WEST 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.
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.