It’s known as Summer Sendoff and it’s an annual event on the Young Kia Drag Strip. The sizzling celebration will run Friday through Sunday, and will feature hundreds of cars competing for $30,000 in guaranteed purses.
The event will be highlighted with Nitro Funny Car racing on Saturday.
Drag racers from all over the western United States and parts of Canada have already converged on the RMR property. The competition will get underway Friday morning with two classes: Super Pro and Non-Electronic.
There will be more of the same on Saturday, with the Nitro Funny Cars scheduled for test runs at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Nitros will face their first round of eliminations at 6 p.m., with the second round running at 7:50 p.m.
The Funny Car finals are slated for approximately 9:15 p.m.
Sunday’s racing will fire up at 10 a.m. and will run until approximately 6 p.m.
An added feature of this weekend’s racing is the King/Queen of the Sendoff competition. The racer who wins the most rounds overall will receive a prize package that includes Hoosier tires, Coke products, a special Rockwell RMR watch, a $250 Maverik gift card and entry into the 2017 Las Vegas Spring Fling Million bracket races.
Looking ahead, the first week in September will be a hot one at RMR. It will start with a motocross race on Sept. 2, then the popular Salt Lake Moto Grand Prix on Sept. 3.
The annual Doomsday of Destruction celebration will run on Labor Day, Sept. 5. That day’s competition will feature Maverik Modifieds, K1 Speed Super Stocks, 4-Bangers, Junior Stingers, Figure 8 Trailer races, a Jet Car burn, and of course, the craziness of RMR’s annual Mascot Races.