May 27, 2016
WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ It’s not a party until someone breaks out the racing fuel … or better yet, the nitro.
In keeping with its tradition of major Memorial Day weekend events, Rocky Mountain Raceways is set to unleash a couple of racing-fueled competitions on the Young Kia Drag Strip as well as the America First Credit Union Super Oval.
The action will get started on Saturday with Rumble in the Rockies, a massive drag racing event that will feature four nitro-burning Funny Cars, two nitro-fueled rear engine dragsters, six fuel-altered drag cars and two Transformer fuel-altered cars. Plus there will be Stre
et Eliminator, Pro, Super Pro, Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman, Performance Place Top Dragster and Jr. Dragsters.
Among the big-name entries are Utah-based racers “Utah Charger,” a rear-engine dragster and “Bad Manners,” a Nitro Funny Car. Also on hand will be “Witch Doctor” and “Heatseeker,” two well-known Transformer fuel-altered cars.
Gates open at noon Saturday, with racing scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Feature cars are slated to run at 6:30 and 9 p.m.
The racing action will shift from the drag strip to the oval for Monday’s Memorial Day event: the Orchex Western Sprintcar Series “King of the Wing” 30-lap race. In addition, the AFCU Super Oval will sizzle with Somers Auto Wrecking Hornets, Midgets, 4-Bangers and Mini Cups.
Gates open at 3 p.m., qualifying starts at 4 p.m., heat races at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m. and features races will follow.
Monday is also Military Appreciation Night at RMR. All veterans and active-duty military personnel will be admitted free with ID. Accompanying family will receive half-price admittance.
WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Johnny Pierre withstood a relentless challenge from the Newhouse family in a 75-lap Pro Race Truck event Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.
The race was part of RMR’s North American Big Rig Shootout on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.
Driving his No. 28 race truck, Pierre beat Mason Newhouse by less than a second to take the checkered flag. It was Pierre’s second straight victory on the AFCU Super Oval. He also won in August of 2015.
As it turned out, Pierre was the only finisher in the top 4 not named Newhouse. Mason Newhouse took second place, his sister Hanna Newhouse took third and father John Newhouse finished in fourth.
In other action Saturday, Lonnie Grzech drove his No. 12 big rig diesel truck to a victory in a highly entertaining 30-lap chase that featured 10 semi trucks on the 3/8-mile AFCU Super Oval. Grzech began the race in the No. 2 position and held back until he took over for good on lap 21.
Cory Riplinger finished second, less than a second behind Grzech. Ron Singer was the third place finisher and Glen Creed took fourth
Two-time defending champion Tim Farhner drover his No. 13 car to victory in the K1 Speed Super Stock class event. Farhner outlasted Corey Walker, who finished second, and Al Jones, who took third.
In the Tucker Towing Double-Decker race, the Green Lantern car t
ook the checkered flag, topping the Jimmy John Freaky Fast car and the Roll Over.