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.
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.
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.