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Two-time Maverik Modified champ Ith Jr. scores first win of 2016 season

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Mark Ith Jr. and company pose with Saturday’s Maverik Modified trophy.

Back-to-back defending Maverik Modified champion Mark Ith Jr. notched his first victory of the season Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways, finishing seconds ahead of 2016 points leader Michael Haddenham.

Ith Jr. drove his dayglo green No. 84 car to the lead on Lap 30 and held on for the checkered flag, finishing ahead of Haddenham, who took second, Todd Beach, who finished third, and Lynn Hardy, who came across fourth on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

Saturday was “Night of Champions” at RMR. A number of familiar faces were on hand as past champions were recognized prior to the start of the featured races. Ith Jr., who won the Maverik Modified titles in 2014 and ’15, was among the honorees.

Mark Ith Jr.'s No. 84 Maverik Modified does a burnout after winning Saturday's race.

Mark Ith Jr.’s No. 84 Maverik Modified does a burnout after winning Saturday’s race.

Ith Jr., the top qualifier on Saturday, began on the back row. He made steady climb through the pack, eventually working his way into the top three on Lap 11. He remained behind Haddenham for the next 17 laps before finally racing into the lead with 10 laps to go.

In other action Saturday, Boise State University student Hannah Newhouse won the 50-lap Shoq Wave Late Model race, giving her two wins on the AFCU Super Oval this season. Earlier this summer the Idaho native edged her father, John, to win the July 9 Pro Race Trucks event.

Hannah Newhouse earned a third-place finish in the Pro Trucks race on May 21, finishing behind her brother, Mason.

This time, behind the wheel of her No. 46 Late Model, Hannah started in the middle of the eight-car pack and didn’t climb into the lead until Lap 45. In doing so, she finished ahead of Hardy and Bruce Quale, who took third.

Pro 4s points leader Kevin Winders won yet another feature race, this time finishing ahead of Haddenham and Cortney Green.

Levi Rider captured the crown in the 20-lap Mini Cups race, finishing ahead of Kevin Neff and Tracy Rider.

And in the Tucker Towing Double-Decker race, the Jimmy John Freaky Fast tandem finished in front of Hit N Run and Green Lantern.

Up next at Rocky Mountain Raceways will be one of the racetrack’s biggest events of the season, the 2016 Clash of the Titans Monster Truck competition. The event, which will feature 16 Monster Trucks, will be held Aug. 13-14 on the AFCU Super Oval.

RMR joins others in honoring brave young racing fan battling rare genetic disorder

Young Travis Carpenter inspects some racing items donated by Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Young Travis Carpenter inspects some racing items donated by Rocky Mountain Raceways.

RIVERTON – On Thursday, Rocky Mountain Raceways had the pleasure of tagging along with the folks from the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, Tailor Built Homes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as young racing fan Travis Carpenter got to see a bedroom filled with lots of sweet racing stuff donated just for him.
 
Travis, who recently turned 9, suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, or simply NF1, a rare genetic disorder. Travis has been dealing with NF1 for most of his life, but with the help of his family — parents Kelly and Scott and big brothers Nolan and Barrett — he puts up a brave fight every day.
 
The folks at Tailor Built have a beautiful home in the 2016 Salt Lake Parade of Homes (1313 W. Midas Point Cove in Riverton) and they wanted to dedicate one of the bedrooms to Travis and his love of NASCAR and all things racing.
 
When Rocky Mountain Raceways was invited to contribute some items to help decorate the room, we were excited to help. Led by drag staff employee Stephanie Walsh, who sewed a really cool quilt made with racing t-shirts, RMR was able to add, among other things, an end table made with old tires, some race flags (a checkered one, naturally); some trophies and race photos, and even a stuffed Rocky.
 
In addition, the Carpenters have been invited to take in the races at RMR. In particular, Travis will get the chance to ride in the pace car, hang out with the safety team and even help out on Jimmy Waters’ pit crew.
 

Before Thursday, Travis did not know about the room dedicated to him or any of the racing paraphernalia. It was great to be there to see the look on his face when opened the door and saw the surprise.

RMR employee Stephanie Walsh shows Travis an autographed Hoosier tire.

RMR employee Stephanie Walsh shows Travis an autographed Hoosier tire.

 
The race-themed room is available to see through the Salt Lake Parade of Homes tour, which runs through Aug. 13. The event is open Monday through Saturday, noon until 9 p.m.
 
After the conclusion of this year’s Parade of Homes, Travis gets to keep most of the racing items so he can decorate his own bedroom.
Finally, we are RMR offer the entire Carpenter family our best wishes as they join Travis in his brave fight. He’s a terrific young man with an inspiring spirit and an impressive knowledge of racing.
The following is a link to another web story on Travis Carpenter: http://childrensinn.org/need-for-speed/

Andrus races UFCU Sprint Car to checkered flag in July 30 Oval Racing Series event

Veteran racer Mel Andrus didn’t record the fastest speed during Saturday night’s University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car contest at Rocky Mountain Raceways, but he still managed to take the checkered flag thanks to patience and timing.

Mel Andrus’ No. 3 University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car in action on July 30.

Andrus, who came into Saturday’s race ranked No. 5 in RMR’s UFCU Sprint Car point standings, hit 99.8 miles per hour on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. He took the lead on lap seven and never relinquished it. He drove hard around the oval, grinding out the 25 lap contest ahead of Kyle Bergener, Nick Pepe and Lonnie Adamson, who finished fourth.

Andrus cross the line less than a second ahead of Bergner, who entered the day ranked No. 2 in the point standings.

In other action on the AFCU Super Oval, Chuck Groat maintained his lead in the Midget point standings, winning Saturday’s 20-lap race ahead of Michael Daniels, who finished second, and Jeff Kelley, who t
Mel Andrus’ No. 3 University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car in action on July 30.ook third.

Groat, Daniels and Kelley rank No. 1, 2 and 3 in the point standings.

Kevin Winders earned the victory in a 4-Banger class that had 11 cars make the start. Winders briefly held the lead on laps No. 5 and 6, but didn’t take the lead for good until lap. No. 17 of the 20-lap race.

Mike Sivak took second and Scott Cook came across third.

Jeremy White won the 30-lap Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets race, outlasting Tyler Green and Skyler Douglas.

Finally, in the 10-lap Brandon Park Roofing Figure-8 Trains race, Shake, Rattle N Roll took the flag, well ahead of Plum Crazy and Plum Nutz.

Next Saturday, RMR will host another Oval Racing Series event. The featured classes will be Shoq Wave Late Models, Maverik Modifieds, Mini Cups, 4-bangers and Tucker Towing Double Deckers. Also on tap are a pair of Jr. Drag Racing Series events on the Young Kia Drag Strip (Aug. 3 and 6). The drag strip will also host the Midnight Drags with Salt City Drift, on Friday, Aug. 5.

A motocross race is also scheduled for Aug. 5.