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Intermountain Outlaw Modified Series coming to RMR this weekend

                   WEST VALLEY CITY – The Idaho-based Intermountain Outlaw Modified Series will invade Rocky Mountain Raceways this Saturday, bringing with it lots of horsepower, and of course, a need for speed.

  On the heels of last weekend’s popular Lucas Oil Modified Series race – which came down to one of the craziest finishes in RMR history – the IOM Series will be looking to keep the excitement alive on RMR’s America First Credit Union Super Oval. The traveling IOM Series features bigger engines like the Lucas Oil Modifides, but with slightly different tires.

Running with the Outlaw Series group will be RMR’s regular Maverik Modified drivers, bringing the expected number of racers to between 25 and 30.

Rick Fowble is the series point leader followed by Jentry Pisca and Neal Latham. Among the IOM’s notable drivers is Meridian, Idaho-based Shelby Stroebel, a regular in the Lucas Modified tour and his daughter, Caitlin, 19, a Boise State University sophomore. Caitlin made her Lucas debut last weekend at RMR, finishing third in the B Main race. Shelby, who won the 2014 Lucas Series race at RMR, finished 19th in the A Main race last weekend.

Reigning Maverik Modified champion Mark Ith Jr., is currently RMR’s 2015 Modified-class point leader. Lynn Hardy, who finished fourth in last weekend’s event, ranks No. 2 in points this season. Both are expected to race this weekend.

In addition to the IOM Series, the America First Credit Union Super Oval will run Redbone Trucking Super Stocks, Pro 4s, You Burn Em We Build Em Mini Cups, Tucker Towing Double Deckers and Jr. Stingers.

On Friday, July 31, the Young Kia Drag Strip will host Jr. Dragster, Jr. Street and ATV races followed by the Armor Powder Coatings Midnight Drags, running from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Looking ahead, RMR will have Summit ET drag racing on Aug. 7 followed by two days of Maverik Clash of the Titans Monster Truck competition. The event will feature wheelie and freestyle contests as well as Legend Regional qualifying and Super Moto racing.

Lucas Oil Modifieds: Stroebel Will Have Daughter for a Rival in Bid for Second Win in Utah

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Stroebel will have daughter for a rival in bid for second win in Utah

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (July 22, 2015) – Shelby Stroebel said he’s “a little nervous and a little excited at the same time” about returning to Rocky Mountain Raceways on Saturday (July 25) to kick off the second half of the championship schedule for the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart.

Stroebel’s conflicting emotions have to do with trying to win at RMR for the second year in a row after having one of the worst outings of his career a month ago, and to having among his challengers his daughter, a promising 19-year-old named Caitlin Stroebel.

It will be the series debut for Caitlin, who has been racing Modifieds at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway and other Northwest tracks for several years while completing her education in high school and at Boise State University, where she will be a sophomore.

Caitlin, who got her first main event win at Meridian in September, 2012, will become the third woman to drive in the series when she joins her father and the others on the 39-car entry list for the K&N Filters Great Salt Lake 75 presented by Sunoco.

The race, which is scheduled for 75 laps on the 3/8-mile America First Credit Union oval, will be the sixth of the 10 that will determine the 2015 champion. The race winner will take home $2,000 and $400 will go to each of the 28 drivers who earn a spot in the starting field through qualifying or the B main.

Scott Winters has won two of the season’s five race and will go into this event leading the Hoosier Tire West point standings. But the Tracy, California, resident is only 2 points ahead of Taylor Miinch of El Cajon, California, and Escondido, California’s, Austin Barnes, the 2012 champion who also is a two-time winner.

Reigning champion and Las Vegas winner Dylan Cappello of Peoria, Arizona, is fourth, 15 points behind Winters, and Jason Irwin of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is fifth, 22 points in back of the leader.

Irwin and Cappello were second and third at RMR last year when Shelby Stroebel led 64 laps and got his first series win by 0.756 seconds. Not surprisingly, Stroebel has good feelings about the track in suburban Salt Lake City that is about five hours away from his home in Meridian, Idaho.

“I do like the facility,” the 42-year-old construction company owner said. “It’s fun to race at, it’s a fast track and it seems like I have decent luck there.

“The track is racy. If you get the car set up right there are two grooves, which is nice. You have a lot of corner speed and you feel the G forces in the corners; it’s kind of unique (among the tracks on the series’ schedule) in that way. It’ll shove you back in the seat a little. You can drive a little deeper into the corners and carry more corner speed.”

Stroebel, who has finished third and fifth in the point standings since joining the series full-time in 2013, is 12th this week after falling five spots because of a disastrous race at Irwindale, California, June 27.

The front end of his LoanMart Lefthander Chevrolet unexpectedly scraped the pavement in the first turn on the opening lap, leaving him with a broken tie rod end and no steering and triggering an accident that also sidelined Jason Patison and Jimmy Sloan.

“We tried a completely different set-up,” Stroebel said, “and then we missed practice. We broke the car Friday night, so we only had one practice (before qualifying on race day). I was running the top groove then, but when the main event started I was on the inside. I go sailing into Turn One and it loaded up the front more than usual. It put a lot more force on the front and it over-traveled. It hit the sway bar on the track and broke the tie rod end and I had no steering.

“I felt so bad. Jason got the brunt end of it, and Jimmy, and I hate that. If I take myself out I’m OK with that. But when I take other guys out it really bums me out.”

Stroebel said he is going to try the same set-up again, however, as he continues to search for the consistency that has eluded him since he joined the series. He has said that two of the biggest demons for him have been the use of bump stops, which are designed to control suspension travel but in the process, he said, “changes the load so dramatically,” and the peculiarities of the 8-inch Hoosier 700 tire used in the series.

“It has been a struggle with the tires,” said Stroebel, who uses a different tire in the other series he runs. “My right rear is completely destroyed almost every race. That has to do with me not understanding what’s going on with the tire. I know it might help me if I could get a better handle on that.”

The weekend program will get under way with the series’ customary Friday night practice and conclude with practice, qualifying, a 40-lap B main and the 75-lap main event Saturday. Also on the schedule are RMR’s Hornets, Super Stocks, Winged Sprint Cars and a Train race, and the evening will conclude with a Fireworks show.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 5 through 12. Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday July 25. Qualifying for all divisions will begin at 5:30, heat races at 6:30, the B main at 7 and the main events at 8:05 p.m.

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart is supported by a potent marketing concept known as “Team Lucas” whose members include General Tire, GEICO, E3 Spark Plugs, Optima Batteries, Carlyle Tools, Kawasaki, AutoMeter, iON Cameras, Speedco Truck Lube and Tire, BILSTEIN Shocks, LoanMart and SuperClean.

Additional sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products, Protect the Harvest, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, K&N Filters, Aero Racing Wheels, ASI Racewear, Bosch, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Frank’s Radios, Racing Plus and DJ Safety.

Detailed information on the series is available at

Western Conference Finals Review

Western Conference Finals

Each season, racers from throughout the western United States and Canada take their shot at Wallys and a share of prize money during the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals. The event features racers from all tracks in Divisions 6 and 7 and some from Divisions 4 and 5. Each NHRA member track may send an unlimited number of teams of 10 racers to the event. The event awards a Wally and prize money to the winner in each of the eight age categories — 6-9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16-17 — and a Wally to each member of the winning team.

2015 Jr. Drag Racing Western Conference Finals
Rocky Mountain Raceways (West Valley City, Utah)
July 16-18

July 18, 2015

Poe’s record third win highlights Western Conference Finals

WCF champions
2015 Western Conference Finals champions
WCF runner-up finishers
2015 Western Conference Finals runners-up
WCF Team Champion
2015 Western Conference Finals team champion
Team Spirit
2015 Western Conference Finals Team Spirit winner

Cade Poe became the first three-time Conference Finals/National Championships winner in the history of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League when he outlasted the field in the 13-year-old age group. Joining Poe in the winner’s circle were Isabella Scofield (age 6-9), Lilian Cacioppo (10), Ryan Mason (11), Damon Bustamante (12), Dylan Oliveira (14), Tristan Marti (15), Jake Jones (16-17), AJ Thomas (Jr. Comp), and Sacramento Raceway (team champion).

Poe, a Los Alamitos, Calif., racer who was part of the Auto Club Famoso Raceway team, added this year’s 13-year-old age group Wally to the ones he earned in 2012 (10) and 2013 (11) when he won a tight double-breakout final against Kate Worsham, who resides in Villa Park, Calif., and was part of the Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip team. Both Poe and Worsham cut .025 lights in the final, but Poe was closer to his dial in the 7.88 (7.90 dial) to 7.89 (7.92) contest.

Poe wasn’t the only multi-time winner at this year’s event. Thunder Valley Raceway Park’s Marti, who was a winner alongside Poe at the 2012 event, picked up his second Western Conference Finals title by outlasting Josiah Nava in the 15-year-old age bracket. In the final, Nava, a Bandimere Speedway racer from Avondale, Colo., left the starting line .002-second too soon. That gave the automatic win to Noble, Okla., racer Marti, who cut a .081 light and posted a 7.86 (7.90).

West Jordan, Utah, competitor Jones also picked up his second Western Conference Finals victory. Jones, who raced for host track Rocky Mountain Raceways, got a reaction-time edge of more than a tenth over Trey Vetter, a Henderson, Nev., racer who was part of the The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and turned it into a 7.95 (7.90) to 7.99 (7.97) holeshot win. Jones was also a winner at the 2008 event.

Scofield, who hails from Winslow, Ariz., and was part of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park’s team, turned a .030 to .111 reaction-time advantage into a 12.16 (11.98) to 12.58 (12.39) win against Las Vegas, Nev., runner Jessica Boardman, in the 6-9 age group final.

Cacioppo, an Orangevale, Calif., resident who was part of the winning Sacramento team, also had the reaction-time edge in the 10-year-old class final, and she used it to defeat Colorado Springs, Colo., racer Donovan Harless, 9.57 (9.47) to 8.93 (8.90).

San Clemente, Calif.’s Mason chalked up a second win for Wild Horse Pass when Brittney Sturdevant, a Draper, Utah, resident who was part of the Las Vegas team, went red in the 11-year-old age-group final. Mason cut a .077 light and ran right on his 9.09 dial en route to victory.

After finishing as the runner-up in Friday’s Top of the Mountain race, Bustamante, a member of the Barona team from San Dimas, Calif., went the distance in today in the12-year-old category. In the final, Jack Stanfield, who lives in Placerville, Calif., and was racing for Sacramento, had the slight reaction-time edge, but Bustamante ran closer to the dial in the 8.93 (8.91) to 9.22 (9.19) contest.

Oliveira, a Famoso competitor from Cypress, Calif., got the automatic nod in the 14-year-old title round when Joey Leal, a Sacramento Raceway competitor who lives in Loomis, Calif., went red. Oliveira cut a .042 light and ran an 8.05 (8.08).

After finishing as the runner-up in last year’s Jr. Comp exhibition at the Western Conference Finals, Chowchilla, Calif., driver Thomas was able to turn on one more win light this time around in the class that runs on a 6.90 index. In the final, Thomas cut a strong .009 light and he used it to beat Mesa, Ariz., competitor Brandon Marcheski, 6.940 to 6.944.

Bolstered by Cacioppo’s win and the runner-up finish by Stanfield, Sacramento Raceway Team 1 took home this year’s team championship. The group tallied 19 points. Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip finished second with 18 points, followed by The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Team 2 (17), Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (17), and Auto Club Famoso Raceway Team 2 (16).

The competition for the Team Spirit award was tough once again this year with several teams contending for the title, which ultimately went to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Other special-award winners were Jordan Dyer (Best Overall Appearing Car), Dylan Horridge (Best Appearing Theme Car), Cason Segundo (Coolest Car), and Auto Club Famoso Raceway (Best Appearing Track).

Trophies were also presented to the drivers who cut the best reaction time on winning run in round one and to the drivers who had the best package on a winning run in round one. The Best Reaction Time award winners were Cy Mitchell (6-9), Lacey Martin (10), Mason (11), Maverick Molloy (12), Korban Lewis (13), Derrick Hegwood (14), Amy Book (15), and Shelby Rae Schoenfeld (16-17). Closest to Dial winners were Jake Taylor (6-9), Harless (10), Aaron Covington (10), Cavica Wilkerson (11), Molloy (12), Poe (13), Oliveira (14), Blake Johnson (15), and Schoenfeld (16-17).


For full event results and other stories from the Western Conference Finals, click here.