Like fast cars? Good. Summer Sendoff and Nitro Shootout on tap this weekend.

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WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ As the summer of 2016 begins to wind down, Rocky Mountain Raceways has big plans to throw its special 20th anniversary season a fast, loud and powerful 3-day party.

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.DSC_0126

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.

Maverik Modifieds, Shoq Wave Late Models return to Rocky Mountain Raceways

Maverik Modifieds

Maverik Modifieds in action on the America First Credit Union Super Oval

Five racing classes will be in action Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways, as RMR turns out another Oval Racing Series Event.

Led by Maverik Modifieds and Shoq Wave Late Models, there figures to be plenty of traffic on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. In addition to the Modifieds and Late Models – two of RMR’s premier racing groups – the oval will sizzle with Mini Cups, 4-Bangers and Tucker Towing Double-Deckers.

Shoq Wave Late Models racing on the America First Credit Union Super Oval

Shoq Wave Late Models racing on the America First Credit Union Super Oval

Gates open at 4 p.m., qualifying starts at 5, heat races go off at 6 and features begin approximately 7:30.

Saturday is KSL Night at the Races, where a family of six can see the races for $20 with a coupon available on RMR’s Facebook page and other social media sites.

In addition, RMR has motocross racing scheduled for Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m., riders will be on track at 5.

Also on Friday, RMR and the Young Kia Drag Strip will host Midnight Drags with Salt City Drift. Drift gates will open at 5 p.m. and run from 6 until midnight.

Midnight Drags will run from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, RMR will host Jr. Drag Racing Series competition on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

RMR joins others in honoring brave young racing fan battling rare genetic disorder

Young Travis Carpenter inspects some racing items donated by Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Young Travis Carpenter inspects some racing items donated by Rocky Mountain Raceways.

RIVERTON – On Thursday, Rocky Mountain Raceways had the pleasure of tagging along with the folks from the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, Tailor Built Homes and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as young racing fan Travis Carpenter got to see a bedroom filled with lots of sweet racing stuff donated just for him.
Travis, who recently turned 9, suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, or simply NF1, a rare genetic disorder. Travis has been dealing with NF1 for most of his life, but with the help of his family — parents Kelly and Scott and big brothers Nolan and Barrett — he puts up a brave fight every day.
The folks at Tailor Built have a beautiful home in the 2016 Salt Lake Parade of Homes (1313 W. Midas Point Cove in Riverton) and they wanted to dedicate one of the bedrooms to Travis and his love of NASCAR and all things racing.
When Rocky Mountain Raceways was invited to contribute some items to help decorate the room, we were excited to help. Led by drag staff employee Stephanie Walsh, who sewed a really cool quilt made with racing t-shirts, RMR was able to add, among other things, an end table made with old tires, some race flags (a checkered one, naturally); some trophies and race photos, and even a stuffed Rocky.
In addition, the Carpenters have been invited to take in the races at RMR. In particular, Travis will get the chance to ride in the pace car, hang out with the safety team and even help out on Jimmy Waters’ pit crew.

Before Thursday, Travis did not know about the room dedicated to him or any of the racing paraphernalia. It was great to be there to see the look on his face when opened the door and saw the surprise.

RMR employee Stephanie Walsh shows Travis an autographed Hoosier tire.

RMR employee Stephanie Walsh shows Travis an autographed Hoosier tire.

The race-themed room is available to see through the Salt Lake Parade of Homes tour, which runs through Aug. 13. The event is open Monday through Saturday, noon until 9 p.m.
After the conclusion of this year’s Parade of Homes, Travis gets to keep most of the racing items so he can decorate his own bedroom.
Finally, we are RMR offer the entire Carpenter family our best wishes as they join Travis in his brave fight. He’s a terrific young man with an inspiring spirit and an impressive knowledge of racing.
The following is a link to another web story on Travis Carpenter: