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Daughter tops daddy in Pro Race Trucks family affair on AFCU Super Oval

WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Hannah Newhouse probably wasn’t grounded for what she did Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways, but the record will show that she did, in fact, run away from him.

Hannah, a Boise State University sophomore, won the 75-lap Pro Race Trucks competition on RMR’s America First Credit Union Super Oval, edging her father, John, in a hotly contested race.

Hannah Newhouse's No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday's practice.

Hannah Newhouse’s No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday’s practice.

Starting in the No. 8 position, Hannah Newhouse jumped three spots on the first lap. By the fourth lap she was already in third place. She briefly moved into second, but fell out. She climbed back into the No. 2 spot on lap 19, trailing only her father.

The two stayed that way for the next 17 laps until Hannah made a nifty move to get around her father on lap 36. And for a time, the Newhouse family dominated the top three spots. Hanna led the way, John was right behind her and brother, Mason, was in third.

The Newhouses went 1-2-3 for the next 44 laps until Mason went to the pits with motor issues.

Although her father was applying pressure in the final laps, Hannah held him off for her second consecutive victory.

John Newhouse finished second and Drew Reitsma took third.

Earlier in the season, the Newhouses finished 2-3-4 in a Pro Race Truck event on the AFCU Super Oval.

In other action on Saturday, Shawn Price won the 40-lap Maverik Modifieds race, besting Michael Haddenham and Nick Parker.

Skylar Sevey outlasted Donny Sevey and Kevin Neff in the 20-lap Mini Cups competition. Blaze Tucker won the 20-lap Jr. Stingers race, besting Chaz Groat and Karnee McCoy.

And in the Tucker Towing Double Decker race, All Powelled up took the checkered flag ahead of Jimmy John Freaky Fast and Hit N Run.

Up next at RMR, there will be Summit ET Series drag racing on July 15 and another Oval Racing Series competition on July 16.

Bryan Warf proves himself with checkered flag in Copper Cup Classic

Bryan Warf returned to Rocky Mountain Raceways and the Copper Cup Classic on Saturday, this time winning the prize he seemed destined to win a year ago.

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Following Saturday’s Super Modified race, Bryan Warf poses with the Copper Cup trophy along with Rockette and Sydney Tyacke, Miss Utah Nationwide 2016.

Warf, who won a Sprint Car race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval on May 30, dominated the 40-lap Copper Cup race, taking the lead on the first lap and powering his No. 91 Super Modified to the checkered flag without ever getting passed.  He hit a top speed of 106 mph and his best lap on the 3/8 mile oval was a sizzling 12.626 seconds.

In qualifying, Warf set two RMR track records: he hit a top speed of 108.941 mph, and recorded a 12.392 second lap time.

If it seemed like Warf raced like he had something to prove, it’s because he did.

In 2015, the Meridian, Idaho resident fired out in front of the pack just as he did on Saturday.  However, last year’s race had a shocking finish.  Coming around turn one on the final lap, Warf’s motor betrayed him, conking out with the end in sight.  Jim Birgis, who had been trailing Warf on the final lap, cruised in for the victory.

This time Warf would not be denied the big Copper Cup trophy, although it’s a good bet he held his breath as he drove around the final lap.DSC_2663

Luke Johnson finished second, Joey Payne came across in third and Rich Castor Jr. took fourth.

In other action on Saturday, Mel Andrus won the 25-lap University Federal Credit Union Winged Sprint race, hitting a top speed of 99 mph.  Lonnie Adamson finished in second place and Nick Pepe took third.

Stacy Jensen won the 20-lap Crate Sprints race, besting Bob Massie, who took second place, and Don Massie finished third.

In the 20-lap Midget race, Michael Daniels took the checkered flag followed by second-place finisher Jeff Kelley and Chuck Groat, who came across in third place.

The Plum Crazy car won the 10-lap Brandon Park Roofing F-8 Trains race, finishing ahead of Zombie Slayer and Shake, Rattle N Roll.

Up next at RMR is a July 9 Oval Series event that will feature Pro Race Trucks, Maverik Modifieds, Mini Cups, Jr. Stingers and Tucker Towing Double Deckers.

RMR Oval Racing Series heats up like the summertime weather

Oval racing will return to Rocky Mountain Raceways on Saturday, and the American First Credit Union Super Oval will heat up just like the weather.

After sitting out last weekend in favor of the popular drag racing showcase “Funny Car Fever,” the AFCU Super Oval will take center stage with RMR Oval Racing Series racing. The event will feature five exciting race classes: Maverik Modifieds, University Federal Credit Union Sprints, Midgets, Mini Cups and Tucker Towing Double Deckers.

Practices will start at 3:30 PM, qualifying kicks off at 5, with heat races at 6 and features going off at 7:25.

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Maverik Modifieds in action

Rocky Mountain Raceways will also feature Summit ET Series racing on the Young Kia Drag Strip on Friday, plus motocross racing on the MX track.

Cars will be on drag strip at 4:30 PM. MX racing starts at 6:15 PM.

More racing is scheduled for Saturday morning with a Jr. Drag Racing Series competition beginning at 9 AM.

Looking ahead, next week will feature Jr. Drag Racing Series action and an oval test and tune on Wednesday; Friday will bring an MX practice, Quarter Midget racing and a Midnight Drag Bash. Another RMR Oval Racing Series event is on tap for Saturday, June 25.