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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.

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.

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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.