Pepsi Premier driver Travis Monett is battling Jones in the rookie
along with Dan Koyle who made the jump to the RMCS from the local truck
series. Koyle currently leads the A-1 rookie point standings. Defending
series champion John Newhouse sits second in the point standings and eyes
his third victory at MVS. “This is going to be a great race on Saturday,”
Newhouse said. I think we have something for the rest of the guys.”

Also joining the series this weekend is TJ Woodall who will be making his
second career series start on Saturday. Woodall scored an impressive sixth
place finish when the series visited MVS last month.

Dave Minegar leads the point standings by 79 markers over John Newhouse.
Former NASCAR champion John Dillon is third with Craig Bell and Thane
Alderman rounding out the top five. The second five are lead by Latham
followed by Jones, Tom Hill, Dan Koyle, and Shane Thompson from Wyoming.

CarbonX, the industry leader in fire resistant underwear and clothing, is
title sponsor of the premier Late Model series. Along with CarbonX several
new sponsors have joined the RMCS team including: Thompson Motorsports,
Performance Solutions, Kidd Performance, and Joe’s Racing Products.
Long-time sponsors ESI, A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder
Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Frank’s Radios, and Hoosier continue their
long association with the series

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in any other regional touring
series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race
putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race
fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded
three points per position gained in the event. Through the history of the
series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To
ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation
for the event and provides several special performance awards for the event
including: The ESI Hotshoe Award paying $400 to the driver who sets fast
time and goes on to win the race. CarbonX will pay a Lap Leader Bonus of $5
for every lap led. Sharp Powder Coating pays $100 for setting fast time at
each series race. The Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge will pay $100
to the driver leading at halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports
Performance Improvement Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most
positions over the previous event.

“Despite some economic fears that are out there, this series is growing and
we could not be more excited,” stated Mike Minegar, president of the RMCS.
“We have a great racing formula that fans love and the drivers respond to.
The Pepsi “125″ is always a great event for us as Brian Bolton and his team
really makes this a fun event.”

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series
that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types
of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers
maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West.
The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest
news and information regarding the CarbonX rocky Mountain Challenge Series
log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com

Madsen Marches his Modified to Season Win #2

June 6th, 2008

He stayed in the #5 spot until lap 30 where he moved into the Top 3. The #11 survived unscathed from a multi-car accident on lap 35. The accident took out the #84 of Mark Ith who walked off the track carrying his helmet while Jeff Midgley took care of his car. The #77 of Todd Beach was also involved in that wreck and suffered damage to the left-rear corner of his car. He went to the pits for some repairs and returned to fight again. The #41 of Michael Haddenham also left the track to deal with repairs from the same wreck. His repairs included a right-front flat tire but Haddenham returned to finish 11th overall.

SUPER STOCKS (25 laps)
Tyler Whetstone has made it three wins in a row! It hasn’t been easy and between the three Main Events, he has had four different drivers finish 2nd and 3rd overall behind him. This means there are many other drivers in the Super Stock class that are capable of the Victory Circle so Tyler needs to stay on his game.

CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Heads to RMR

May 26th, 2008

The Young Chevrolet “100″ is an annual Memorial Day tradition for area race fans and the competitors of the RMCS.

James Eaton of West Valley, Utah is the all-time RMCS event winner with six
career triumphs and four of those coming at RMR. Two of Eaton’s wins have come in this event. His teammate and fan favorite Zan Sharp of Wellsville has two career victories at the 3/8-mile speedplant along with local star Lynn Hardy who has seen victory lane twice at RMR in RMCS competition.

Last season, 2006 RMCS champion Dave Minegar of Boise, Idaho won two of the
three series races staged at RMR winning not only the feature event on both
occasions but also taking home victories in his heat races and the trophy dash dominating the action along with setting the fast qualifying mark. He is looking for more of the same this year.

“We have really done well at RMR,” Minegar said. “It is such a fun track to
drive. It is the kind of track we drivers just love. We were disappointed that our event early this month at RMR was cancelled (Power grid failure in the West Valley) and we are all excited to be back for the Memorial Day event.”

Minegar knows a little something about getting around the racetrack as he is
the series all-time Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award winner with 17 career fast times. Local standout Hardy holds the track record set back in May of 2006 with a quick lap of 14.944 seconds/90.334 mph.

Over the four previous Young Chevrolet “100″ Memorial Day events, the winner
of the race has had an average starting position of 16th with Minegar starting the deepest (20th) last season.

Thane Alderman has led the most laps in competition this season (79) followed by Bobby Latham III (25). Latham is looking to rebound after a flat tire derailed his finish at MVS last weekend. “We have a fast racecar but our finishes don’t tell the story,” Latham stated. “This is a race I have really wanted to win and we are focused on winning Monday night. I love racing at RMR but have just not had any luck. I hope to change that Monday night.”

Dan Koyle holds a one point advantage over Steve Jones in a talented group of A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year competitors after two events. Other rookie competitors include: TJ Woodall, Shane Thompson, Mitch
Dickinson, Travis Monett, David Peterson, Dylan Caldwell, Nathan Olsen, and
Eric Rhead.

Minegar holds a 79 point advantage over defending series champion John
Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho after two races. Former NW Tour champion John
Dillon sits third in the standings with Craig Bell and Thane Alderman
rounding out the top five in the standings.

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring
series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race
putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race
fans see what they paid for and that is a lot of passing. Each driver is
awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also
awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes along with finishing position
points for the race. Through the history of the series, the winning driver
has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS
pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides
several special performance awards for each event including: The ESI Hotshoe
Award paying $400 to the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the
race. The CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus paying $5 for every green flag lap led.
Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award pays $100 for setting fast time. The
Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge pays $100 to the driver leading at
halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement
Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most positions over the previous
event.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is proud to recognize its
corporate marketing partners: CarbonX, Hoosier Racing Tire, Thompson
Motorsports, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five
Star Racing Bodies, Frank’s Racing Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd’s
Performance and Dyno, Joe’s Racing Products, and PPG Paint.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series
that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types
of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers
maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West.
The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest
news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com

Minegar Scores Magic Valley

May 22nd, 2008

Minegar started his evening off in fine fashion collecting his 17th (most all-time) career Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 14.425 seconds around the tricky one-third mile paved oval. Local standout Bobby Latham III was second quick followed by two-time series champion Zan Sharp, rookie Dan Koyle, and former NASCAR NW Tour champion John Dillon.

After the qualifying the field was set for three 12-lap heat races which were won by Minegar, Latham, and TJ Woodall making his first career series start. The feature line-up put Minegar starting 20th due to the customary RMCS invert and A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning rookie competitor Mitch Dickinson and Tyler Monroe on the front row to lead the field.

Rookie Mitch Dickinson led the first three circuits before giving way to fellow
rookie Dylan Caldwell who led for four laps. As the field sorted itself out, Thane Alderman, who makes the long tow from Las Vegas, NV. for each RMCS race, took the reins on lap nine and would control the pace of the race for the next 75 laps.

While Alderman looked to run away with the show from his fifth starting position, Minegar started to work on the field, methodically passing cars. By lap 56, Minegar had moved into the third position just behind Dillon who had started the event from the 16th spot.

Minegar made his way to the rear bumper of Alderman by lap 78 and looked for a way around the Las Vegas pilot. Alderman and Minegar waged a spirited battle for several laps until Minegar was able to get by on lap 84 taking Craig Bell and Dillon with him. Alderman was able to get back by Bell and Dillon on lap 85 with Dillon returning the favor on lap 87.

Minegar crossed the finish line to score his fifth career triumph by just 3/10′s of a second over Dillon. Defending series champion John Newhouse rallied back to finish third followed by rookie Steve Jones and Alderman rounding out the top five. The second five were led by Woodall, Tyler Monroe, Craig Bell, Dan Koyle and Shane Thompson.

The action was slowed 12 times for caution involving several single car spins. Bobby Latham III had a top five run spoiled when he cut a tire late in the action and lost one lap eventually finishing 12th. Fourteen of 22 starters were running at the conclusion of the event with eleven cars running on the lead lap. Six of the top ten finishers started outside the top ten.

Minegar won the $100 Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award along with the ESI Hotshoe Bonus of $800 for winning the race and setting fast time. Steve Jones picked the rookie honors and the $100 bonus from A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning. Thane Alderman earned the $100 Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge while Chris Schrade won the Thompson Motorsports Driver Improvement Award for improving the most positions over the previous race (10). There were three lead changes between four drivers with Dickinson, Caldwell, Alderman, and Minegar all receiving the CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus.

The unofficial point standings after three races has Minegar (655) ahead of Newhouse (476) by 179 points. Dillon is third (454) with Bell (429) and Alderman (418) rounding out the top five in the standings. Steve Jones is the top rookie in sixth just one point out of fifth.

The next event for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Monday, May 26 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in SLC for the Young Chevrolet “100″ For all the latest news and information regarding the RMCS please log onto www.rmcsracing.com.

Jones Hoping for Magical Night in RMCS Action

May 17th, 2008

The Falls Brand “100″ is the second of four races to be staged at the 1/3-mile paved this season and is the 18th series event to be run at MVS. Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho picked up the victory at MVS last month and would like nothing more than to have a repeat performance. “We had a great car that night and I feel we are even better prepared this time around,” Hill said. “This series is tough and with the race being 100 laps I think there will be a few more guys in the mix this time out.”

Dave Minegar holds the track qualifying record at MVS with a quick lap of 14.216 seconds set last fall. He also holds the series records for most Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Awards (16) and has already set fast time in both races this season. Minegar finished 4th at MVS last month and is looking to improve on that performance.

“You can’t really take anything for granted,” Minegar said. “With the inert we run it is important to qualify well so you get the points. You may not always be in position to win starting at the back but running in the top five guarantees a good point’s night and that is what is important.”

Even though he hails from Boise, Steve Jones is a local fan favorite at Magic Valley Speedway. Jones has raced at MVS for nearly twenty years winning well over 100 races and several track championships. This season Jones is stepping out of his comfort zone and competing for A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year honors on the CarbonX RMCS Tour. Jones finished third in his series debut last month and would like nothing better than to score his first career victory in front of his many loyal fans.

“I am having a lot of fun so far with the RMCS,” Jones said. “This is a whole
different deal and the competition is really deep. I am still learning the car but I like the way it drives so I feel pretty good about Saturday night. I am a bit down on horsepower but that did not affect us to bad in the last race. So who knows, I just want to be there at the end.”

Racing in the RMCS provides a rookie driver numerous challenges, least of which is logistical. “I have had to plan a lot differently this season,” Jones continued. “I used to just get in the car each week and drive, but I am finding I am spending a lot more time in the shop working on the setup, which is critical in the series. I still have a lot to learn but I really like what Mike (Minegar) has done with this series. It is a lot of fun and is a great series to be a part of.”

Dave Minegar leads the point standings by 26 markers over Tom Hill. Craig Bell is third with John Newhouse and Bobby Latham III rounding out the top five. Thane Alderman, Steve Jones, John Dillon, Dan Koyle, and Mike Marston are the second five in the standings. Dan Koyle leads Steve Jones in the rookie battle after two races.

CarbonX, the industry leader in fire resistant underwear and clothing, is enjoying their first season as title sponsor of the premier Late Model series. Along with CarbonX several new sponsors have joined the RMCS team including: Thompson Motorsports, Performance Solutions, Kidd Performance, and Joe’s Racing Products. Long-time sponsors ESI, A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Frank’s Radios, and Hoosier continue their long association with the series

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in any other regional touring series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards for the event including: The ESI Hotshoe Award paying $400 to the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the race. The award for this event is up to $1200 since it has not been won so far this season. CarbonX will pay a Lap Leader Bonus of $5 for every lap led. Sharp Powder Coating pays $100 for setting fast time at each
series race. The Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge will pay $100 to the driver leading at halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most positions over the previous event.

“We have had an interesting start to the season this year,” stated Mike Minegar, president of the RMCS. “We had a great event at MVS last month but had a power outage in Salt Lake two weeks ago causing us to cancel the event before the green flag. We are excited to get back to racing and I know the fans in Twin Falls will see a great race Saturday night.”

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com

Modifieds Go Double Main with Double Excitement

May 13th, 2008

Main Event #2 started with #77 Todd Beach on the inside of Row #1 and #44 Randy Celia on the outside of Row #1. Main Event #2 was schedule for 50 laps and started with a field of 25 machines. The #30 of Nick Parker hardly had the time to enjoy his win from earlier in the night and then found himself starting Main Event #2 from the 9th row. The #77 of Todd Beach held onto his impressive lead until Lap #11 when #23 Daniel Madsen spun out causing Todd had to make an evasive maneuver. This allowed #50 Roger Wilson to take the lead.

The #4 of Lynn Hardy left the track on Lap 44 just as the single file restart was ready to go green again. Hardy’s exit could put a dent in his hopes for the ASA Short Track National Championship. #11 Gary Madsen moved into Lynn Hardy’s spot with just 6 laps left to find a way around the #01 in hopes of his second podium finish of 2008. Madsen kept trying to stick a nose around the driver’s side of the #01 but laps ran out and the #01 picked up the win.

Burdett Racks Up Impressive Numbers
The #36 of Ryan Burdett has been riding a wave of dominance dating back to last September when the word champion was etched along with his name. He continued that dominance with a win to open the 2008 season back on April 26th.

Ryan left the track after an on-track mishap during Lap 38 but returned to the line up in time for the restart and finished the Main Event in 4th overall. Young gun pilot JoJo Helberg of the #4 picked up the well-deserved win and took the points lead by just 3 points. Look for everyone in this competitive field to pick up the pace at the Young Chevrolet 100 on Monday, May 26th.

Power Goes Out During the Maverik Modifieds

May 7th, 2008

The #22 of Beau Newhouse ran most of the event with his nose sitting in the infield. The loss of aerodynamics didn’t slow him down one bit as he continually challenged eventually winner #38Johnny Pierre for track space. Pierre’s truck was probably the only one that looked the same at the end of the event as it did when it brought into the facility.

The #7 of Wade Hugoe was apparently watching Friday Night’s Drift Enterprise show as his power sliding techniques were providing excitement for the fans that faired the cooler night air to watch the battle on the track. I guess if you can’t keep ‘em from going around you then take up two lanes!

Just when you thought the drivers had settled down and got back to door-to-door action, the #99 of Lou Anderson had worked his way up the pack to let #22 Newhouse know he was there. On the final lap for the checkered flag, the #22 literally pushed the #99 across the finish line. The nose of the 22 was all over the driver’s door of the #99. It don’t matter if your rig is pointing north, south, east, or west when you cross the line . . . just take the checkered under power!

EVENT NOTES
Last year’s Pro Truck Champion, #12 Ken Vanderham finished 4th overall in the Main Event.

Best Lap Time = 17.107 – #12 Ken Vanderham
Best Speed = 78.915 mph – #12 Ken Vanderham

11 of the 12 trucks completed all 30 laps.

During lap 13 of the Maverik Modified Main Event, there was an extensive power outage at the racetrack and the race was not completed. The Main Event for the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series did not take place at all.

RMR Hosts CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

May 3rd, 2008

James Eaton of West Valley, Utah is the all-time RMCS event winner with six career triumphs and four of those coming at RMR. His teammate and fan favorite Zan Sharp of Wellsville has two career victories at the 3/8-mile speed plant along with local star Lynn Hardy who has seen victory lane twice at RMR in RMCS competition.

While the local drivers tend to grab a lot of the focus, RMR has been the place
where several drivers have earned their first series victory. Craig Bell of Kuna, Idaho, Eddy McKean of Jerome, and Rip Michels out of California have all visited victory lane at RMR.

Last season, 2006 RMCS champion Dave Minegar of Boise, Idaho won two of the three series races staged at RMR winning not only the feature event on both occasions but also taking home victories in his heat races and the trophy dash dominating the action. In the other race last season he finished second.

“The place (RMR) is just a fun place to race,” Minegar said. “The track really
produces good side-by-side racing. Like most races, it always comes down to who has the best car at the end so setup is crucial because if you miss it by just a bit then you miss it by a lot.”

Minegar knows a little something about getting around the racetrack as he is the series all-time Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award winner with 15 career fast times. Local standout Hardy holds the track record set back in May of 2006 with a quick lap of 14.944 seconds/90.334 mph. That record could fall Saturday night with comfortable temperatures and with a good build up of rubber on the track. The RMCS has used the same Hoosier Racing Tire since inception which has proven both durable and very repeatable to race on.

Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho comes into RMR on a hot streak winning the first race of the season two weeks ago at Magic Valley Speedway but it is Minegar who is the point leader by virtue of his total point performance at MVS. Hill is second followed by Thane Alderman, Craig Bell, and 2007 champion John Newhouse rounding out the top five.

Steve Jones of Boise, Idaho leads a talented group of A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year competitors after his third place performance in round one. Other rookie competitors include: Dan Koyle, Shane Thompson, Mitch Dickinson, Travis Monett, David Peterson, Dylan Caldwell, Nathan Olsen, and Eric Rhead.

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards for the event including: The ESI Hotshoe Award paying $400 to the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the race (The award is up to $800 this event since it was not paid out at MVS). The CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus paying $5 for every green flag lap led. Sharp Powder Coating pays $100 for fast time. The Thompson Motorsports Halfway
Challenge pays $100 to the driver leading at halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most positions over the previous event.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that
allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of
racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum
opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com

Hill Ascends to Top of Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

April 25th, 2008

Hill, a mainstay and primary supporter of the RMCS since inception called
his victory the best of his career after what he called his best driving
performance of his career. “It was a great night for and this win means a
lot,” Hill said. “We were able to pass guys like Zan Sharp and Craig Bell on
the outside which I don’t think I have ever done. On the final restart I
hoped to get an advantage on Steve (Jones) when he washed up just a bit I
drove underneath. It was a great feeling.”

Hill started the race from the 12th spot after qualifying 7th. The RMCS
generally inverts the top twenty cars for each feature event based on a one
second rule. The inversion for the 75-lap race was set at 19.

Following Hill to the finish was Thane Alderman who scored his best career
finish in second. Alderman lost a motor before the weekend began and
borrowed Wade Frey’s car for the race. Finishing third was A-1
Rookie-of-the-Year competitor Steve Jones followed by Sharp Powder coating
Quick Time Award winner Dave Minegar and his teammate Craig Bell.

Though Hill won the race, Minegar assumes the early season point lead as the
RMCS awards passing points, qualifying points, heat race points and main
event points at each race. Minegar tallied the most at 209. Tom Hill ranks
seconds with 197 followed by Alderman, Bell, and John Newhouse rounding out
the top five in the standings.

Several drivers received special awards for the event. Minegar grabbed his
15th career Sharp Powder Coating Quick Time Award ($100) with a quick lap of
14.299 seconds to lead all 22 qualifiers. Minegar also received the Thompson
Motorsports Performance Improvement Award which pays the driver $200 who
improves the most positions in the race over his finish in the previous
event. Minegar improved 15 spots. Bobby Latham earned the Thompson
Motorsports Halfway Challenge Award ($100 for leading at the half way point
of the race. Steve Jones collected the A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning
Rookie-of-the-race Award ($100). The ESI Hotshoe Award which pays the
drivers who sets quick time and goes one to win the race a $400 bonus will
rollover to the next event and be worth $800 since Minegar was not able to
score the victory. The CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus pays $5 per green flag lap
led and six drivers received the bonus (Dylan Caldwell), (Nick Gibson),
(Steve Jones), (Bobby Latham), (John Newhouse), (Tom Hill).

The next event for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday,
May 3 at Rocky Mountain raceway located outside SLC, Utah. Please log onto
www.rmcsracing.com for all the latest news and information.

Thompson Motorsports Joins RMCS Family of Sponsors

April 17th, 2008

The first award is the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement Award worth $200 to the driver that improves the most positions in the current race over his finish in the previous event. For the first race of the season this Saturday at Magic Valley Speedway, the award will be based on finishing positions in the final 2007 event.

The second award is the Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge awarding $100 to the driver leading at the halfway point of each RMCS race. Over the history of the series, the driver leading at halfway has only won five races.

“We are thrilled to have Thompson Motorsports join our family,” stated Mike Minegar, president of the RMCS. “I have known Rich Thompson for a while and to have his team join the series is a real benefit to all racers. They have a state-of-the-art chassis shop providing first class workmanship supporting all racers in the area.”

Rich Thompson, owner of Rich Thompson Trucking and Thompson Motorsports likes what he sees in the RMCS. “Mike (Minegar) and his team have created a very good series,” Thompson said. “I have seen quite a few races over the years and this series is one of the very best. We felt the need to support a series right in our backyard that offers so much to not only racers but to fans and track operators alike.”

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series will kick off its 5th season of racing action this Saturday night, April 19 at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. Former series champions Zan Sharp (04,05) Dave Minegar (06), and defending series champion John Newhouse will all be on hand to battle for the championship in 2008.

Local hotshoe Bobby Latham III of Twin Falls won three races at MVS last season in RMCS competition and looks to keep a stranglehold on victory lane.

For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain
Challenge Series please log onto www.rmcsracing.com.

Minegar Talks About his Team as the RMCS Season Winds Down

August 26th, 2007

Defending RMCS champion David Minegar of Boise would likely agree as he finds himself in second place in the ESI Rocky Mountain Challenge Series point standings heading into the second to last event of the season after leading the standings most of the year.

Minegar has started every race in RMCS history but knows the next one is
always the toughest. Minegar and the rest of the tour regulars head to Rocky
Mountain Raceways located outside of Salt Lake City, Utah tomorrow night for
the annual running of the NAPA “125″. Minegar has dominated the previous two
races at RMR this season earning quick time and winning both events. Making
it a three-peat may be a tall order, but history has a way of repeating
itself. We sat down with Minegar on the eve of the race and talked about his
season, his team, and his racing goals.

You have dominated RMR this season. What do you attribute your success and
what will it take to three-peat? I think racing always is one of those
sports that you can prepare and prepare and bad luck can just bite you. I
have had winning cars in the past at RMR, but it usually takes a little luck
to win. I have had great luck at RMR this year.

The championship has essentially come down to three and maybe four drivers.
Rate your chances and what it is going take? I feel very confident that we
can repeat as RMCS champions. We have last years experience to lean on, and
we don’t have a lot of pressure on us to win. We are just going to RMR to
win and everything else will fall where it may.

Larry Bowers is a big part of your team. What does Larry bring and how has
he impacted the team? Larry has been a crew chief on late models since he
was a teenager, and I am constantly leaning on his past experience. Larry
and I both learning this new big spring car and it has been a lot if fun.
It has taken him back to the days when he won a Super Stock Championship
with his big spring car.

What is your set up for a 125 lap race versus the distance of the last two
at RMR? We have been working on our shock package, which seems to be
constantly changing. We are doing everything we can to help the tires last
through the long events.

How would you rate the RMCS versus other touring series out there?
Competition, quality of equipment, fun???? My team and I are having a blast
this year. The level of competition is better this year than it ever has
been in the RMCS. I look at the competition I’m battling for a championship
and it just doesn’t get any better. I have no doubt in my mind that the
RMCS puts on some of the best shows for the fans. I encourage anyone that
wants to see great side by side racing, and lots of passing to come watch
the NAPA 125 this weekend at RMR.

How has it been working a two-car effort versus the single car operation the
last three seasons? It has been great having Craig (Bell) drive the 99 this
year. Craig has proven to be one of the best drivers in the RMCS. We try
to give him the equipment to go out and win races. I would look for Craig
to be running up front at RMR where he has won before. I think the second
car has actually helped our program on the 9 car. It is great to have Craig
to talk to about what the cars are doing and what he feels like the track is
doing.

What are your racing goals? This season, next five years? Our team started
off the season saying that our goal was to win races. We won that
championship last year and sometimes found ourselves “points racing”. We
opened the season knowing we would be sorting out a new car and we had no
idea how long it would take to get a handle on this new chassis. I look
ahead with two races to go and the same mentality that we are going to have
to go out a win races to win this championship. My goal has always been to
go as far as I can in racing. I would love the opportunity to race in the
upper echelons of NASCAR, but I am focusing right now enjoying every moment
with my team.

What do you like to do when not racing? I didn’t know there was such a
thing as not racing…HAH HAH..I love to be on the lake. I am an avid
water-skier and wakeboarder. My perfect weekend away from racing would be
in McCall, Idaho enjoying the mountains and the lake.

Mini Cup Drag Racing (Plus Modifeds go 50 ovals one yellow at a time!)

August 3rd, 2007

Both Randy and Kendall have taken many trips down the drag strip in several different vehicles but this is the first time they’ve taken their Mini Cups down the quarter mile. If you do the math, a 20-lap Main Event is 30 quarter mile runs!

Randy and Kendall were told to stay in their own lane and no drafting! “That take’s all the fun out of it!” said Randy while laughing. Everyone was worried they’d have trouble getting off the track since that turn is RIGHT and they are so used to turning LEFT. But, they managed to turn that into their favor with turning left at the end of the track and trailing back up the chase lane. Looks like they got to turn left after all. Because of the clutch set up in these Mini Cups, they sort of had to do a “On your mark, get set, go!” kind of a rolling start.

Randy has found the right mentor to jump from the drag strip to the 11-degree banking of the RMR Super Oval. Kendall has set up 14 of the 16 cars that are currently running in the Mini Cup class and at one time or another, had his hands on the remaining two. The Mini Cup class is the result of a team effort. It could be just as easy to say the Mini Cups tonight were a 14-car team instead of a 14-car field.

Once the pace car shut his lights down, the #10 driven by Joel Eaton started his charge early as he dove down low in Turn 1 to make his first move on the #8 driven by Justin Jensen who had started on the uphill side of Eaton. The pass didn’t stick just yet because when the pair hit the start/finish line to close lap #1, these two cars were side-by-side to the point that only the transponders knew who hit there first.

The #6 driven by Derrick Layton had clutch trouble and rolled into the infield just past Turn 2 unable to power his machine any farther. It was initially thought he broke his chain but when it was found to be in working order, the next culprit could only be the clutch. Either way, repairs would have to wait and Derrick’s finish tonight would be listed as a DQ. Before tonight’s event, Derrick sat just outside the Top 10 in 11th overall. He’s got two more events left in 2007 to land himself a Top 10 season finish.

The #53 driven by Isaiah Lovendahl who had finished sixth in his heat race took a back-end spin into the wall in Turn 2. The abrupt stop just below the Hoosier Tire wall sign caused quite a jolt on Lovendahl’s body and his car’s body. He complained on back pain and as a precautionary measure, the Applied Lending Safety Safari back-boarded him to ensure his physical safety. Lovendahl was awake and conversing with the Applied Lending Safety Safari but only further tests that can’t be completed on the racing surface would ensure this Mini Cup driver would take another green flag.

The track went under red flag conditions and the entire rest of the line up stopped in the infield while their comrade was tended to. Some of the other Mini Cup competitors must’ve wondered how bad Lovendahl had been injured once the ambulance came onto the track. Tow trucks on the track are common place but the ambulance can be a different story. Some of the line up was stopped so they could see what was going on while others were stopped facing away from where the #53 sat on the banking. The #6 joined the #53 on the roll back tow truck and sat out the rest of the Main Event in the infield. We are back under the green flag and a single file line up. The #8 of Justin Jensen lead the restart but was immediately confronted by the #10 car he had dealt with earlier. The #10 made the pass and by the south end of Turn 2, the #8 was looking at the back end of Eaton’s race car.

Two clean laps down and everyone was up to speed . . . that speed being an overall lap average of 68 mph! At this point the #16 of Tyler Sharp was looking for more real estate to advance his position but he couldn’t find it with Jensen’s #8 holding onto that #2 overall spot. By the halfway point in the Main, the #10, #8, #16, and #51 were drafting so close that if they didn’t have different color paint schemes, you wouldn’t know where one car ended and the next one started. While this was going on, the orange #31 driven by Therkelsen was eyeing that Top 4 field looking for a place to make his move.

MIni Cup Rookie Randy Hall and his #88 Wheeler Cat sponsored car has been keeping consistent lap times and keeping patient. Consistent lap times will bring you into passing situations and the #88 found himself in one. His pass on the #99 of Bill Austin started in the high line exit of Turn 4 and continued slowly but consistently all the way around to the start/finish line just over one full lap from where the pass started. The pass was clean and smooth and showed respect for the #99 by never forcing the position advancement by taking over his path of travel.

Maverik Modifieds
Rumor has it this Main earned the moniker of the “Energizer 50″ because it kept going and going and going! There was 1 hour 15 minutes of yellow flags, wall crunches and carnage, and tempers rising (if you know what a chrome horn is . . . they were used a few times in tonight’s Main). The battle for the lead between #10 Jason Aposhian and #84 Mark Ith Jr. was nothing short of textbook racing. While that battle was going on, the #80 of Tod Alonzo was closing in and watching the fight between the #10 and #84. Alonzo was gaining ground on every lap with his late braking in Turn 3. Most of #84′s attempts to get his machine in front of the #10 were on the inside lower-apron line in Turn 3. With all yellow flags waving in Turn 4 and up in the tower, fuel conservation had become an issue and it appeared the #84 had to surrender his fight with the #10 on the white flag lap because of low fuel causing him to finish 11th overall and one lap down. Tonight’s race results show the #84 finishing some 10 cars back from the #10 but that’s not what really happened. It also appeared the #80 of Alonzo fell victim to his own fuel shortage all-the-while he’d been in tow behind the battle waiting his turn to advance his position. Jason Aposhian now stands atop the Main Event wins column for the Maverick Modifieds with three of ‘em to his credit.

Legends
The #48 of Chris Gedicks took the Main Event win with #33 Billy Osoro and #8 Kelly Van Cleave taking #2 and #3 respectively. Some serious fender contact on the lead lap to open the Main Event was brought courtesy of the #41 driven by Joe Blomquist when his Legend climbed up and onto the #39 of Steven Walters. Both cars were unable to finish and recorded zero laps completed.

Pro 4
Just three cars finished on the lead lap in the 15-car field of the Pro 4 Main Event. Tonight is the second visit of the Pro 4 cars for 2007. It was no matter for the #96 of Jeff Keller because he finished #1 overall tonight and #1 overall back on June 2nd. Jeff also qualified #1 with the quickest lap time (16.394 seconds) and fastest speed (82.347 mph). During the Main, he also logged the quickest lap time (16.055 seconds) and fastest speed (84.086 mph). Both visits of the Pro 4 cars to RMR for 2007 might have had the same winner but they’ve also penned the same driver in the #2 spot . . . the #4 of Daniel Madsen.

Super Stocks
If the more things change the more they stay the same then in turn the more things stay the same the more they change. And change came in the form of first-time Main Event winner of the #6 car driven by Eric Rhead. He can carve his name to the short list of Super Stock Main Event winners for 2007. The #6 wasn’t the quickest car or the fastest car but the checkered flag was waved at the pink and black car before anyone else got a look at it. Has the Super Stock domination of the #7 and #86 come to a close? Find out by watching the Super Stocks the next time their class hits the RMR Super Oval on Saturday, August 12th (Monster Trucks).

Minegar Reaps Rewards in RMCS Action

July 18th, 2007

Minegar started the evening out by claiming his 12th career Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 15.215 seconds/ 88.728 mph around the fast 3/8-paved mile oval. Las Vegas, Nevada’s Thane Alderman put up his best qualifying effort of the season with the second best qualifying time. Nick Parker, Bobby Latham III, and Joe Miller rounded out the top five qualifiers. The RMCS inverts the top twenty qualifiers for each race putting the fast guys at the back ensuring they have their work cut out for them and the fans get to see great racing action throughout the race.

After qualifying, Minegar had 1200 reasons to win as the ESI Hotshoe Bonus was up to $1200 for the driver who qualified quick and is able to go on to win the race. While Minegar eyed that prize, there were several drivers determined to spoil his fun.

Quint Whitman of Boise started on the front row alongside CarbonX Rookie competitor Matt Faulkner. Whitman would lead the first three laps before Wade Frey moved to the top spot on lap 4. Frey led through lap 7 before yielding to Craig Bell on lap 8. Bell would dominate the early portion of the race and look to have the field covered with a lead of as much as a straightaway on the field. Bell drives a team car to Minegar Racing in which he has collected three straight top five finishes this season.

Current point leader Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho moved by Frey on lap 22 for the second position with Jim Wulfenstein in tow. Wulfenstein would run in the top ten the entire race in only his second start of the season. Nick Parker and John Newhouse also moved into contention by lap 25 with designs on the top spot. As the race approached the lap 30 mark, Bell continued his stranglehold on the top spot with Hill glued to his bumper. Parker had moved by Wulfenstein for third dropping the former two-time Bullring track champion to fourth. Newhouse rounded out the top five.

Fast qualifier Minegar started to flex his muscle in his Body Building.Com Chevrolet and by lap 33 his moved into the top five. As the field hit lap 38 Minegar moved by both Newhouse and Hill into the third position and started to close the gap on the top two. While Minegar was trying to run down his teammate, two-time RMCS champion Zan Sharp showed championship form having his best race of the season. Sharp moved into sixth place on lap 38 and held steady until lap 59 when he started to make a move into the top five.

As the race reached the 50 lap mark, Bell continued to pace the field with Parker closing. Minegar was maintaining the third spot with Newhouse and Hill rounding out the top five. The second five were lead by Sharp and five-time series winner Bryan Warf, with Thane Alderman, Bobby Latham III, and Jim Wulfenstein rounding out the top ten.

Minegar moved into second place on lap 54 and attempted to run down his teammate. That task became much easier as Bell’s Chevrolet started to develop smoke and ultimately had to pit on lap 60 as his transmission let go. Even though the track oiled up, no caution flag was thrown leaving the race leaders to contend with a slick race track and several lapped cars.

Minegar was now at the point with Parker making a move on the outside. Parker
continued to use the high line to get around Minegar but every attempted was
thwarted as Minegar was able power off the corner slamming the door on Parker.
Parker started to fade on lap 66 and Newhouse drove underneath on lap 67 setting his sights on Minegar.

Newhouse has scored the most points in the last two races that netted him one win and vaulted him back into the top five in the championship standings. Newhouse was determined to spoil Minegar’s chance at the ESI Hotshoe money. ESI contributes $400 per race and if the bonus is not collected it rolls over to the next race. In the event the bonus is not paid out after the third race then the $1200 would be spilt among the drivers earning the first, fifth and eighth most points during that stretch. Newhouse was determined.

Over the closing five laps Newhouse dove low and got alongside Minegar but was not able to take the position. Minegar crossed the start finish line .298 seconds ahead of Newhouse to score his second win of the season. Sharp nipped Parker for third on the last lap with Hill rounding out the top five finishers in round five of the championship series. Alderman finished sixth to record his fourth top ten finish of the season. Warf, Latham, Wulfenstein, and local star Lynn Hardy rounded out the top ten.

The win vaulted Minegar back into the point lead after scoring the maximum points a driver can accumulate during an RMCS event (239). “It was just a great effort by the team,” Minegar said. “With only 75 laps we had to be smart and head to the front right from the start. Normally in a 125 lap race you can let things sort out a bit but we had a lot of motivation to win. We had to race hard every lap and it just worked out. I am glad the race was only 75 laps as John (Newhouse) had a fast racecar and I don’t know if I could have held him off any longer.”

The win also netted Minegar the ESI Hotshoe Bonus of $1200 for winning after setting fast time. “I am thrilled to win the ESI Hotshoe money,” Minegar stated. “We have won the bonus the last two trips here (RMR) and this place is becoming my “home track”. I love racing here. The competition in this series is as good as it has ever been and I know the fans saw a great show tonight.” Minegar took home a paycheck over $2000 for his performance.

Finishing second is not where drivers want to end up but when you can finish second and move closer to the point lead then it may not seem so bad. John Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho was philosophical about his runner up finish. “I really wanted to win but it was not to be,” Newhouse stated. “We had a great car and had I think the fastest car at the end. Dave (Minegar) is a great driver and he gave me room but he was able to get off the corner a bit better then me. We had another good point’s night and we are closer to top spot (61 points back) then we are coming into the race.”

Newhouse’ move to the front was not easy. “I had to race hard every lap and I should have followed Dave when he made his move through lapped traffic,” Newhouse continued. “I think that was the difference in the outcome. I have to give kudos’ to Dave for a great race.”

Finishing third and scoring his best finish of the season was two-time series
champion Zan Sharp of Wellsville, Utah. “We have had a good car at each race but we have been hampered by dumb luck,” Sharp said. “I am happy to finally get the finish this team deserves. The team works hard and this result was important to us.”

With five top five finishes this season, Tom Hill is having his best season in his racing career. Hill dropped out of the point lead despite the strong finish. “We are running up front and finishing in the top five so we have a lot to be proud of,” Hill said. “It is a lot of fun to race up front. We just had some suspension issues in qualifying and it came to light in the heat. The team worked on the car and it was a lot better for the race, but with a poor qualifying effort it was not the best point’s night for us.”

Racing ought to be about having fun and having fun is what Thane Alderman is having racing in the RMCS this season. “This series is a blast to race in,” Alderman said. “When you race you are suppose to pass cars and the RMCS ensures you do that with the 20-car invert. I love it. I finally got the car to work and we qualified second quick meaning that I was in the back. This is what racing ought to be and I am having more fun racing then I have had in many years. The cars in this series are top quality and the other drivers are some of the very best that I have ever raced against. I can’t wait for the next event.”

There were three lead changes among four drivers with Craig Bell leading the most laps (52). Also sharing time at the front were Quint Whitman (3), Wade Frey (4), and David Minegar (16). Each driver that leads a lap will earn an additional ESI Lap Leader Bonus of $5 per green flag lap led. Eighteen of 24 starters were running at the conclusion of the race with twelve cars on the lead lap. Matt Faulkner of Cedar Hills, UT was the top finishing Carbonx Rookie-of-the-Year competitor with a 16th place finish. Faulkner also collected the CarbonX $100 bonus. Matt Faulkner assumed the rookie point lead with Kellen Frey and Brad Ostler battling for second. The race was only slowed three times for caution flags.

David Minegar (907) moved back to the top of the point standings and holds a
46-point advantage over Tom Hill (861). Bobby Latham III and John Newhouse (846) are tied for third with Bryan Warf (835) rounding out the top five in the standings after five races. Chris Ratterree moved up to sixth place with James Eaton, Nick Parker, Thane Alderman, and Zan Sharp all moving up in the standings to round out the top ten.

The next event for the ESI Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday, August 4 at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. The race will be a special 200-lap segment race patterned after the Milk Bowl that is run at Thunder Road in Vermont. The Platt Electric “200″ will be the first 200-lap race in RMCS history. For all the latest news and information regarding the ESI Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log onto www.rmcsracing.com.

Minegar Magnificent at RMR Memorial Event

June 1st, 2007

Minegar claimed his tenth career Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award with a
quick lap of 15.149 seconds around the ultra-fast 3/8-mile paved oval. Parker, two-time series champion Zan Sharp, track record holder Lynn Hardy, and Thane Alderman rounded out the top five qualifiers. The entire 25-car field was separated by one second making it one of the most competitive fields in RMCS history. The RMCS utilizes a twenty car invert in every event to ensure that fans get what they paid for and that is cars passing cars and racing at every turn.

With the invert, Quint Whitman of Boise landed on the pole to start the
100-lap race with Chris Ratterree along side. Whitman led the first seven
circuits before giving way to Jeff Hillock on lap 8. Hillock held the point
for four laps when James Eaton made his way to the front from his 9th starting position.

Eaton was able to put some distance on the field until the first caution flag waved on lap 32 for Rick Webster who spun is Pontiac in turn three. On the restart Eaton maintained his lead on the field but had to contend with Bobby Latham’s Dodge and on lap 36 Latham was able to scoot past Eaton as the duo exited out of turn four.

Latham led twice for a total of twenty five laps while Zan Sharp took his
turn at the front for 19 laps and looked to be running away with the race
when he abruptly moved his NAPA sponsored car to the infield with oil pressure issues. Latham reassumed the lead and built a more than two second lead on Minegar who had moved into the top five by 60 and into second place by lap 72 when the third caution came out for Jeff Hillock who looped his Chevrolet in turn two.

Minegar moved by Latham on lap 74 and kept his stranglehold on the top spot
through two late race restarts and cruised to his third career RMCS victory.
Eaton finished second with Parker, Bell, and Hill rounding out the top five.
Bryan Warf, Nick Gibson, Quint Whitman, Bobby Latham, and Thane Alderman
finished sixth through tenth.

“I am so thrilled to finally win here at RMR,” said Minegar. “My whole team
works so hard to prepare these cars and to have a night like tonight is
something special.”

Finishing second for the second race in a row was James Eaton. “I am happy
to finish second tonight,” said Eaton. “I have been sick all week and and I
was ready for this race to be over at lap 50. The car was pretty good but
David was on it tonight.”

In his first full season of RMCS competition, Nick Parker of Kearns, UT was
happy about his performance. “I like having to race my way to the front,”
Parker said. This series is fun and tonight the racing was fantastic. If we
had a few more laps I think it would have been interesting but Minegar had a
great car so catching him may have been difficult.”

The RMCS pays the purse based on total point accumulation for the night and
with Minegar earning the top points for his fast time, winning his heat
race, and moving up 20 spots in the race he totaled 236 points for the
evening vaulting him into the point lead by 36 markers over Bryan Warf
(385). James Eaton (367) falls to third with Tom Hill (326) moving up to
fourth and Nick Parker (318) rounding out the top five in the point
standings after two events.

Minegar also collected the ESI Hotshoe Bonus of $800 for winning the race after posting the fast time in qualifying. The ESI Hotshoe Bonus pays $400
if the driver who earns fast time in qualifying and goes onto win the race.
Since the bonus was not paid out at the first event the money rolled over.

ESI Lap Leader Incentive pays $5 for every green flag lap during each RMCS
event this season. Lap leaders in the Young Chevrolet “100″ included race
winner Minegar (26), Bobby Latham (25), Zan Sharp (19), James Eaton (18),
Quint Whitman (7), and Jeff Hillock (4).

The CarbonX Rookie-of-the-Race was Kellen Frey of SLC who finished 15th one
lap down. CarbonX pays the top performing rookie of the race $100. This was
Frey’s second consecutive CarbonX rookie award.

18 of the 25 starters were running at the end of the race with 13 cars cars
on the lead lap. There were five caution periods and seven lead changes
between six drivers.

Minegar’s winning racecar is a Port City Anderson Elite Chassis sponsored by
BodyBuilding.Com, EndoRush, BSN, Labrada Nutrition, A-1 Heating and Air
Conditioning, Lennox, Dillon Auto Craft, and Western Speed & Fuel. Larry
Bowers crew chief and Pat Minegar owner.

The next event for the ESI Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday, June
9th at the Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho for the running of the
Pepsi “125″ where Minegar is the track record holder. Bryan Warf and James
Eaton both have two wins at MVS with eight other drivers with one win
apiece. For all the latest news and information about the ESI Rocky Mountain
Challenge Series please log onto www.rmcsracing.com.

Minegar Leads the NAPA RMCS Into RMR for the NAPA 125

August 24th, 2006

Bruce Quale holds down the third spot 325 points behind the leader. He has struggled at the last three events. This has allowed fourth place contender Tom Hill to slowly close the gap. Hill sits only 26 points behind Quale. Fifth place competitor, Chris Ratterree is ready to bounce on both Hill and Quale if there are any mistakes made. He is only 45 points behind Hill and is well within striking distance of third spot. Ratterree has been running up front all season only to be besieged with bad luck.

This event marks the return of several competitors that can, and have, run up front. NAPA RMCS two time champion, Zan Sharp has a weekend off from the Nascar Northwest Tour and is planning his return to RMR. Team mate Jimmy Eaton looks to grab his third win this year at his home track. You could call that dominant. They will have to go through Lynn Hardy if they want a win this weekend. Hardy has proven time and time again that he can be king of RMR.

Last years winner, Rip Michels is heading to RMR with his Stock Building Supply Chevy Monte Carlo. Rip is coming with a lot of confidence as he is the current Nascar Southwest Series point leader. “I love RMR. It fits my driving style and there is lots of room to race.” states Michels. “You guys have developed a great series and these guys are tough to beat.”

Coming off of a great win at Meridian Speedway two weeks ago, 16 year old Tyler Monroe is leading the Walkers Stockcar Service Rookie of the Year. Tyler is the youngest winner in the history of the NAPA RMCS. He showed patience and tenacity on his way to his first late model victory.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2006. RMCS contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Quarter Master, A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning, Port City Racing, Integra Shocks, PPG Paint, Sharp Powder Coating, Walker Stockcar Service, and Frank’s Radio’s.

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to 3/8-mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!”

NAPA was founded in 1928 to meet America’s growing need for a world-class auto parts distribution system. By providing excellent customer service for more than 75 years, NAPA has become the industry leader.

NAPA’s strength is unrivaled, with 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 58 Distribution Centers, over 12,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities; over 300,000 parts and accessories in inventory every day, and more ASE-Certified Parts Professionals than anyone in the industry.

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Top Ten at a Glance:

1st Dave Minegar 1593

2nd John Newhouse 1449

3rd Bruce Quale 1268

4th Tom Hill 1242

5th Chris Ratterree 1197

6th Bryan Warf 1118

7th Chad Cannon 1037

8th Tyler Monroe 910

9th James Eaton 908

10th John Dillon 721

Fast Facts:

What: NAPA 125
Race 10 of 11 for the NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Where: Rocky Mountain Raceways (West Valley City, UT)

When: Qualifying 5 p.m. MST, Racing at 6 pm Saturday August 26.

Track Record: Lynn Hardy 14.944 90.337 mph set 5/29/06

2004 RMR Winners: Eddy McKean, Zan Sharp, Lynn Hardy

2005 RMR Winners: Craig Bell, Jimmy Eaton, Bryan Warf, Rip Michels

2006 RMR Winners: Lynn Hardy, Jimmy Eaton, two wins

Track layout: 3/8-Mile Paved Oval

Race length: 125 laps

Format: Fast 20 qualifiers locked into main event with 4 “last chance” qualifiers from a consolation main event added to the rear of the starting field.

Track contact: (801) 252-9557

Websites: www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com
www.rmrracing.com

Competition is King in the NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

May 26th, 2006

Following Newhouse in the points is his old nemesis from Magic Valley Speedway, Bruce Quale. In Quale’s first full season with the series he is showing why he has won so many championships in the past. “I’m enjoying the racing and going to different tracks” says Quale “and so far our car has been good and consistent.” Quale comes off of a second place finish at Magic Valley Speedway two weeks ago.

The veteran Jim Eaton is sitting in third and is quite content, as he knows it’s early in the season. He sits roughly 70 points back from Newhouse. Consistency will pay off for Eaton. Nobody knows this better than him.

The Young Chevrolet 125 presents the first of four extended races for the series. These longer events always provide a new landscape for the racers. Patience becomes the word of the day.

Also on hand for this event will be some very special names in Northwest racers. 2002 Nascar Southwest Series champ Eddie McKean will enter the race coming off of a second place finish at Shasta Raceway Park two weekends ago.

Brandon Riehl will make the tow from Yakima, WA after the Northwest Tour show on Saturday night. Also making the tow with him will be Tom Sweatman. The “sweathog” made a name for himself in the Winter Heat series on ESPN. Continuing the celebrity list will be 1990 Northwest Tour champion John Dillon. To cap it off we look forward to seeing our Las Vegas contingent of Thane Alderman and Jim Wulfenstien. Both former Las Vegas champions.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2006. RMCS contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Quarter Master, A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning, Port City Racing, Integra Shocks, PPG Paint, Sharp Powdercoating, Walker Stockcar Service, and Frank’s Radio’s.

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to 3/8-mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!”

Race Facts:

What: Race 4 of 11 for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Where: Rocky Mountain Raceway (West Valley, Utah)
When: Qualifying 6 p.m. PST, Racing at 7 pm Monday May 29th, 2006.
Track layout: 3/8 – Mile Banked Paved Oval
Race length: 125 laps
Format: Fastest 20 qualifiers inverted into main event with four (4) drivers transferring from the 20-lap non-qualifiers race.

2005 Race Winners at RMR: Craig Bell, Jim Eaton, Bryan Warf, Rip Michels
2006 Race Winner at RMR: Lynn Hardy

Track record: Nick Parker May 30, 2005 15.322

Track contact: Doug Binstock (801) 252-9557

Websites:
www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com
www.rmrracing.com

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Hits RMR

May 5th, 2006

Sharp who dominated the Series last season on his way to the 2005 championship picked up where he left off by taking the early points lead after a solid run to 4th place in the event won by first time winner Tom Hill. Sharp is competing part time this season as he is a regular on the Nascar Autozone Elite Series Northwest Division. That leaves the door wide open for this years RMCS championship. Take the likes of Jimmy Eaton, teammate to Sharp. He has already experienced sitting atop the big pile as he has won several championships along his impressive and storied career. Dave Minegar, the second generation driver that had a chance last year to knock Sharp off the pedestal. He has experienced a championship at Meridian Speedway back in 1998. Another powerhouse is John Newhouse. A repeat champion through the seasons at Magic Valley Speedway. If you’re looking at past champions you need look no further than Dennis Wurtz II. This driver has amassed 9 championships at Meridian Speedway. But as I stare into that crystal ball we call early season predictions, I cannot discount the number 92 of Bruce Quale. If you were to ask any fan at Magic Valley Speedway, who might have the best odds of upsetting the apple cart, you can count on Bruce’s name to come to the forefront. So as you can see, the valued championship is going to be highly contested in the 11 race schedule.

You can also look at some local drivers to have a say in the 75 lap event this Saturday night. How about Lynn Hardy, Jeff Hillock, and Nick Parker? These three know there way around the fast 3/8th’s oval. There are some championships in these three also.

Sharp is the RMCS track record holder at RMR with a 15.221 second lap set in qualifying two seasons ago. This will be the first of four NAPA RMCS events at the track this season including a 125-lap affair on Memorial Day. The Feature event will have the 24 fastest Late Models with the quick qualifiers starting from the back in the RMCS tradition and should provide passing all over the track as they move their way forward to the front during the 75-lap race.

The series will feature four races at Rocky Mountain Raceways this season, four races at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, three visits to Meridian Speedway in Meridian. Idaho to round out their eleven-race schedule.

·Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2006.
·NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star Racing Bodies, Port City Racing, Integra Shocks, PPG Paint,
·2005 Rookie of the Year Award – Walker Stock Car Service
·Quick Time Nightly Award – Sharp Powder Coating

Fast Facts

What: NAPA Auto Parts / ESI Construction 75
Race 2 of 11 for the NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Where: Rocky Mountain Raceways (West Valley City, UT)

When: Qualifying 5 p.m. MST, Racing at 6 pm Saturday May 6th.

Track Record: Zan Sharp 15.221 88.693 mph set July 17th, 2004.

2004 RMR Winners: Eddy McKean, Zan Sharp, Lynn Hardy

2005 RMR Winners: Craig Bell, Jimmy Eaton, Bryan Warf, Rip Michels

Track layout: 3/8-Mile Paved Oval

Race length: 75 laps

Format: Fast 20 qualifiers locked into main event with 4 “last chance” qualifiers from a consolation main event added to the rear of the starting field.

Posted awards: $6,600

2005 Point Standings: Zan Sharp 187; John Newhouse 181; Tom Hill 168; Jimmy Eaton 167; Bruce Quale 165.

Track contact: (801) 252-9557

Websites: www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com
www.rmrracing.com

Sharp Scores Second NAPA RMCS Title

November 5th, 2005

Sharp claimed the title on the strength of two wins in 13 starts. But that was only part of the story. Sharp completed 1200 of 1200 laps contested this season finishing in the top five eleven times. Sharp also claimed two Sharp Powder Coating fast time awards and started in an average of 18th position for each RMCS event.

Sharp is tied for first on the all-time win list with three victories. He also has eight career fast time awards for first in the record books. He has claimed 18 career top five finishes and is the all-time leading money winner.

“This was a great season for me and the team,” Sharp said. “I really enjoy racing with all the guys the call this series home. We have a lot of fun and the competition is second to none. This championship was hard fought and I congratulate Dave (Minegar) for raising the bar and having a great season.”

Sharp plans to celebrate this championship but knows that the new season is right around the corner. “I am not sure of my plans for next year but racing in this series is a priority.”

Finishing second in the championship was Dave Minegar from Kuna, Idaho. Minegar scored two wins and four fast time awards along with six top five and eleven top ten finishes in 13 starts. “I had a blast this season and my hats off to Zan for winning the championship,” Minegar said. “If you are going to beat Zan you are going to have to be perfect. He is the standard to which we all race. I look forward to next season and giving him another run for the money.”

Bryan Warf, Craig Bell, and James Eaton rounded out the top five finishers in the final point standings. Between then they amassed five wins and 23 top five finishes.

John Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho was honored as the Retro-Design Rookie-of-the-Year and received a $1,200 bonus for claiming the rookie title. “I have had a lot of fun this year,” Newhouse said. “I started a little slow but we learned a lot and had some great finishes by the end of the season. I am looking forward to next season and hopefully making our way to victory lane and contending for the championship.”

Dave Doan of Boise, Idaho was honored as the Sportsman-of-the-Year for his on-track and off-track performance. “I don’t quite know what to say,” Doan said. “I have had more fun this year racing despite the problems with the car. I am really looking to next season; this is such an enjoyable series to run. I have a lot of great guys that support this team and if it weren’t for them we would not have made it out.”

Dennis Wurtz Jr., John Newhouse, Tom Hill, Dave Doan, and Chad Cannon rounded out the top ten finishers in the final point standings and all shared in the season ending point’s fund. Several contingency awards were raffled off to drivers in attendance. The awards included were: A complete Five Star Racing Body (James Eaton), PPG paint (Zan Sharp), Integra Shock package (John Newhouse), Frank’s Radio Package (Zan Sharp), Power Train clutch (Craig Bell).

NAPA Auto Parts and ESI Construction were honored for their significant contributions and sponsorship of the series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2005. RMCS contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, Mirage Trailers, Energy Release, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star Racecar Bodies, PowerTrain Technology, Port City Racing, Integra Springs, Sharp Powder Coating, Nesmith Racing Engines, Retro-Design, Frank’s Radio’s.

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to 3/8-mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!”

NAPA was founded in 1928 to meet America’s growing need for a world-class auto parts distribution system. By providing excellent customer service for more than 75 years, NAPA has become the industry leader.

NAPA’s strength is unrivaled, with 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 58 Distribution Centers, over 12,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities; over 300,000 parts and accessories in inventory every day, and more ASE-Certified Parts Professionals than anyone in the industry.

In addition to being America’s first choice for automotive parts and accessories, NAPA is also a leading supplier of specialty parts and equipment for the collision repair, heavy-duty truck, and industrial markets. And NAPA tools and equipment set the industry standard for quality and value. NAPA serves automotive consumers through the UAP division in Canada, Auto Todo in Mexico and with other locations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

The 2006 NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series will resume its schedule in May of 2006. Please log onto www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com for all the latest news and information.

Michels Stocks Portfolio With RMCS Victory

August 31st, 2005

The NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series inverts the top twenty cars after qualifying putting the fast cars in the rear to start the main event. Michels took advantage of this procedure and when he had a poor qualifying lap clocking in 15th fast. Michels would start the race from the inside third row. Fast qualifier and current point’s leader Zan Sharp from Wellsville, Utah toured the 3/8-mile paved oval in 15.545 seocnds/86.845 mph. Local hotshoe Nick Parker was second fast with David Minegar, James Eaton, and Retro-Design Rookie leader John Newhouse rounding out the top five qualifiers.

David Doan started the 125-lap event new comer Richard Bridges alongside. Bridges grabbed the early lead but Michels moved his Stock Building Supply Chevrolet to the front like he was shot out of a cannon. Michels grabbed the lead on lap five and never looked back.

The real racing action took place behind the leader as fast qualifier Sharp, Parker, and Minegar started their determined charge to the front slowly picking off positions one by one. Sharp rode most of the race back in the 15th positions until he put his NAPA Chevrolet in high gear and moved into the top five by lap 80.

Meanwhile, Minegar had perhaps the drive of the night coming from the rear of the 23-car field on three occasions to make his way into the top five each time. He started 18th and moved into the top five by lap 50, and then he had contact with Bryan Warf who spun his car down pit exit ending his night. RMCS rules specify that if you are involved in an incident that brings out a caution flag, then you go to the rear of the field. Minegar was dealt another blow after making his way back to the front when his hood started to come apart.

Minegar was sent to the pits with hood damage and relegated to the back one more time. He worked his way back up to 4th when he made a move under Newhouse and contact ensued with Minegar spinning and going to the back again. With the race winding down, Minegar managed to get back to as high as fifth where he finished.

While Minegar wore out his tires passing the field, Sharp took the slow and steady approach and moved into second place and dogged Michels over the final 25-laps. Sharp was unable to make up the distance and finished second just .840 seconds behind Michels. Retro-Design Rookie leader John Newhouse finished third, with Craig Bell and David Minegar rounding out the top five.

“I had to win this race for Stock,” Michels said. “I really struggled with these tires in practice and the team did a great job figuring out the setup so we could race. This is a fun series with a lot of great guys. I look forward to racing more with these guys next year.”

Sharp scored his ninth top five finish of the season with his second place performance at RMR. “This series rewards performance and passing,” Sharp said. “Rip may have won the race, but that was about it.”

Leading rookie John Newhouse finished third to record his fifth top five finish of the season. “I could not be happier,” Newhouse said. “I am having a blast racing this season and this series forces you to be on your game every night. We started slow but we are really figuring out our car. I can’t wait for the next race this coming weekend.”

Finishing fifth after the drive of the night was second place in the point standings, David Minegar. “I glad we were able to get back to fifth but felt we had the best car tonight,” Minegar said. “I learned a few things and I am ready for the next one.”

With his second place finish, Sharp extends his point lead over Minegar to 86-points with just two races left on the 2005 schedule. The RMCS awards 3-points for position to reward passing performance, so catching sharp may be a difficult task with only two races remaining. Bryan Warf, Craig Bell, and Dennis Wurtz Jr. round out the top five in the standings.

The next event for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is this weekend at the high-banked 3/8-mile paved oval of Idaho Motor Speedway (formerly Chaparral Speedway). Log onto www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com for all the latest news and information.

Sharp is in Shape for Title Run

August 25th, 2005

Zan Sharp form Logan, Utah holds a 52-point advantage over second generation driver David Minegar of Kuna, Idaho after ten events on 13-race 2005 schedule. Sharp has his eyes squarely focused on a second championship and continues to challenge for the top spot at every event. He has scored eight top five finishes in ten races this season including two wins. He has also completed all 850 laps run this season. His consistency and ability to qualify well has positioned the ten year racing veteran to claim that second title.

“This has been a tough year,” Sharp said. “We have struggled a bit qualifying but we have been consistent. Winning two weeks ago at Meridian was a big boost to the team.”

While sharp leads the standings, David Minegar is looking to back up his two victories this season and close the gap on point leader Sharp with a return trip to the winner’s circle this weekend. “Racing at RMR involves a lot of luck, Minegar said. “We have had good runs there in the past, but we will have to be there at the end. We have a great car and team and if the cards fall our way we will be in contention at the end of the event.”

Warf, Craig Bell, and Dennis Wurtz round out the top ten in the standings and will need a lot of luck in order to make a run at the title. The RMCS inverts the top twenty cars after qualifying to start the event and then awards passing points for each positioned gained in the race. Qualifying is one key to success in the second year series.

Drivers outside the top five in points hoping to make a statement at RMR this weekend include James Eaton, a multi-time winner at RMR, Retro-Design Rookie-of-the-Year leader John Newhouse, Tom Hill, fellow rookie David Doan and John Dillon. Only Dillon and Eaton out of the second five has visited victory lane this season.

More than 30 drivers from across the Intermountain West representing four states are expected at this event to battle for one of 24 starting positions in the feature event. Qualifying will be at premium at RMR as the RMCS uses a format not found in other touring series. The fastest twenty qualifiers are locked into the main event but will be inverted, putting the twentieth fast qualifier on the pole. This format produces side-by-side racing action that fans and promoter’s desire. The four drivers that transfer from the non-qualifiers race will line up at the rear of the field for the 125-lap main event.

Rocky Mountain Raceway was constructed in 1998 and has turned into the regions marquee facility hosting a wide range of Motorsports events over the past seven years. Events ranging from Drag Racing to Rock Crawls are on tap at the SLC facility. The 3/8-mile paved oval has hosted the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series eight times since 2004.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2005. RMCS contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, Mirage Trailers, Energy Release, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star Racecar Bodies, PowerTrain Technology, Port City Racing, Integra Springs, Sharp Powder Coating, Nesmith Racing Engines, Retro-Design, Frank’s Radio’s.

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to 3/8-mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” The race at RMR this weekend is the second of a special three race extra distance event sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. The season finale September 17 at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho will feature a 150-lap contest.

NAPA was founded in 1928 to meet America’s growing need for a world-class auto parts distribution system. By providing excellent customer service for more than 75 years, NAPA has become the industry leader.

NAPA’s strength is unrivaled, with 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 58 Distribution Centers, over 12,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities; over 300,000 parts and accessories in inventory every day, and more ASE-Certified Parts Professionals than anyone in the industry.

In addition to being America’s first choice for automotive parts and accessories, NAPA is also a leading supplier of specialty parts and equipment for the collision repair, heavy-duty truck, and industrial markets. And NAPA tools and equipment set the industry standard for quality and value. NAPA serves automotive consumers through the UAP division in Canada, Auto Todo in Mexico and with other locations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Race Facts

What: Race 11 of 13 for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Where: Rocky Mountain Raceway (West Valley, Utah)

When: Qualifying 6 p.m. PST, Racing at 7 pm Saturday, August 27.

Track layout: 3/8-Mile Banked Paved Oval

Race length: 125 laps

Format: Fastest 20 qualifiers inverted into main event with four (4) drivers transferring from the 25-lap non-qualifiers race.

2005 Race Winners at RMR: Craig Bell, James Eaton, Bryan Warf

2004 Track record: Zan Sharp, 15.221 seconds

Track contact: Doug Binstock, 801-252-9557

Websites:

www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com
www.rmrracing.com

NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Standings as of August 13, 2005

Following Race 10 at Meridian Speedway, Meridian, ID

Pos Car Driver Hometown Points $Won Starts/Wins/T5/T10/Laps

1 84 Zan Sharp Wellsville, UT 1,626 $ 5,163 10 2 8 8 850
2 9 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 1,574 $ 5,000 10 2 4 8 821
3 32 Bryan Warf Meridian, ID 1,539 $ 4,138 10 1 7 10 850
4 27 Craig Bell Kuna, ID 1,449 $ 3,988 10 2 7 8 775
5 01 Dennis Wurtz Kuna, ID 1,380 $ 3,600 10 0 2 8 696
6 85 James Eaton West Jordan, UT 1,312 $ 3,388 10 1 2 6 805
7 26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID 1,198 $ 2,938 10 0 4 7 728
8 12 Tom Hill Eagle, ID 1,169 $ 2,825 10 0 4 6 724
9 77 David Doan Kuna, ID 817 $ 1,950 9 0 0 3 528
10 25 John Dillon Eagle, ID 747 $ 2,175 6 1 1 3 444

2005 Race Winners

Driver Car# Laps Track

1 Mike Murgoitio Meridian, ID 17 75 Magic Valley Speedway
2 Craig Bell Kuna, ID 27 75 Rocky Mountain Raceways
3 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 75 Meridian Speedway
4 Zan Sharp Wellsville, UT 84 75 Magic Valley Speedway
5 James Eaton West Jordan, UT 85 125 Rocky Mountain Raceways
6 Craig Bell Kuna, ID 27 75 Idaho Motor Speedway MX
7 Bryan Warf Meridian, ID 32 75 Rocky Mountain Raceways
8 John Dillon Eagle, ID 25 125 Idaho Motor Speedway MX
9 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 75 Magic Valley Speedway
10 Zan Sharp Wellsville, UT 84 75 Meridian Speedway

Sharp Powder Coating Pole Winners

Driver Car# Time MPH Track

1 Dennis Wurtz Jr. Kuna, ID 01 14.505 82.647 Magic Valley Speedway
2 John Dillon Eagle, ID 25 15.414 87.583 Rocky Mountain Raceways
3 John Dillon Eagle, ID 25 13.651 65.929 Meridian Speedway
4 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 14.359 83.488 Magic Valley Speedway
5 Nick Parker Kearns, UT 30 15.322 88.109 Rocky Mountain Raceways
6 James Eaton West Jordan, UT85 15.563 86.744 Idaho Motor Speedway MX
7 Nick Parker Kearns, UT 30 15.510 87.041 Rocky Mountain Raceways
8 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 15.749 85.720 Idaho Motor Speedway MX
9 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 14.316 83.738 Magic Valley Speedway
10 James Eaton West Jordan, UT85 13.677 65.804 Meridian Speedway

Retro Design Rookie of the Year Standings

Driver Car # Points

1 John Newhouse 26 97
2 David Doan 77 75
3 Nick Gibson 31 33
4 Bruce Quale 92 19
5 Dalton Zehr 51 10
6 Bruce Rennemann7 2 8
7 Jody South 107 8 8
8 Kelly Bettridge 48 7

Series Lap Leaders

Driver Car # Laps Led

1 Bryan Warf Meridian, ID 32 129
2 Craig Bell Kuna, ID 27 119
3 Mike Murgoitio Meridian, ID 17 108
4 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID 26 81
5 James Eaton West Jordan, UT 85 67
6 Dave Doan Kuna, ID 77 48
7 Dave Minegar Boise, ID 9 46
8 Tom Hill Eagle, ID 12 45
9 John Wong Parma, ID 3 43
10 Zan Sharp Wellsville, UT 84 42
11 Joe Miller Tooele, UT 73 19
12 Wade Frey Bountiful, UT 8 18
13 Jeff Hillock Spanish Fork, UT 36 18
14 Chad Cannon Nampa, ID 20 17
15 Lee Hackney Boise, ID 91 17
16 Phil Dugan Nampa, ID 88 16
17 Craig Doehling Boise, ID 41 9
18 John Dillon Eagle, ID 25 7
19 Rus Ward Meridian, ID 55 1

RMCS at Warf Speed at RMR

July 12th, 2005

Local hotshoe Nick Parker won the Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 15.510 seconds/87.041 mph around the 3/8-mile paved oval to best twenty-three drivers. Minegar, Hardy, Sharp, and first-time competitor Thane Alderman from Las Vegas, NV rounded out the top five after qualifying was completed. Before the feature would grid, Chad Cannon, Scott Uddy, and Rick Webster retired form the event with motor problems.

Joe Miller grabbed the early lead from his outside front row starting position and would lead the first six circuits. The fist of four cautions came out on lap five when John Wood, James Eaton, Lynn Hardy, and Craig Bell tangled at the front of the field. Bell ended his night on the hook while the others where able to continue.

Jeff Hillock took the lead on lap seven and would hold on through lap 24 wagging a spirited battle with John Newhouse then Warf for the lead. Warf drove underneath Hillock as the pair exited turn four and would never look back. Hillock would run with the leaders but eventually lost two laps and finished tenth.

With Warf pacing the field, quick qualifier Nick Parker made his way to the front from his 16th starting position and was dogging Warf by lap 26. Parker hounded Warf for the next 18 laps but started to fade by lap 45. Minegar followed Parker up through the field and took advantage of Parker’s misfortune and moved into the third spot on lap 46. Newhouse continued to run in the second position followed by Minegar, with Parker, Hardy, Wade Frey, Sharp, Hillock, Tom Hill, Dennis Wurtz, and Eaton rounding out the top ten in the running order at lap 50.

Hardy moved by Parker on lap 51 with Sharp in tow two laps later. Warf continued to dictate the pace and lead the field holding off continual challenges from Newhouse. Meanwhile, Minegar waited for an opportunity to take advantage of any miscues the pair might make.

Minegar dove past Newhouse on lap 73 and glued his Body Building.Com Chevrolet to the bumper of Warf but was not able to make the pass before the 75-lap distance was complete. Warf claimed his first victory of the season by .132 seconds over Minegar who recorded his third top five of the season. Newhouse held on for third, with Sharp and Hardy rounding out the top five finishers.

Warf was thrilled to be in victory lane and score his third career win. “I am happy this race was only 75 laps,” Warf said. “To win at RMR is pretty neat. I just took it easy and tried not to make any mistakes. This is a big win for us.”

Finishing second and moving up two spots in the standings was David Minegar. “Bryan (Warf) was good tonight,” Minegar said. “I don’t know if I could have gotten around him but I wish I had a few more laps to try. My team continues to prepare a great car and I am happy to finish second. We did not put new tires on tonight, but it did not hurt us at all.”

Adding to his Retro-Design Rookie lead was John Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho. “We ran real well and I thought we had a shot for a while,” Newhouse said. “This is a very competitive series and I am very happy that we can run up front. It is on to Chaparral and we’ll see what we can do there.”

Parker collected the $100 sharp Powder Coating bonus for setting quick time while Newhouse earned the $100 Retro-Design Rookie-of-the-Race Award. By virtue of his fourth place finish, Sharp takes over the point lead after seven races with Warf moving into second just 23-points behind. Minegar moved up to third with Craig Bell falling out of the point lead to fourth after his first career DNF. James Eaton rounds out the top five in the standings heading into the race this Saturday at Idaho Motor Speedway (formerly known as Chaparral) located outside Eagle, Idaho.

For all the latest news and information regarding the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log onto www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com.

NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

NAPA “75”
Rocky Mountain Raceway, SLC, Utah
July 9, 2005

Finish/start/driver/laps/status

1. (9) Bryan Warf, 75, Running
2. (15) David Minegar, 75, Running
3. (8) John Newhouse, 75, Running
4. (13) Zan Sharp, 75, Running
5. (12) Lynn Hardy, 75, Running
6. (16) Nick Parker, 75, Running
7. (4) Tom Hill, 75, Running
8. (10) Dennis Wurtz, 75, Running
9. (1) John Wood, 74, Running
10. (3) Jeff Hillock, 73, Running
11. (5) Jim Cooksey, 72, Running
12. (7) James Eaton, 72, Running
13. (11) Wade Frey, 58, Mechanical
14. (18) Dave Doan, 30, Mechanical
15. (19) Bruce Rennemann, 23, Mechanical
16. (20) John Wong, 20, Mechanical
17. (2) Joe Miller, 16, Mechanical
18. (17) Kelly Bettridge, 12, Mechanical
19. (6) Craig Bell, 4, Mechanical
20. (12) Thane Alderman, DNS

NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Top-10 Point Standings as of July 10, 2005

1. Zan Sharp 1,108
2. Bryan Warf 1,085
3. David Minegar 1,083
4. Craig Bell 1,059
5. James Eaton 991
6. Dennis Wurtz 987
7. John Newhouse 804
8. Tom Hill 753
9. Craig Doehling 622
10. Wade Frey 619

No Beatin’ Eaton at RMR

June 6th, 2005

Local hotshoe Nick Parker of Kearns, Utah topped the speed charts after qualifying with a quick lap of 15.322 seconds/88.109 mph around the 3/8-mile paved oval. Young Gun David Minegar was second quick followed by Zan Sharp, Dennis Wurtz Jr., and Tom Hill.

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain challenge Series utilizes a twenty-car invert at all series races which then put Joe Miller on the front row to start the 125-lap event. With the fast cars in the back the fans will always see passing and great side-by-side action.

Miller had two chances at starting the field after the first attempt was foiled when Rick Webster looped his Chevrolet in turn four. The field lined up for a complete restart and Miller led the first six laps as the rest of the pack sorted itself out.

Miller’s time at the front was short lived when Craig Doehling took the lead on lap seven and set a torrid pace distancing himself from the rest of the field over the next eight laps.

By the lap 15 mark, Doehling led John Wong, Wade Frey, Craig Bell, and Eddy McKean. Jim Cooksey, Warf, Jim Wulfenstein, Eaton, and moving up from the rear into tenth was Nick Parker.

The second caution came out on lap twenty when John Dillon spun in turn two. Dillon stayed on the lead lap. Over the next twelve laps two more cautions flew for incidents involving Tom Hill and Cooksey. Hill pitted with mechanical woes under the hood and ended his night while Cooksey fell to the rear after the spin.

John Wong took over the lead on lap 16 and looked to have the set up to stay up front as he led 40 laps before Eaton took the top spot on lap 58. Wong fell to second with Bell riding in third and fat timer Parker up to fourth. Doehling maintained the fifth spot.

Eaton maintained his control of the top spot working lapped traffic at lap 80. Wong held onto second searching for his first top five finish of the season. McKean moved up to third with Bell resting in fourth and Sharp moving into the top five. Parker dropped to sixth after his car started to push with Warf, Wulfenstein, Minegar, Dillon, and Russell Butler rounding out the top ten in the running order.

Local hero Lynn Hardy brought out the fifth caution after debris from his mount littered turn three. Hardy was able to continue, though would never be a factor over the final laps.

Eaton paced the field on the lap 93 restart. Bell worked his way around McKean for third on lap 95 with Sharp dropping McKean to fifth on lap 98.

The final caution came on lap 101 when Wong and Minegar got together on the back straightaway. The contact ended Minegar’s night on the hook dropping the second generation driver in the point standing’s in the process.

Bell got by Eaton on the lap 110 restart but Eaton regained the point as the duo exited turn four on lap 111. Sharp maintained third with McKean and Warf rounding out the top five as the race entered the final ten laps.

Eaton would not be denied in his quest and claimed a .850 second victory over teammate Sharp who edged Bell for second on the final lap. Bell crossed the line in third with McKean and Warf rounding out the top five finishers.

“I love the race and this track,” Eaton said. “I am having a lot of fun racing the RMCS and this race has always been an important one for the team. I am also thrilled to have Zan finish second tonight. The win certainly helps in the points.”

“We made up some ground on Craig (Bell),” Sharp said. “Jim (Eaton) ran a great race and I am thrilled to finish second. We can put cars in the hauler without a mark and go onto to Chaparral.”

Collecting his series leading 14th top five finish was Kuna, Idaho’s Craig Bell. “We don’t have a good qualifying package and that is something we are working on,” Bell said. “We always race well and I am happy to finish in the top five here at RMR.”

Making a rare RMCS start was Southwest Series regular Eddy McKean. “I had to work hard to get this finish,” McKean said. “These guys are a bunch of good racers and the invert makes you have to race for a good finish.”

Bell maintains the top spot in the standings but his margin is only three points after Sharp’s second place finish. Warf moved up to third, with Minegar dropping to fourth after his night ended early. Eaton moved up to fifth place after the victory. Wurtz, Retro-Design Rookie John Newhouse, Doehling, Hill, and Wade Frey round out the top ten in the standings after five races of the 13-race schedule.

The next event for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday, June 18 at Idaho Motor Speedway (Chaparral). For all the latest news and information regarding the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log onto www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com.

Snap-On Tools “125” Race Results
Rocky Mountain Raceway
May 30, 2005

1. James Eaton, 125
2. Zan Sharp, 125
3. Craig Bell, 125
4. Eddy McKean, 125
5. Bryan Warf, 125
6. Dennis Wurtz Jr., 125
7. Russell Butler, 125
8. Nick Parker, 125
9. James Wulfenstein, 125
10. John Wong, 125
11. Wade Frey, 123
12. Lynn Hardy, 122
13. Joe Miller, 121
14. John Dillon, 112
15. David Minegar, 101
16. Trevor Boys, 84
17. Craig Doehling, 80
18. Rick Webster, 75
19. Jim Cooksey, 71
20. Rus Ward, 56
21. John Newhouse, 46
22. Tom Hill, 29
23. Jeff Hillock, 4
24. Chad Cannon, DNS

Thompson Wins Modified Main, Schultz Wins Legends

June 5th, 2005

Super Mini Cups

# 29 Kendall Therkelsen had a great race tonight. Pulling away slowly from everyone in the field, Therkelsen dominated the main event the entire race.

Super Stocks

# 31 Dana Combs had some trouble as she came around turn 3 tonight in the 10th lap. As Combs was about to get lapped, her car suddenly dumped oil on the track. Lead car # 22 Steve Almond and # 24 Troy Smith spun out in her oil with only a rise in blood pressure to speak of. Almond and Smith were able to continue after the cars were lined back up and it was Almond, Smith and # 69 Mike Wade for the win.

Mr. Gas Pro Truck Series

Compared to the other main events tonight, the trucks ran a pretty clean race for their main event. 13 Trucks made it out for their second appearance at Rocky Mountain Raceways for the season.

Snap On Modifieds

Rocky Mountain Raceways featured main event this evening was the Snap On Modifieds. Due to the high car count of 29 cars, the 9 slowest qualifiers competed in their own event called the B main to earn one of the 6 spots for the A main. This gives 26 cars in the field that RMR allows to run during a race.

# 84 Mark Jr. and # 30 Nick Parker got together in the beginning of the race and both were trailered for the night. # 71 Brett Thompson, # 11 Gary Madsen, # 4 Lynn Hardy made the A main a four car race beginning in the 17th lap. Never finding an opportunity to make a pass, the 40 lap race finished with Thompson, Madsen and Hardy for the win.

Budweiser Clydesdales are Coming to Rocky Mountain Raceways for their ‘Here’s To The Heroes Tour 2005’

June 1st, 2005

Rocky Mountain Raceways will display the Clydesdales in a location where everyone can have their pictures taken for this once in a life time opportunity. They will also be included in our opening ceremonies where they will be led on the track with our rescue team for the National Anthem. In addition, RMR is supporting this effort by making a 2 for 1 discount for anyone who has a military ID.

Also, Whittier Elementary has completed their reading program and 165 students will be honored during intermission. Each month since January, Rocky Mountain Raceways has been sponsoring a “Lunch with a Racer” where race car drivers met with the students who reached their reading goal for the month. For those who met their goals ¾ months, Rocky Mountain Raceways has invited them to an event where they will be honored on the track during intermission. Every student’s name will be read off and given a medallion in recognition for their accomplishment.

Last but not least, United Rockcrawling and Off Road Challenge will be back for the second time this season. Top drivers and their spotters will prove their skills by maneuvering their rigs through eight courses on the world’s first man made terrain.

Who:

Budweiser Clydesdales
165 Whittier Elementary Students
UROC Rock Crawling Challenge

When:

Saturday, June 4th for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Oval Event
Gates open at 4 and racing starts at 6
• Snap On Modifieds
• Super Stocks
• Super Mini Cups
• AIS Legends
• Mr. Gas Pro Truck Series

UROC- June 3rd and 4th

Where:

6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, UT 84128
www.rmrracing.com
(801) 252.9557

Memorial Day Line Up is a Crowd Pleaser

May 26th, 2005

Who:

Late Models- # 27 Craig Bell/ 2004 Champ
Sprint Cars- # 24 Jimmy Waters/ ’00,’02,’03 and 2004 Champ
Super Mini Cups- # 60 Ron Binstock/ 2004 Champ
Figure 8’s- # 70 Tracy Eaton
Trains- All of them are fun to watch

When:

Monday, May 30th at 6 p.m.

Where:

Rocky Mountain Raceways
6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, UT 84128

299 MPH Barrier Will Fall this Saturday

May 25th, 2005

Who:

Nationally known drivers like Richard Smith, Bill Hosford, Brad Janishewski, Steve Cooke and Joe Brown.

When:

Saturday, May 28 at 6 and 9 p.m.

Where:

Rocky Mountain Raceways
6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, UT 84128

Contact Claire for more information so that you can experience jet cars up close and personal.

Competition is King in Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

May 25th, 2005

During the last NAPA Auto Parts RMCS event at MVS last weekend, Bell scored another top five finish to stay atop the point standings, but David Minegar also of Kuna, Idaho cut into Bell’s advantage by scoring the most points en route to a fourth place finish. The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series inverts the top twenty cars from qualifying and then awards passing points for each position.

Defending NAPA Auto Parts RMCS champion Zan Sharp of Wellsville, Utah likes his chances as he returns to his home track, the site of his first career RMCS victory. “This series is so competitive I really don’t think there is a home track advantage,” Sharp said. “This race has always been a great event for the competitors and I really think that I have a great chance to repeat, but there are a couple of other guys that are thinking the same thing.”

More than 24 drivers from around the Intermountain West will be on hand for round five of the 13-race series. Bell holds a slim 28-point advantage over Minegar after four top five performances so far this season. Sharp has vaulted into third place in the standings after his win last Saturday night, with Bryan Warf and Dennis Wurtz Jr. rounding out the top five positions in the standings.

The event at Rocky Mountain Raceway will be the sixth event staged on 3/8-mile paved oval for the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. In the five previous races there has been five different winner’s highlighting the competitive racing format the series utilizes. Sharp is the track record holder with a quick lap of 15.221 seconds/88.693 mph.

For Dennis Wurtz Jr. of Kuna, Idaho the race at RMR is a pivotal event for the second generation driver. Wurtz currently sits fifth in the standings after four events. “This series is really tough and forces you to qualify well,” Wurtz said. “I like running at RMR and I think the longer distance favors us as our car gets better the longer the race is.”

Chad Cannon of Nampa, Idaho is quietly having his best season in Late Model competition after scoring two top ten finishes this season. “We have been qualifying decent but we have raced real well,” Cannon said. “This new car has made a big difference.” Cannon holds down the ninth spot in the standings.

Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho rounds out the top ten in the point standings after a tenth place effort at Magic Valley Speedway last weekend. Hill is clearly focused on moving up in the standings and putting his hat into the championship dance. First he must conquer RMR, a track that has not been kind to the Idaho businessman. Hill’s best finish at RMR is an 11th place earlier this season. “It’s a great facility and an awesome track with plenty of room to race,” Hill said. “Having 125 laps in exciting because the track and cars can change a lot over that distance and will make for great racing that really shows what the RMCS has to offer.”

First year series regular Wade Frey of Bountiful, Utah is having fun racing in the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series and is looking forward to racing in front of his local fans and family. “This series treats you like family, and I feel part of the family each time we race,” Frey said. “Racing at RMR on Memorial Day is a big event and a race I feel that I can run up front with Zan (Sharp) and David (Minegar). I feel my experience at RMR is really going to benefit me this time around.”

Rocky Mountain Raceway was constructed in 1998 and has turned into the regions marquee facility hosting a wide range of Motorsports events over the past seven years. Events ranging from Drag Racing to Rock Crawls are on tap at the SLC facility. The 3/8-mile paved oval will host the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series on four occasions in 2005. The next two trips are scheduled for July 9 and August 27.

About the NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to 3/8-mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the Intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!”

The NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series contingency sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, ESI, Maverik, Hoosier Tire, Mirage Trailers, Bri-Co of Idaho, Sharp Powder Coating, Port City Racing, Integra Springs, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, PowerTrain Technology, Nesmith Racing Engines, Retro-Design, Mike Minegar’s Auto Body, and Dillon Racing Products.

About NAPA Auto Parts

NAPA was founded in 1928 to meet America’s growing need for a world-class auto parts distribution system. By providing excellent customer service for more than 75 years, NAPA has become the industry leader.

NAPA’s strength is unrivaled, with 6,000 NAPA AUTO PARTS stores, 58 Distribution Centers, over 12,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities; over 300,000 parts and accessories in inventory every day, and more ASE-Certified Parts Professionals than anyone in the industry.

In addition to being America’s first choice for automotive parts and accessories, NAPA is also a leading supplier of specialty parts and equipment for the collision repair, heavy-duty truck, and industrial markets. And NAPA tools and equipment set the industry standard for quality and value. NAPA serves automotive consumers through the UAP division in Canada, Auto Todo in Mexico and with other locations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

About Snap-on Tools

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand tools, power tools, automotive diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, automotive diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchise dealer van, company direct sales and distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.4 billion; S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

Snap-on’s mission is to delight our customers – professional tool and equipment users worldwide – by creating innovative, productivity-enhancing products, services and solutions.

To check out the schedule and all the racing results plus an amazing photo gallery, go to www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com.

Fast Facts

What: Snap-on Tools “125” Race five of 13 for the NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Where: Rocky Mountain Raceway, SLC, Utah
When: Monday, May 30 Racing at 7:00 pm
Track Record: Zan Sharp 15.221 seconds/ 88.693 mph set July 17, 2004
Previous RMR Winners: Eddy McKean, Zan Sharp, Lynn Hardy, Craig Bell
Track layout: 3/8-Mile Paved Oval
Race length: 125 laps
Format: Fast 20 qualifiers inverted and locked into main event with 4 “last chance” qualifiers from a consolation main event added to the rear of the starting field.

2005 Point Standings:

1. Craig Bell 668
2. David Minegar 640
3. Zan Sharp 613
4. Bryan Warf 612
5. Dennis Wurtz Jr. 557
6. James Eaton 557
7. John Newhouse 494
8. Craig Doehling 458
9. Chad Cannon 435
10. Tom Hill 404

Tickets for the Snap-on Tools “125” at Rocky Mountain Raceway can be purchased by the following:

AT THE GATE
Cash, Check, all major credit cards accepted.
Group vouchers are to be redeemed at the gate only.

OVER THE PHONE
@ RMR 801-252-9557 major credit cards accepted.
@ DataTix 800-888-TIXX (7 days in advance)

IN PERSON
RMR Front Office (Mon – Fri • 9:00am-5:00pm)
At any Smith Tix Location

ONLINE @ www.SMITHSTIX.com

For additional information please contact:
Mike Minegar, NAPA Auto Parts Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
208/375-6328 or mikeminegar@cableone.net

Saturday Heats Up at Rocky Mountain Raceways

May 19th, 2005

Who To Watch:

Super Stocks

# 0 John Knudsen from SLC
# 69 Mike Wade from SLC- 2004 Champ
# 99 Jim Burdett from SLC- 2001 Rookie of the Year

Super Mini Cups

# 60 Ron Binstock from SLC- 2004 Champ
# 09 Cheyenne Torgerson from SLC

Snap On Modifieds

# 11 Gary Madsen from SLC- 2003 and 2004 Champ
#24 Jimmy Waters from SLC
# 30 Nick Parker from Kearns

AIS Legends

# 37 Robert Goodwin from SLC- 2001 Champ
# 6 Michael Holder from West Jordan
# John Schwinn from Ogden

When: Saturday, May 21st
Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.

We’ll See You at the Races!

Rocky Mountain Raceways Assists Legislature in Cracking Down on Illegal Street Racing

May 19th, 2005

What:

The Big O Tires Midnight Drags at Rocky Mountain Raceways has been proven to help law officials crack down on street racing in Utah for the past 3 years.

10 Midnight Drags have been scheduled through the season at RMR, where street racers drag race on a controlled, safe, ¼ mile drag strip. You’ve heard the stories… now come out this Friday and see for yourself just how big this program really is.

Who:

* Parents comfortable knowing where their children are on a Friday night
* Street racers off the streets of Utah
* Rocky Mountain Raceways providing a safe environment for teenagers to hang

When: 11 P.M.- 2 A.M.

Friday, May 20th
June 10, 24
July 8, 22
August 12, 26
September 9, 23

Where:

Rocky Mountain Raceways
6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, UT 84128
(801) 252-9557

Figure 8 Trains Return to Rocky Mountain Raceways

May 11th, 2005

While never disappointing, the Big Gear League Figure 8 Trains will crash into each other just for shear entertainment to make you laugh, shake your head and hide your face. Wrapping up the show on Saturday for obvious reasons, these drivers and breakmen show no fear as they fish-tail around the course, smashing anything that gets in its way.

Two weeks ago, the Trains amused the crowd at Rocky Mountain Raceways. As soon as the announcer introduced them the spectators roared with excitement. Good-Old-Boys were probably the most fun to watch because their middle car somehow flipped upside down. Sparks flew as they made their way around the track, running figure 8’s in the Oval. The 10 lap race came to an end with USA in first place, followed by All Japanese Auto Wrecking in second.

Catch the Trains this weekend on Saturday if you feel like laughing and having a good time. Rocky Mountain Raceways guarantees that you’ll come back every time the Trains run and they will become your favorite event to watch.

For more information, please contact Claire Isaaz or visit our website at www.rmrracing.com

A Little Rain Doesn’t Stop Families From Watching The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Rocky Mountain Raceways

May 10th, 2005

Young Automotive Group USAC/SLVRA Sprints, Snap On Modifieds, Super Stocks and AIS Legends ran according to schedule after Rocky Mountain Raceways dried off the track with the jet dryer.

With rainbows in the sky and all heat races canceled, Super Stocks laid down the rubber as they fought for the number 1 spot for the night. # 56 Richard Clegg had a better night than last week as he placed first, followed by # 79 Jeffery Webster and # 16 Bob Bezzant who had the lead, but lost it in the back straight away in the 5th lap. Rocky Mountain Raceways’ 2004 Champ # 69 Mike Wade, spun out in turn 1 only allowing him to beat # 86 Mitchell Dickinson and # 22 Steve Almond placing him in 9th.

As fans returned to their seats with coffee and hot chocolate, 24 AIS Legends put their experience to work as they aggressively found the right time to pass the car in front of them. # 12 Billy Cox found the right time as he inched his way to the lead, passing car after car until the checkered flag was waved and victory was claimed. Slipping into second place was # 33 Billy Osoro, who was carefully watching # 88 Ryan Bird until Bird fell back in the 23rd lap and Cox was in sight.

Under the bright lights that lit up The Rock in West Valley City, the Snap On Modifieds gave spectators quite a show. In the 2nd lap, 6 cars got too “cozy” with each other in turn 3, which caused a leak on the track and pushed reigning champ # 11 Gary Madsen into the wall. Unfortunately, Madsen was trailored for the night while the race continued. Friends and family rooted # 45 Shawn Price on as he duked it out with # 50 Roger Wilson for 21 laps of the 40 laps scheduled. Spectators at that point didn’t notice the chilly air and put down their drinks when Wilson forced himself into Price’s rear view mirror in the 19th lap. While never letting up, Wilson placed 2nd with # 20 Dan McCoy in 3rd, who set the fastest speed for the night at 85.459 MPH.

Excitement was in the air, and was only going to get thicker as the YAG USAC/SLVRA Sprint cars made it out on the track for the last show of the night. With the sweet smell of burning alcohol, all 17 cars were pushed out onto the track until they were perfectly lined up according to their points. As soon as the race began, # 24 Jim Waters maintained control of the race from the 5th lap on without question as to who the real champ is. Giving everything he had was # 29 Jim Wysong, but in the 39th lap he crashed, nose first into the wall in turn 4, thus finishing the race under yellow checkered with Waters, Ellison and Maddox taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

For more information on events and purchasing tickets, visit our website at www.rmrracing.com

New Diesel Class Debuts at RMR

April 27th, 2005

The class will begin on May 6, 05 and runs thru Sept. 23, 05 to crown a champion. The class champion will be invited to participate in the DHRA World Finals. All vehicles must meet RMR, NHRA & DHRA rules to compete. Participants must register for the class and can do so at RMR, Monday thru Friday 9 to 5.

Snap-On Tools will provide a toolbox for the champion and Wide Open Performance and RMR will provide a champion jacket.

Wide Open Performance owners Zane and Sig Koch say they are very excited and thrilled to be part of the new class and has great expectations and are looking to be a part of this for the long haul. Eric McBride CEO of DHRA (Diesel Hot Rod Association) is thrilled to see the class and the interest in the western part of the country.

For more information contact:

Ron Craft – Drag Strip Mgr.
Rocky Mountain Raceways
6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84128
Phone: 801-252-9557 X106
Fax: 801-252-9547
Web: www.rmrracing.com
DRAGMGRRMR@aol.com

Sharp Still on a Tear Going into Rocky Mountain Raceway

April 27th, 2005

Sharp who dominated the Series last season enroute to the 2004 championship picked up where he left off by taking the early points lead after a solid run to 4th place in the event won by Mike Murgoitio. At this point last year after one race he found himself in 6th place in season points so he served notice that he again will be the man to beat in the 2005 racing campaign and garnered the top position after just the first race.

It was May 7th of 2004 the last time that Sharp has not led the NAPA RMCS in the season point standings. Dennis Wurtz Jr. also had a great run in Twin Falls, Idaho and only trails Sharp by 3 points after he finished in fifth place and set fast time. The top 5 are all close in the standings with Craig Bell of Kuna, Idaho; Murgoitio and John Nesmith, both out of Meridian, Idaho are in stalking distance of the lead and all are within 23 points of Sharp.

Sharp is the RMCS track record holder at RMR with a 15.221 second lap set in qualifying last season and looks to continue his success on his home track as he won one of the three events contested last year. Eddy McKean and RMR Modified veteran Lynn Hardy were the other two victors last season on the 3/8 mile banked oval.

This will be the first of four NAPA RMCS events at the track this season including a 125-lap affair on Memorial Day. The Feature event will have the 24 fastest Late Models with the quick qualifiers starting from the back in the RMCS tradition and should provide passing all over the track as they move their way forward to the front during the 75-lap race.

The series will feature four races at Rocky Mountain Raceways this season, four races at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho, three visits to Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho and two visits to Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho to round out their thirteen-race schedule.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2005.

NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series contingency sponsors include:

NAPA Auto Parts, ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, Powertrain Technology, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star Racing Bodies, Pro Shock, Simpson Race Products, Brico of Idaho, Port City Racing, Integra Springs.

2005 Rookie of the Year Award – Retro Design

Quick Time Nightly Award – Sharp Powder Coating

Fast Facts

What: Maverik “75” Race 2 of 13 for the NAPA Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Where: Rocky Mountain Raceways (West Valley City, UT)
When: Qualifying 5 p.m. MST, Racing at 6 pm Monday, April 30th.
Track Record: Zan Sharp 15.221 88.693 mph set July 17th, 2004.
2004 RMR Winners: Eddy McKean, Zan Sharp, Lynn Hardy
Track layout: 3/8-Mile Paved Oval
Race length: 75 laps
Format: Fast 20 qualifiers locked into main event with 4 “last chance” qualifiers from a consolation main event added to the rear of the starting field.
Posted awards: $6,600
2005 Point Standings: Zan Sharp 184; Dennis Wurtz II 181; Craig Bell 172; Mike Murgoitio 162; John Nesmith 161
Track contact: (801) 252-9557
Websites: www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com, www.rmrracing.com

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Schedules 13 Races for 2005

January 13th, 2005

The series will open their season on Saturday, April 9 at Magic Valley (Idaho) Speedway, with additional trips to the fast one-third mile paved oval slated for Saturday, May 14, Saturday, August 6, and the series finale NAPA “150” on Saturday, September 17.

The RMCS will make the first of two appearances in 2005 to the famed quarter-mile paved oval of Meridian (Idaho) Speedway on Saturday, April 23. Meridian Speedway has been continuously operated since the 1950’s and launched the careers of 1990 Northwest Series champion John Dillon, former open wheel and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Randy Tolsma, and former IRL standout Davey Hamilton.

Meridian Speedway will host their second RMCS event on Saturday, August 13. The addition of Meridian Speedway to the series schedule was well received by series regulars. “Most of us started our racing careers at Meridian,” stated second generation driver David Minegar. “It’s a tough track to pass on, so you can count on a very exciting show.”

The marquee facility in the region, Rocky Mountain Raceway’s in West Valley, Utah will host four series events in 2005 beginning on Saturday, April 30. The series will return to the 3/8-mile banked oval on Monday, May 30 for the Snap-On Tools “125”, with additional races on Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, August 27.

Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho will host three races in 2005 on the ultra-fast high-banked 3/8-mile paved oval. The first stop is Saturday, June 18 followed by a mid-summer shootout on Saturday, July 16. The RMCS will make it’s last stop of the season at Chaparral Speedway on Saturday, September 3.

Throughout the season Mike Minegar, President of the RMCS, and track operators have put together several special events that will highlight the 13-race schedule. “It has been a long process to put together the schedule,” said Minegar. “I know our fans and competitors are going to enjoy what they see. There truly will be something for everybody this season!”

The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series features a full twenty-car invert for the feature with four transfers filling the rear of the field from the non-qualifiers race. The series also awards passing points so starting on the pole is not always the best advantage. In fact, no driver won a series race from the front row in 2004. The average starting position for all winner’s in 2004 was 15th.

Zan Sharp of Logan, Utah is set to defend his 2004 series crown after spend this past winter building a brand new car. Series standouts Craig Bell of Kuna, Idaho and John Nesmith of Meridian, Idaho are also ready to contend for the series championship in 2005.

The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series features purposely built Late Model race cars and serves as a stepping stone from the area weekly race tracks to other regional touring series. The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows competitors to gain experience on different types of asphalt oval tracks up to one-half mile in length. It is a high-quality, professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!”

One of the best parts about the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is the proven concept of ‘passing is racing’ and letting driving talent determine who wins, instead of who has the fattest wallet. The rules are based on a ‘stock car’ series model that allows the widest range of “Late Model” type stock cars to compete under a uniform set of rules. Driver skill, and the ability to set up your racecar for each track and every race, is the key factor to success. Plus, The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is ideal for local and regional sponsor participation. The series can be utilized by sponsors for retail promotions, advertising, employee functions, and more.

For all the latest news and information about the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, log on to www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com.

Rocky Mountain Announces Street Legal Series Results

September 11th, 2004

The top-five Street Legal Series Drivers of 2004 are:

Heavy Class:
1. Bart Williamson
2. Thor Modtland
3. Chris Weiss
4. Laurie Weiss
5. Mike Cantonwine

Truck Class:
1. Dan Pratt
2. Cody Hirsch
3. Tory Laws
4. Erik Ruekert
5. David Park

High School Class:
1. Peyton Hall
2. Kyle Hansen
3. Justin Tremelling
4. Shanze Panunzio
5. Matt Lindsey

Fast Compact Class:
1. Mark Bremer
2. Ricky Umpleby
3. John Adamson
4. Brent Savage
5. Justin Porterfield

Motorcycle/Snowmobile Class:
1. Dusty Beckstrom
2. Mike Cragun
3. Kirk Walton
4. Roger Sebastian
5. Ron Glenhill

Sport Compact Class:
1. Karl Martin
2. Wesley Morgan
3. Rob Hauck
4. Sterling McGuire
5. Bryan Thompson

Junior Dragsters
Major Class:
1. Jaycee Petry
2. TJ Smith
3. Cody Sanders
4. Christy Schumer
5. Casey Ostler

Minor Class:
1. Jake Chatwin
2. Aspen Hall
3. Malisa Mackay
4. Downett Mcinelly
5. Brandon Smith

Rookie Class:
1. Brittani Bachmann
2. Paige Lundeen
3. Austin Ostler
4. Scott Randolph
5. Josh Jones

Hardy Comes From the Back for 1st RMCS Win

August 24th, 2004

After starting 19th in the full inverted field after qualifying second in time trials, Hardy had moved into the top 10 by lap 6 after making quick work of the back half of the grid in the 26 car starting field but then had to drop back to 18th place after being involved in a spin on lap 16. He then stormed back through the field moving into the top five on lap 34 in his march to the front. Hardy stalked Mike Marston of Boise, Idaho for five laps after taking over second on lap 41 before moving past and securing his first victory of the season. This marks the seventh different winner in seven races this season in the ultra competitive Series. It was the first laps that Hardy had led the entire season and he made the most of his opportunity as he also padded his rookie points chase lead. Marston crossed the line in second place followed by another rookie, Nick Parker of Kearns, Utah. Fourth went to Dave Minegar of Boise, Idaho with Keith Spangler of Granada Hills, California finishing in the fifth position in his Series debut. Craig Bell, Bryan Warf, James Eaton, Quint Whitman, and Dennis Thomas rounded out the top ten positions. The only major incident to occur in the feature was the accident on lap 24 involving Joe Hood and James Wulfenstein in turn one. Hood spun and then was hit by Wulfenstein and a large fire briefly flared up under the hood of the # 40 car. Both drivers escaped without injuries but had severely damaged racercars to haul back to their home state of Nevada.

Points leader Zan Sharp saw his huge points lead slip a little as he suffered engine failure on the 47th lap of the race, the first time this season that he didn’t complete the scheduled distance in a feature. Bell came home in sixth place to close the point gap slightly but Sharp remains the overwhelming favorite to clinch the championship before season end. Minegar is now tied with John Nesmith of Meridian, Idaho for third place in points in a tight season point battle between the pair. Bell takes over the Ironman role of the series as he has completed all but seven laps of the seven-race schedule run so far.

Sharp won his fourth pole in a row and counts up five total Hobbytown USA poles in the 2004 season after turning a 15.364 second, 87.868 mph average lap around the 3/8 asphalt mile. Hardy was second quick, followed by Bell and surprise rookie Nick Downing in fourth as he turned in his best qualifying effort of the season. Hardy extended his A-1 Air Conditioning rookie point lead over Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho to 128 points with two races left on the schedule.

Heat races were run for the Series for just the second time this season as Eaton, Parker, and Clint Eames of Hailey, Idaho were the victors in each 10 lap event. Hardy collected hard charger of the event after moving up 18 positions in the final race standings.

The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series will resume next on Saturday, September 4th at Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho as John Nesmith returns to the scene of his lone victory of the season.. See www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com for further information.

Series Sponsors include: ESI-Engineered Structures Inc., Maverik Country Stores, NAPA Auto Parts, Energy Release, Dillon Racing Products, Powertrain Technology, Hoosier Racing Tires, Nesmith Racing Engines, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Hobbytown USA, Fivestar Stock Car Bodies, Pro Shocks, Simpson Race Products, PPG Automotive Paint, Mr Lucky’s Lounge and Port City Racing.

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Makes Last 2004 Visit

August 19th, 2004

The RMCS so far this season has had 6 different winners visit Victory Circle in six races thus showing the balance and depth of the Late Model fields that have attempted to compete. Zan Sharp of Logan, Utah has a chance to clinch the season point race with another strong showing this weekend. Sharp leads his closest challenger Craig Bell of Kuna, Idaho by a whopping 243 points with just three races left on the schedule. If Sharp leaves the RMR race leading by 238 points then he will wrap up the 2004 season championship and celebrate at his home track. Sharp will also try to keep his streak of finishing every lap run thus far this season on Saturday.

Bell has his own battle brewing with John Nesmith of Meridian, Idaho, and Dennis Wurtz Jr, also of Kuna as the second through fourth place racers have all switched positions over the last two races. Only 46 points separate second through fifth place David Minegar as the foursome try to sort out the close race by having a good run in Utah. Rookie of the Year points leader Lynn Hardy of Salt Lake City, Utah is looking to capture his third pole position after surrendering the last one to Sharp who had an electrifying 15.221 qualifying run at the rained out show in July.

A non-qualifiers race for all cars outside the top 20 in qualifying will be held before the feature with the top six moving into the 50-lap Feature Main Event. This is the RMCS last race of four at Rocky Mountain Raceways this season, along with one more race at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho and one more visit to Chaparral Speedway in Eagle, Idaho to round out their ten-race season schedule.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series in 2004.

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series contingency sponsors include: ESI Construction, Maverik Country Stores, NAPA Auto Parts, Energy Release, Powertrain Technology, Dillon Racing Products, Five Star Racing Bodies, Pro Shock, Simpson Race Products, Nesmith Racing Engines, PPG Automotive Paint, and Port City Racing.

2004 Rookie of the Year Award – A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning

Quick Time Nightly Award – Hobbytown U.S.A.

Fast Facts
What: Maverik “50″
Where: Rocky Mountain Raceways (West Valley City, UT)
When: Qualifying 5 p.m. MST, Racing at 6 pm Saturday, August 21st.

Track Record: Zan Sharp 15.221 88.693 mph July 17, 2004

2004 RMR prior Winners: Eddy McKean May 1, 2004; Zan Sharp May 31, 2004; Rained Out July 17, 2004

Track layout: 3/8-Mile Paved Oval

Race length: 50 laps

Format: Fast 20 qualifiers locked into main event with 6 “last chance” qualifiers from a consolation main event added to the rear of the starting field.

Posted awards: $7,000

2004 Point Standings: Zan Sharp 590; Craig Bell 343; John Nesmith 338; Dennis Wurtz II 309; Dave Minegar 297

Track contact: (801) 252-9557
Websites: www.rockymountainchallengeseries.com, www.rmrracing.com

Packed House Enjoys Exciting Night of Racing

August 1st, 2004

Sprints:
Jim Waters claimed the #1 spot once again in the point standings, as
Mike Baisch dropped down to the second spot. The gap between the two is
only 4 points; the Sprints continue to be closer than ever for the
race to the title. In the 16th lap of the 40 lap race, Waters took the
lead and maintained it until the end. A best of 14.131 of the night
earned Waters the checkered flag.

Sprints top-five:
1. Jim Water
2. Brian Evans
3. Mel Andrus
4. Mike Baisch
5. Jim Wysong

Modifieds:
Finishing in first and third in a double main event, Gary Madsen spread
the gap further than ever in the point standings as he continues to hold
on to the number one spot. Rookie, Nick Parker, finished second in the
second main, but did not finish on the first main. Parker continues to
keep the second spot overall.

Modifieds top-five (main A):
1. Michael Hale
2. Mark Ith Jr.
3. Gary Madsen
4. Rick Ellison
5. Johnny Luttmer

Modifieds top-five (main B):
1. Gary Madsen
2. Nick Parker (R)
3. Steve Weger
4. Dan McCoy
5. Kurt Linderman

Super Stocks:
In a double main event, Mike Wade and Kevin Cocola both finished in the
top five. In the second double main event, Anthony Perdue left off what
he did on July 17th by taking the checkered flag. Mike Wade holds the
number one spot in the points standings with a 51 point lead; rookie,
Tanner Frey, stays in the second spot.

Super Stocks top-five (main A):
1. Kevin Cocola
2. Mike Wade
3. Bob Bezzant
4. Tanner Frey
5. Michael James Celia

Super Stocks top-five (main B):
1. Anthony Perdue
2. Mike Wade
3. Kevin Cocola
4. Richard Clegg
5. Mike Sargent (R)

Pro Trucks:
Lonnie Jesser came out with the big win as he lead all but 3 laps of the
29 lap race. Jason Newhouse’s finish in the second spot widens the gap
between himself and Dan Pehrson. John Newhouse finished 7th, which drops
him down to the second place spot in the point standings.

Pro Trucks top-five:
1. Lonnie Jesser
2. Jason Newhouse
3. Ken Vanderham
4. Alan Larson
5. Randy Maas

Figure 8s:
Tracy Eaton again showed the crowd why he is in the overall number one
spot as he hit the finish line first. With this impressive win, Eaton has
widened the gap in the point standings to 63 points ahead of the second
place holder, Thayne Smith. A few weeks ago, Adam Larsen finished in
fourth place, the week after finished in third, and this past week he
finished in second. This winning trend just might put Larsen in the
winner’s circle for the night.

Figure 8s top-five:
1. Tracy Eaton
2. Adam Larsen
3. Dave Fleishman
4. Jeffrey Webster (R)
5. Matthew Webster (R)

Trains:
This weekend, the crowd witnessed one of the greatest train races ever at
Rocky Mountain Raceways. Bud-Weis-Er finished with a big win, moving him
up to the second spot overall. There is only a difference of 4 points
between Bud-Weis-Er and the overall point standings winner, currently
Innovative Car Audio. Unfortunately, Innovative Car Audio did not finish
the race along with seven other trains because of some serious crashing
action in the intersection.

Trains top-five:
1. Bud-Weis-Er
2. All Japanese Auto Wrecking
3. Shake Rattle Roll
4. Knuckle Head Express
5. Huff N Puff

Biasch Tops USAC Sprint Main

July 26th, 2004

USAC Sprints:
The main event of the night was the USAC Sprint cars. This 40 lap race
started with 22 Sprint cars, and the speed and intensity of these cars was
incredible. The race was full of surprises around every turn and in the
end, the top three finishers were local drivers. The majority of the
racers came from other states, but Utah’s drivers showed once again that
we have the top drivers around.

USAC Sprints top-five:
1. Mike Biasch
2. Jimmy Waters
3. Bryan Evans
4. Shauna Hogg
5. Greg Anderson

Snap-On Modifieds:
In lap 3, Roger Wilson (#50) took an early lead. Wilson demanded the lead
through lap 33 and it looked as if no one could pass him in this 40 lap
race. However, with some contact with Nick Parker (#30), Wilson was
bumped from first position and Parker ended up with the checkered flag.
Early in the race, several top contenders, including Jimmy Waters and Gary
Madsen, wrecked and were knocked out of the competition.

Snap-On Modifieds top-five:
1. Nick Parker
2. Michael Hale
3. Bryan Womble
4. Todd Alonzo
5. Dan McCoy

H & E Equipment Figure 8s:
The crowd jumped to their feet in the first lap on turn three as “Crazy”
Dave Fleishman (#11), flipped his car and rolled. The race was filled
with a lot of exciting intersection action and some serious wall-banging
that kept the crowd on their feet throughout the 20-lap race. Once again,
Tracy Eaton (#70) showed us just why he is number one in the point
standings; after an incredible demonstration of ability and bravery, Eaton
took the checkered flag after twenty laps.

H & E Equipment Figure 8s top-five:
1. Tracy Eaton
2. Kenny Fortner
3. Adam Larsen
4. Matthew Webster
5. Dave Strickler

Big League Gear Trains:
Chuga-chuga choo-choo! An impressive win on Saturday put Bud-Weis-Er only
14 points behind the #1 spot that is currently held by Innovative Car
Audio. Plum Crazy brought the fans to the edge of their seats when he
went the wrong way twice on the track. Shake-Rattle-Rol sent the crowd
cheering when the back car flip and rolled as the train crossed the
intersection; amazingly, it did not skip a beat and kept on racing! The
entire race was filled with hits, bumps and a lot of near-misses. It
finally ended when the popular Bud-Weis-Er (who started the night off with
a display of showering firewooks from the hood of the front car) took the
finish line first.

Big League Gear Trains top-five:
1. Bud-Weis-Er
2. Plum Crazy
3. Innovative Car Audio
4. Japanese Auto Wrecking
5. Plum Nuts

After an exciting and certainly unforgettable night of racing, the track
and the stands darkened as a spectacular display of fireworks lit the
night sky. Set to music, this awesome show of light and sound seemed to
bring this incredible night of racing to a appropriate close.

Drag Strip Rocks the Rockies

July 11th, 2004

The crowd where on thier feet when a car
hit the sand trap at the end of the strip, and cheered when another car
managed to finish under 8 seconds with its parachute opened at the
starting line. Several races during the night finished within a hundreth
of a second of each other, making the night unforgettable.

“Funny Car Fever” at RMR brought out four 7.50 CIFCA cars and six of the
new 6.80 class, which wowed the crowd over and over again throughout the
night. These Funny Cars gave an amazing show, racing by the stands at
speeds of over 200 mph. The Boise resident, Wolly Bully, in his ’57
Chev took the win for the Nostalgia Funny Car class on his second pass
of the night. However, without our local, Robert Schwab, in his Fuel
Funny Car, it would not have been considered a great night. Once again,
Schwab gave the crowd a spectacle of speed, shaking the stands as he
raced to the finish line in a little over five seconds. On his second
pass of the night, Schwab took the finish line over Keith Jackson.

Along with the Funny Cars, RMR hosted the Summit ET series #10. The
results for the winners in each class are as follows:

Sportsman – Chris Carlson over Shanze Panunzio

Pro – Art Phillips winning over Grantsville’s Clint Severe

Super Pro – Brandon Lundeen beating Bill Matern’s ’68 Camaro

Super Door – Out of state Ken Ratzloff taking out local Ed Oplin

Super Quick – Byran Holt took the line before Brandon Lundeen

Motorcycle/Snowmobile – Mike Butterfield’s ’96 Ultra took out Justin
Vincent