BOISE, ID (May 5, 2012)- The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series returns this weekend to Rocky Mountain Raceways located West of Salt Lake City, UT for the first of four series visits this season. 2011 series champion Zan Sharp of Wellsville, UT will make his first start of the season after deciding to run only a partial schedule in 2012 in order to spend more time with his family.
Sharp is a three-time RMCS champion and has also posted three wins at the ultra-fast 3/8-mile banked
|Three-time RMCS Champion Zan Sharp|
oval since 2004 but his last win at RMR came back in 2009. Since then he has posted three runner-up finishes. Sharp plans to compete in all four series races at RMR this season.
The driver with the hot hand at RMR has been Steve Jones from Meridian, ID. Jones has scored four victories and seven top four performances in the last eight series races. Jones is the defending race winner of this event last year and in the last four series races at RMR he has finished no worse than third.
Jones is the 2010 series champion and is looking to add his name to the record books in 2012 as one of only three champions with multiple crowns. Jones is coming off a runner up performance in the first race of the year two weeks ago at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, ID.
|Four-time RMCS Winner Steve Jones|
In 27 previous series races staged at RMR, Steve Jones and James Eaton share four wins apiece while Zan Sharp has three victories. Five drivers have two wins each (Jeff Hillock, Eric Rhead, John Dillon, Lynn Hardy, and Dave Minegar) while six different drivers have one victory to their credit.
15-year old Jeremy Doss from Upper Lake, CA claimed the victory in round one at MVS two weeks ago but will not contend for the championship. Two fellow competitors from California intend on challenging for the series crown. Both Steven Gannon and David Braund from the Red Bluff area will make the tow to each series race in 2012. Gannon finished fifth in round one while Braund finished tenth in his first series race.
With a strong finish on Saturday, Jones will likely take over the point standings in his quest for a second title. John Nesmith currently sits third in the standings with Bruce Quale and Gannon rounding out the top five.
CarbonX, the world leader in fire protective clothing, returns for the fifth season as title sponsor of the RMCS which will stage 11-races this season at three distinctive tracks within the region. Century Boatland based in Twin Falls is also back with the series for the third year providing significant event and series support all season long. Since 1985, Century Boatland has been the Magic Valley headquarters for new and used recreational, pleasure, and fishing boats.
Some of the new faces joining the series this season include Steven Gannon and David Braund who will make the tow from the Redding, California area and Morgan Rasmussen from Twin Falls. Familiar faces Travis Monett (Utah), Rick Fowble (Twin Falls), and Thane Alderman from Las Vegas are back for a full campaign along with fan favorites Sharp, Lynn Hardy, Jeff Hillock, Dave Minegar, and John Dillon hitting select races throughout the season.
The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The RMCS inverts up to the top 20 from qualifying putting the fast qualifiers at the back to start each race. 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 at each race.
The series is supported by a great family of sponsors including: CarbonX, Century Boatland, Project Filter, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Hoosier Racing Tires, Frank’s Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd’s Performance and Dyno, Joes Racing Products, PPG Paint, Circle Racing Wheels, and Mike Minegar’s Auto Body.
Spectator gates open at 4pm with a full compliment of racing action on tap starting at around 6pm.
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.
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