WEST VALLEY CITY – Shawn Price edged 2015 points leader Mark Ith Jr. to take the checkered flag Saturday night in the Maverik Modifieds feature race at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Price’s victory in the 50-lap race highlighted Horsepower Heaven, an exciting event in which RMR’s racing fans were treated to action on two of its racing venues.
On the America First Credit Union Super Oval, races were contested in the Ford Focus Midget, Hornet and Maverik Modified classes. On the Young Kia Drag Strip, the competition was lively among the Performance Place Top Dragster and Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman classes.
In addition, fans were treated to an exhibition from Jet Cars and nitro burning Funny Cars and daredevil Mr. Dizzy closed the show with his famous school bus jump.
On the oval, Price edged Ith Jr. by .215 of a second in a race that saw a number of cautions and stoppages. Price, who started sixth among 17 starters, took the lead on lap No. 33 and never relinquished it. Ith Jr., meanwhile, recorded the race’s top speed, hitting 84.7 miles per hour and a top lap time of 15.925 seconds.
Lynn Hardy took third place and Tyler Whetstone finished fourth.
Michael Daniels won the 20-lap Midget race, besting Chuck Groat by .274 seconds. Jimmy Waters took third.
Daniels started in fourth position and moved his way out in front by the fourth lap.
In the Hornet race, Matt Johnson blew away the field, winning by more than 30 ahead of Mike Bevan and Guy Urry.
Among the drag racers, the Olpin family from Pleasant Grove stole the show.
Ed Olpin Sr. won the Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman in his 1968 Camaro. And in the Performance Place Top Dragster competition, Ed Olpin Jr. won in his rear engine dragster.
Jeff Bird, from Lehi, won the overall bracket in 2004 S&W rear engine dragster.
Attached photos courtesy of Jesse Fleming: 1. Michael Daniels driving in Saturday’s Ford Focus Midget race; 2. Shaw Price celebrates his Maverik Modified win; 3. A Jet Car exhibition prepares to fire off the starting line Saturday night; 4. Stuntman Mr. Dizzy executes his school bus jump Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.