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Schmall talk: Idaho racer scores 2nd King of the Sendoff title on Young Kia Drag Strip

DSC_0651It was a Schmall world after all. 

For three days last weekend, the Young Kia Drag Strip at Rocky Mountain Raceways felt like Andy Schmall’s world and the rest of us were just living in it.

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Andy Schmall’s ’72 Chevy Nova

The 27-year-old racer from Idaho Falls, Idaho rode a hot streak as toasty as the later summer weather.  Schmall earned the King of the Sendoff award – his second in four years – and cruised away with cash and prizes after winning 17 rounds between Aug. 26-28.

By virtue of all those victories, Schmall took home a package that included cash, Hoosier racing tires, a specially designed Rockwell watch feature the RMR logo, a supply of Coke products, a $250 Maverik gift card and, perhaps most importantly, entry into the 2017 Las Vegas Spring Fling Million bracket racing competition.

Schmall, who raced in both the Super Pro and Non-Electronic brackets, made deep runs into the brackets on Friday, Saturday and again on Sunday.  In addition, his wife, Jamie, also competed in the couple’s ’72 Chevy Nova.

Andy Schmall won RMR’s initial King of the Sendoff award back in 2013.  He is the first competition to win two such awards.

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Matt Schoenfeld and his crew.


Chris Stout looks happy after scoring a win in last Sunday’s Non-Electronic bracket.

He competed in the 2015 version of Summer Sendoff but suffered mechanical issues after his first pass and was unable to continue.

Chris Stout won Sunday’s Non-Electronic bracket, collecting $2,500.  Matt Schoenfeld won Sunday’s Super Pro bracket and collected a check for $5,000.

Up next at Rocky Mountain Raceways, the annual Salt Lake MX Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3. On Labor Day, Sept. 5, the America First Credit Union Super Oval will host the annual Doomsday of Destruction, which features Maverik Modifieds, a Jet Car burn and the craziness known as Mascot Races. 

Like fast cars? Good. Summer Sendoff and Nitro Shootout on tap this weekend.

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WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ As the summer of 2016 begins to wind down, Rocky Mountain Raceways has big plans to throw its special 20th anniversary season a fast, loud and powerful 3-day party.

It’s known as Summer Sendoff and it’s an annual event on the Young Kia Drag Strip. The sizzling celebration will run Friday through Sunday, and will feature hundreds of cars competing for $30,000 in guaranteed purses.

The event will be highlighted with Nitro Funny Car racing on Saturday.

Drag racers from all over the western United States and parts of Canada have already converged on the RMR property.  The competition will get underway Friday morning with two classes: Super Pro and Non-Electronic.

There will be more of the same on Saturday, with the Nitro Funny Cars scheduled for test runs at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Nitros will face their first round of eliminations at 6 p.m., with the second round running at 7:50 p.m.

The Funny Car finals are slated for approximately 9:15 p.m.DSC_0126

Sunday’s racing will fire up at 10 a.m. and will run until approximately 6 p.m.

An added feature of this weekend’s racing is the King/Queen of the Sendoff competition.  The racer who wins the most rounds overall will receive a prize package that includes Hoosier tires, Coke products, a special Rockwell RMR watch, a $250 Maverik gift card and entry into the 2017 Las Vegas Spring Fling Million bracket races.

Looking ahead, the first week in September will be a hot one at RMR.  It will start with a motocross race on Sept. 2, then the popular Salt Lake Moto Grand Prix on Sept. 3.

The annual Doomsday of Destruction celebration will run on Labor Day, Sept. 5.  That day’s competition will feature Maverik Modifieds, K1 Speed Super Stocks, 4-Bangers, Junior Stingers, Figure 8 Trailer races, a Jet Car burn, and of course, the craziness of RMR’s annual Mascot Races.