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/

Andrus races UFCU Sprint Car to checkered flag in July 30 Oval Racing Series event

Veteran racer Mel Andrus didn’t record the fastest speed during Saturday night’s University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car contest at Rocky Mountain Raceways, but he still managed to take the checkered flag thanks to patience and timing.

Mel Andrus’ No. 3 University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car in action on July 30.

Andrus, who came into Saturday’s race ranked No. 5 in RMR’s UFCU Sprint Car point standings, hit 99.8 miles per hour on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. He took the lead on lap seven and never relinquished it. He drove hard around the oval, grinding out the 25 lap contest ahead of Kyle Bergener, Nick Pepe and Lonnie Adamson, who finished fourth.

Andrus cross the line less than a second ahead of Bergner, who entered the day ranked No. 2 in the point standings.

In other action on the AFCU Super Oval, Chuck Groat maintained his lead in the Midget point standings, winning Saturday’s 20-lap race ahead of Michael Daniels, who finished second, and Jeff Kelley, who t
Mel Andrus’ No. 3 University Federal Credit Union Sprint Car in action on July 30.ook third.

Groat, Daniels and Kelley rank No. 1, 2 and 3 in the point standings.

Kevin Winders earned the victory in a 4-Banger class that had 11 cars make the start. Winders briefly held the lead on laps No. 5 and 6, but didn’t take the lead for good until lap. No. 17 of the 20-lap race.

Mike Sivak took second and Scott Cook came across third.

Jeremy White won the 30-lap Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets race, outlasting Tyler Green and Skyler Douglas.

Finally, in the 10-lap Brandon Park Roofing Figure-8 Trains race, Shake, Rattle N Roll took the flag, well ahead of Plum Crazy and Plum Nutz.

Next Saturday, RMR will host another Oval Racing Series event. The featured classes will be Shoq Wave Late Models, Maverik Modifieds, Mini Cups, 4-bangers and Tucker Towing Double Deckers. Also on tap are a pair of Jr. Drag Racing Series events on the Young Kia Drag Strip (Aug. 3 and 6). The drag strip will also host the Midnight Drags with Salt City Drift, on Friday, Aug. 5.

A motocross race is also scheduled for Aug. 5.

Hot RMR Oval Racing Series action returns to AFCU Super Oval this weekend

University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars in action.

University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars in action during a July 16 race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

With one of the most successful events in the history of the venue now complete, Rocky Mountain Raceways will turn its attention to the America First Credit Union Super Oval this Saturday for an RMR Oval Racing Series event.

In the wake of “Horsepower Heaven,” which featured racing on both the AFCU Super Oval as well as the Young Kia Drag Strip, Team RMR is set for oval racing action that will include University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars, Midgets, 4-Bangers, Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets and Brandon Park Roofing Trains.

Quarter Midgets in action on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

Quarter Midgets in action on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 5, heat races at 6 and features slated to get underway at approximately 7:30.

Also on tap for this weekend, the Young Kia Drag Strip will host Summit ET Series racing on Friday, and a Jr. Drag Racing Series Wally event Saturday morning.

In addition, a Mini MX Summer Race will take place on the motocross track Friday afternoon, and later that evening there will be a Quarter Midget race on the AFCU Super Oval.

A Mini MX rider in action during a May 12 race at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

A Mini MX rider in action during a May 12 race at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Friday’s Summit ET Series event will get underway at approximately 4:30 p.m.; the Mini MX Summer Race will fire up at 6:15 and the Quarter Midget race will get going at 8.

Saturday’s Jr. Dragster Series racing is slated to begin at 9 a.m.