Ith Jr. wins again, earns second consecutive Maverik Modified title

 WEST VALLEY CITY – The “1280 The Zone” Pit Area at Rocky Mountain Raceways was packed tightly Saturday as 90 participants competed in 10 classes in RMR’s annual Utah State Oval Championship.

Even before the race, Mark Ith Jr. had his second consecutive Maverik Modified championship sewn up. Naturally, there were questions as to how hard he’d drive his No. 84 car in the feature event on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. Ith answered those questions when he immediately began working his way to the front of the pack.

Just two laps into the 50-lap race, Ith moved from his No. 8 starting position all the way to third. He eventually took the lead on lap No. 11 and never relinquished it. He hit a top speed of 84.948 miles per hour on lap 28, where he also turned in the race’s fastest lap at 15.892 seconds on the 3/8-mile oval.

Jimmy Waters finished second and Dan McCoy finished third while Lynn Hardy and Zachary Webster rounded out the top five.

Corey Walker won Saturday’s 30-lap Redbone Trucking Super Stocks race, edging out Tim Fahrner, who still managed to earn his second straight points title. Kevin Winders took third on Saturday and Al Jones completed the top five.

Kyle Bergener won Saturday’s 25-lap University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car race, hitting a top speed of 102.708 MPH. He topped second place finisher TJ Thorn by more than three seconds. Jimmy Waters took third, while Jason Aposhian and 2015 Crate Motor Sprint Class overall points champ Jaren Mott completed the top five.

In the 15-lap Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets feature, Guy Urry took top honors. Preslie Thorne, Tyler Green, Jeramy White and Matt Johnson rounded out the top five. In the 15-lap Ford Focus Midget finale, Jimmy Waters took the checkered flag while Michael Daniels took second and Jeff Kelley finished in third place.

Anthony Quintana and Jeanille Waters-Romero completed the top five.

Ith Jr. captured Saturday’s U Burn ‘Em We Build ‘Em mini cup competition, sneaking past second-place finisher Kevin Neff by less than a second. Levi Rider, Skylar Sevey and Tracy Rider completed the top five.

The team All Powelled Up won the Double Decker race ahead of Green Lantern and Hot N Cold Waters, Cow Tipper and Hard Water rounded out the top five. In the Brandon Parks Roofing Trains race, the team Shake Rattle N Roll took top honors followed by Rest In Pieces, Kicking & Screaming, USA and Six Feet Under.

Nathan Westmoreland captured Saturday’s Jr. Stingers race, followed by Tyler Green, Levi Rider, Blaze Tucker and Blaine Roberts.

Finally, Matt Webster took first place in the Figure 8 race, topping second-place finisher Dave Fleishman and a contest that was shortened to eight laps.

Intermountain Outlaw Modified Series coming to RMR this weekend

                   WEST VALLEY CITY – The Idaho-based Intermountain Outlaw Modified Series will invade Rocky Mountain Raceways this Saturday, bringing with it lots of horsepower, and of course, a need for speed.

  On the heels of last weekend’s popular Lucas Oil Modified Series race – which came down to one of the craziest finishes in RMR history – the IOM Series will be looking to keep the excitement alive on RMR’s America First Credit Union Super Oval. The traveling IOM Series features bigger engines like the Lucas Oil Modifides, but with slightly different tires.

Running with the Outlaw Series group will be RMR’s regular Maverik Modified drivers, bringing the expected number of racers to between 25 and 30.

Rick Fowble is the series point leader followed by Jentry Pisca and Neal Latham. Among the IOM’s notable drivers is Meridian, Idaho-based Shelby Stroebel, a regular in the Lucas Modified tour and his daughter, Caitlin, 19, a Boise State University sophomore. Caitlin made her Lucas debut last weekend at RMR, finishing third in the B Main race. Shelby, who won the 2014 Lucas Series race at RMR, finished 19th in the A Main race last weekend.

Reigning Maverik Modified champion Mark Ith Jr., is currently RMR’s 2015 Modified-class point leader. Lynn Hardy, who finished fourth in last weekend’s event, ranks No. 2 in points this season. Both are expected to race this weekend.

In addition to the IOM Series, the America First Credit Union Super Oval will run Redbone Trucking Super Stocks, Pro 4s, You Burn Em We Build Em Mini Cups, Tucker Towing Double Deckers and Jr. Stingers.

On Friday, July 31, the Young Kia Drag Strip will host Jr. Dragster, Jr. Street and ATV races followed by the Armor Powder Coatings Midnight Drags, running from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Looking ahead, RMR will have Summit ET drag racing on Aug. 7 followed by two days of Maverik Clash of the Titans Monster Truck competition. The event will feature wheelie and freestyle contests as well as Legend Regional qualifying and Super Moto racing.