Like Tom Hanks, RMR will make … FIRE!

img_2184WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ In the movie “Castaway” famed actor Tom Hanks plays a guy named Chuck who survives a plane crash and ends up by himself on a deserted island.  At one point Chuck is determined to start a fire with a couple of sticks, and after a few failed attempts he successfully turns a spark into a fire.  In fact, in one of the key moments in the film he excitedly dances around like a madman, proudly yelling, “Fire! I have made FIRE!”

So what does Tom Hanks and the movie “Castaway” possibly have to do with Rocky Mountain Raceways?  Easy. He is so pleased with making fire, he practically freaks out.  And, well, the folks at RMR completely understand where he’s coming from.

We love fire, as in Night of Fire.img_2148

Saturday night on the Young Kia Drag Strip, we’ll prove our love with the annual event known as “Night of Fire.”  In addition to hosting the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 doubleheader – an event that will see 400 or more race cars from all over the West and parts of Canada – RMR will have Jet Cars on the track at 6:30 and 9 p.m.  In addition, two of the Jet Cars will make an exhibition pass at 9 p.m. on Friday

Saturday’s festivities will highlight what figures to be an exciting, ground-pounding weekend of racing.

The Lucas Oil Divisional even is one of 45 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson will also run in conjunction with the event.

Competitors began showing up to the RMR facility as early as Monday and have continued to set up in the 1280 The Zone pit area as well as on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

The Lucas Oil racing will fire up Thursday morning and will continue through Sunday.

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.