And down the stretch they come, RMR Oval Championships ready to run

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Maverik Modifieds on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

As summer downshifts into fall here at Rocky Mountain Raceways, we are excited to wrap up our 20th anniversary season with the RMR Oval Championships, a two-night event that will put a fine point on the 2016 point standings.

This year’s event will take place over consecutive Saturdays on the America First Credit Union Super Oval; Night 1 Oct. 1, and Nigh 2 on Oct. 8. Saturday’s event, presented by Promotional Products Unlimited, will feature six racing classes:  Maverik Modifieds, K1 Speed Super Stocks, Mini Cups, Pro 4 Bangers, Jr. Stingers and Brandon Park Roofing Trains.

Night 2 will feature five classes: Shoq Wave Late Models, University Federal Credit Union Sprints, Midgets, Sommer’s Auto Wrecking Hornets and Tucker Towing Double Deckers.

Going into the University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars in action.ships, some of the point standing leaders have comfortable leads.  The most glaring example of this is in the K1 Speed Super Stocks, where two-time reigning champion Tim Fahrner has a lead of over 100 points.  By comparison, however, the space between first and second place in other classes is minuscule.  For example, in the Shoq Wave Late Models, veteran racers Lynn Hardy and Jimmy Waters are separated by only two points.

Tonight’s Maverik Modified race will pit leader and two-time defending champion Mark Ith Jr. vs. Hardy.  Ith Jr. has a good lead – 35 points – but it is not insurmountable if Hardy puts together a strong race.

Another race to keep an eye on is in the Mini Cups class, where Donny Sevey leads his son, Skylar, by just six points.  And sitting in third is Kevin Neff, who sits just eight points away from the top spot.

2016 Awards Banquet Dates

2016 Awards Banquet Dates

Mini MX Summer Series – Thursday November 3
Motocross – Friday November 18
Drag Strip – Friday December 2
Oval Track – Saturday January 21
Quarter Midgets – TBD (will update soon)

*All Banquets will be held in the RMR Convention Center.
Times are TBD and will be posted on the Website Schedule as soon as possible.
Invitations will be mailed as the events get closer.

Waters and his lucky charm take two checkered flags on AFCU Super Oval

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Jimmy Waters’ No. 24 Late Model is taking the checkered flag.

WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ On a night when he hosted a young boy who is battling a rare genetic disorder, veteran racecar driver Jimmy Waters came away with two victories Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

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Travis Carpenter waves the checkered flag during Saturday’s RMR Oval Racing Series event.

Waters asked 9-year-old Travis Carpenter, who suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, or simply NF1, to be his honorary crew chief for Saturday’s race.  Travis, a huge racing fan whose dream is to be a NASCAR crew chief, was only too happy to help Water’s team; and he must’ve been a good luck charm because Waters took the checkered flag in the Shoqwave Late Models competition as well as in the Maverik Modifieds race.

Waters went wire to wire in the 40-lap Modified race that proved to be one of the cleanest races this season.  There were no wrecks or slow downs of any kind, which seemed to help Waters, whose No. 24 car was on point and running smoothly.

Waters finished ahead Tyler Whetstone, who took second, and Michael Haddenham.

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The Tucker Towing Double Decker “All Powell’d Up” on the track during Saturday’s event.

As for the Late Model race, Waters didn’t start on the pole, but instead took off from the No. 4 spot.  He began moving right away and soon worked his way to the lead, which is where he stayed.

Waters hit a top speed of nearly 89 miles per hour on the 3/8-mile America First Credit Union Super Oval.

Lynn Hardy took second in the Late Model competition and Eric Rhead came across third.

In other action Saturday, Adam Warner won the 10-lap Summer’s Auto Wrecking Hornets race. He crossed ahead of Jeremy White and Tyler Green.

The Mini Cup race featured 14 cars, but it was Skylar Sevey’s No. 84 car that took the checkered flag.  Kevin Neff earned second place and Levi Rider came across third.