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. 

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: http://childrensinn.org/need-for-speed/

2016 Drug Testing/Alcohol Policy

 

Rocky Mountain Raceways

2016 Drug Testing/Alcohol Policy

What:

Rocky Mountain Raceways will conduct random drug and alcohol tests of both RMR competitors and RMR staff members.  We will test an undetermined number of racers and employees picked at random on race day. All competitors, regardless of class, may be tested.  We have a mobile testing company that will be at our facility.  Racers selected at random will be brought to the main office for testing.  There will be no refunds given for a “failure to report” situation.

Why:

Motorsports involves inherent risk.  I need to make sure that I am providing the safest possible platform for all of you to perform.  If one of you is under the influence of illegal, mind-altering substances while behind the wheel of a racecar, motorcycle, quad, or side-by-side, then I am failing the entire group in providing a safe place to race.  All of you should be at your full faculties when operating your racing apparatus.  It only takes a small slip up by someone not in the correct frame of mind to cause a major incident and thousands of dollars in unnecessary damages, meanwhile risking the safety of the racers, the patrons, and the RMR staff.

Penalty:

Upon a failed substance test, your racing privileges will be immediately suspended for the next 3 events (including that night) for your class.  After the three race suspension, you will need to provide a negative test back to RMR by the same testing company that will perform our tests on site to regain racing eligibility, within 24 hours of the race you wish to compete.  The cost for the follow up testing will be incurred by the driver in violation.  In the event of a failed test, information will be given to the responsible party to make arrangements for further testing.  If alcohol shows positive, you will then be subject to a breathalyzer test.  Anything greater than .000 will result in a one-event suspension, which will be administered day of. WVPD will conduct a private breathalyzer on the next event for that competitor.

Appeal:

If you are found with a positive test, you may appeal by having another test administered on site.  The competitor will pay for the cost of the re-test.  If the test comes back negative, the track will reimburse the cost.  If a race is missed during the process, the track will credit the average class points for the event to the competitors overall points for the season after the driver pays the missed event entry fee. If the second test is positive, the penalty is enforced and the driver must adhere to the testing guidelines.

 

Available for Download Here: 2016 RMR Drug Testing Policy