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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. 

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


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.