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Rocky Mountain Raceways gets another case of Funny Car Fever

WEST VALLEY CITY – The folks at Rocky Mountain Raceways have come down with a fever, and the only prescription isn’t more cowbell … it’s more Funny Cars.

That’s right, it’s time for Funny Car Fever, one of RMR’s most popular events of the year.

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The Nitro Funny Car “Nitroholic” is shown here during last year’s Funny Car Fever competition on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

Highlighting a weekend full of what figures to be fantastic racing on the Young Kia Drag Strip, 14 Funny Cars will be on hand to provide loud, ground-shaking, pulse-pounding, super fast excitement as they race toward one final elimination showdown to close the show on Saturday.

The Funny Cars may be the headliners on the marquee, but they certainly won’t be the only cars racing.

The weekend will blast off Friday with NHRA Heritage Series racing running from 10 am until approximately 10 pm.

Classes will include: Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, A-Fuel Dragsters, Junior Fuel Dragsters, 7.0 Pro, A-Gas, B-Gas, C-Gas, D-Gas, Nostalgia Eliminator, NE-2, NE-3 and Hot Rod.

The Funny Cars are scheduled to run at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday.

The action will pick up again Saturday with more Heritage Series racing running from 10 a.m. until approximately 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the final Nitro Funny Car qualifying session is schedule for 1 p.m., with the eight fastest cars coming back for three rounds of eliminations beginning at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:30, when the two finalists will square off.

Racer Richard Townsend and his Funny Car “Nitroholic” won last year’s event, and he’ll back looking for more of the same this weekend.

The Nitroholic crew scored themselves a coveted Wally award for last year’s win.

“This is our first and only Wally so far we’ve got, so to come back and defend it, we’re going to do everything we can,” Townsend said. “There’s a couple of other guys (among the competition) that are running really hard, so it’s going to be tough.”

Warf takes Memorial Day Sprint race at Rocky Mountain Raceways

WEST VALLEY CITY – Idaho racer Bryan Waft drove his No. 8 car to victory Monday night in the Orchex Western SprintCar Series race at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Warf, from Meridian, Idaho, began the 30-lap race in the fifth position, but quickly worked his way to the front of the pack. He took the lead on lap No. 3 and never let it go.

Warf hit a top speed of 103.290 on the 3/8-mile America First Credit Union Super Oval. He best lap was 13.070.

Ryan Burdett, of West Valley City, took second place, finishing less than a second behind Warf. Eric Humphries finished third and Sierra JaDSC_0983ckson came in fourth after making a furious late push.

In other action of the AFCU Super Oval, Don Massie won the 15-lap Orchex Western SprintCar Series crate-motor race, besting Chuck Groat and Tim Powell.

Kevin Winders won the 15-lap 4 Bangers race, finishing ahead of Mike Sivak and Jayden Park.

In the Midget car main event, Michael Daniels beat Jimmy Waters and Chuck Groat.

In the exciting Mini Cup main, Skylar Sevey edged out his father, Donny, by .3 seconds. Levi Rider took third place.

Skylar Douglas won the 15-lap Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets competition, besting Tyler Green and Bill Butcher.