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From the Corner Office

2012-rmr-logo_300Mash on the gas and/or a twist of the wrist! 

Dear RMR racing fan,

A busy couple of weeks here at Rocky Mountain Raceways including what can only be called the hardest we have ever seen it rain here at our facility on the Saturday night of Funny Car Fever.   We all now know what “pink” on the radar means.  It means duck and run.

We start by congratulating current NHRA Heritage Series Funny Car points leader Steven Densham in setting a new track record on June 5th.  His Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car covered 1,320 feet in just 5.843 seconds, besting the old mark held by Dan Horan.  That is getting after it in a hurry.

Dan McCoy followed up his Maverik Modified 100 lap main event win on May 30th with another checker flag run last Saturday.  The Modifieds put on a fantastic show, with just two cautions and 50 laps filled with wheel-to-wheel racing.

Curt Stewart’s Motocross track had more than 300 riders last Friday night with a great crowd to watch!  They have another race coming up Friday night.

This weekend brings one of our favorite events on the season as Horsepower Heaven comes to town!  Both the America First Credit Union and the Young Kia Drag Strip will be in action!  We will have Jets, NITRO, and we close the show with American Daredevil “Mr. Dizzy” performing the always entertaining School Bus Jump!  A full schedule can be found on the front page of the RMR website, rmrracing.com!

I always welcome questions and comments.  My e-mail is: meames@rmrracing.com.

Go fast and be safe,

 

Mike Eames

General Manager

Price is Right in Maverik Modified on Horsepower Heaven

WEST VALLEY CITY – Shawn Price edged 2015 points leader Mark Ith Jr. to take the checkered flag Saturday night in the Maverik Modifieds feature race at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Price’s victory in the 50-lap race highlighted Horsepower Heaven, an exciting event in which RMR’s racing fans were treated to action on two of its racing venues.

On the America First Credit Union Super Oval, races were contested in the Ford Focus Midget, Hornet and Maverik Modified classes. On the Young Kia Drag Strip, the competition was lively among the Performance Place Top Dragster and Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman classes.

In addition, fans were treated to an exhibition from Jet Cars and nitro burning Funny Cars and daredevil Mr. Dizzy closed the show with his famous school bus jump.

On the oval, Price edged Ith Jr. by .215 of a second in a race that saw a number of cautions and stoppages. Price, who started sixth among 17 starters, took the lead on lap No. 33 and never relinquished it. Ith Jr., meanwhile, recorded the race’s top speed, hitting 84.7 miles per hour and a top lap time of 15.925 seconds.

Lynn Hardy took third place and Tyler Whetstone finished fourth.

Michael Daniels won the 20-lap Midget race, besting Chuck Groat by .274 seconds. Jimmy Waters took third.

Daniels started in fourth position and moved his way out in front by the fourth lap.

In the Hornet race, Matt Johnson blew away the field, winning by more than 30 ahead of Mike Bevan and Guy Urry.

Among the drag racers, the Olpin family from Pleasant Grove stole the show.

Ed Olpin Sr. won the Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman in his 1968 Camaro. And in the Performance Place Top Dragster competition, Ed Olpin Jr. won in his rear engine dragster.

Jeff Bird, from Lehi, won the overall bracket in 2004 S&W rear engine dragster.

Attached photos courtesy of Jesse Fleming: 1. Michael Daniels driving in Saturday’s Ford Focus Midget race; 2. Shaw Price celebrates his Maverik Modified win; 3. A Jet Car exhibition prepares to fire off the starting line Saturday night; 4. Stuntman Mr. Dizzy executes his school bus jump Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

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