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Like Tom Hanks, RMR will make … FIRE!

img_2184WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ In the movie “Castaway” famed actor Tom Hanks plays a guy named Chuck who survives a plane crash and ends up by himself on a deserted island.  At one point Chuck is determined to start a fire with a couple of sticks, and after a few failed attempts he successfully turns a spark into a fire.  In fact, in one of the key moments in the film he excitedly dances around like a madman, proudly yelling, “Fire! I have made FIRE!”

So what does Tom Hanks and the movie “Castaway” possibly have to do with Rocky Mountain Raceways?  Easy. He is so pleased with making fire, he practically freaks out.  And, well, the folks at RMR completely understand where he’s coming from.

We love fire, as in Night of Fire.img_2148

Saturday night on the Young Kia Drag Strip, we’ll prove our love with the annual event known as “Night of Fire.”  In addition to hosting the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 doubleheader – an event that will see 400 or more race cars from all over the West and parts of Canada – RMR will have Jet Cars on the track at 6:30 and 9 p.m.  In addition, two of the Jet Cars will make an exhibition pass at 9 p.m. on Friday

Saturday’s festivities will highlight what figures to be an exciting, ground-pounding weekend of racing.

The Lucas Oil Divisional even is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Competitors began showing up to the RMR facility as early as Monday and have continued to set up in the 1280 The Zone pit area as well as on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

The Lucas Oil racing will fire up Thursday morning and will continue through Sunday.

Waters and his lucky charm take two checkered flags on AFCU Super Oval

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Jimmy Waters’ No. 24 Late Model is taking the checkered flag.

WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ On a night when he hosted a young boy who is battling a rare genetic disorder, veteran racecar driver Jimmy Waters came away with two victories Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

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Travis Carpenter waves the checkered flag during Saturday’s RMR Oval Racing Series event.

Waters asked 9-year-old Travis Carpenter, who suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, or simply NF1, to be his honorary crew chief for Saturday’s race.  Travis, a huge racing fan whose dream is to be a NASCAR crew chief, was only too happy to help Water’s team; and he must’ve been a good luck charm because Waters took the checkered flag in the Shoqwave Late Models competition as well as in the Maverik Modifieds race.

Waters went wire to wire in the 40-lap Modified race that proved to be one of the cleanest races this season.  There were no wrecks or slow downs of any kind, which seemed to help Waters, whose No. 24 car was on point and running smoothly.

Waters finished ahead Tyler Whetstone, who took second, and Michael Haddenham.

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The Tucker Towing Double Decker “All Powell’d Up” on the track during Saturday’s event.

As for the Late Model race, Waters didn’t start on the pole, but instead took off from the No. 4 spot.  He began moving right away and soon worked his way to the lead, which is where he stayed.

Waters hit a top speed of nearly 89 miles per hour on the 3/8-mile America First Credit Union Super Oval.

Lynn Hardy took second in the Late Model competition and Eric Rhead came across third.

In other action Saturday, Adam Warner won the 10-lap Summer’s Auto Wrecking Hornets race. He crossed ahead of Jeremy White and Tyler Green.

The Mini Cup race featured 14 cars, but it was Skylar Sevey’s No. 84 car that took the checkered flag.  Kevin Neff earned second place and Levi Rider came across third.

Break’s over folks, time to get back on track

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Jimmy Waters’ No. 24 Shoqwave Late Model in action.

The America First Credit Union Super Oval sat dark last weekend as much of the Beehive State focused its attention on another sport, football.  But now that this year’s BYU-Utah game is officially in the books, Rocky Mountain Raceways is officially back up and running, and anxious to see the AFCU Super Oval roar to life.

With only two more oval races on the schedule, this weekend’s RMR Oval Racing Series event figures to be an important one for the racers trying to make up ground in the point standings.

Five racing classes will participate Saturday:  the Shoqwave Late Models, Maverik Modifieds, Summer’s Auto Wrecking Hornets, Mini Cups and the Tucker Towing Double Deckers.

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Shawn Price’s No. 45 Maverik Modified leads the pack.

Of the five classes, four have a separation of 11 or fewer points between first and second place.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 5 and heat races at 6. Features are scheduled to fire up at 7:30 p.m.

Looking ahead to the coming weeks, RMR will host one of its biggest events of the season on Saturday, Sept. 24.  That’s when the annual Night of Fire will light up the West Valley City skies with Jet Car racing.  That event is one several that will take place the fourth week of September.  In addition, RMR will host the Lucas Oil Divisional Series drag racing on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

The Divisional Series will get underway on Sept. 22 and run through Sept. 25.

The annual Oval Championships will take place of the AFCU Super Oval on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8.

The final motocross race will take place Sept. 30 on RMR’s MX track.