Hot racing action planned this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceways

As the month of July heats up in and around the Salt Lake valley, Rocky Mountain Raceways continues its efforts to heat up its three racing venues.

With a week still remaining before Horsepower Heaven fires up, RMR hasn’t cooled off. There is a strong schedule in place for July 15 and 16.

Summit ET drag racing is set for Friday, July 15.

Summit ET drag racing is set for Friday, July 15 on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

The spotlighted event will take place on Saturday, when the America First Credit Union Super Oval rumbles to life with RMR Oval Racing Series action. The racing that day will feature Shoq Wave Late Models as well as the University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars, Midgets, Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets and the Brandon Park Roofing Figure-8 Trains.

Gates open at 4 PM., qualifying starts at 5, heat races will go off at 6 and the features will get going at approximately 7:30.

On Friday, the Young Kia Drag Strip will be the site for Summit ET racing, with the added attraction of Fastlane Machine Top Sportsman and Performance Place Top Dragsters.

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The Shoq Wave Late Models will be in Action on the America First Credit Union Super Oval this Saturday, July 16.

There will also be an open practice on the MX track and Quarter Midget racing on the oval scheduled for Friday night. Jr. Dragster Racing Series action will get underway Saturday morning beginning at 9 AM

Looking ahead, one of RMR’s biggest events of the season, Horsepower Heaven, will take place on July 23. The event will feature racing on both the AFCU Super Oval and the Young Kia Drag Strip, plus post-race fireworks.

Daughter tops daddy in Pro Race Trucks family affair on AFCU Super Oval

WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Hannah Newhouse probably wasn’t grounded for what she did Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways, but the record will show that she did, in fact, run away from him.

Hannah, a Boise State University sophomore, won the 75-lap Pro Race Trucks competition on RMR’s America First Credit Union Super Oval, edging her father, John, in a hotly contested race.

Hannah Newhouse's No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday's practice.

Hannah Newhouse’s No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday’s practice.

Starting in the No. 8 position, Hannah Newhouse jumped three spots on the first lap. By the fourth lap she was already in third place. She briefly moved into second, but fell out. She climbed back into the No. 2 spot on lap 19, trailing only her father.

The two stayed that way for the next 17 laps until Hannah made a nifty move to get around her father on lap 36. And for a time, the Newhouse family dominated the top three spots. Hanna led the way, John was right behind her and brother, Mason, was in third.

The Newhouses went 1-2-3 for the next 44 laps until Mason went to the pits with motor issues.

Although her father was applying pressure in the final laps, Hannah held him off for her second consecutive victory.

John Newhouse finished second and Drew Reitsma took third.

Earlier in the season, the Newhouses finished 2-3-4 in a Pro Race Truck event on the AFCU Super Oval.

In other action on Saturday, Shawn Price won the 40-lap Maverik Modifieds race, besting Michael Haddenham and Nick Parker.

Skylar Sevey outlasted Donny Sevey and Kevin Neff in the 20-lap Mini Cups competition. Blaze Tucker won the 20-lap Jr. Stingers race, besting Chaz Groat and Karnee McCoy.

And in the Tucker Towing Double Decker race, All Powelled up took the checkered flag ahead of Jimmy John Freaky Fast and Hit N Run.

Up next at RMR, there will be Summit ET Series drag racing on July 15 and another Oval Racing Series competition on July 16.

Bryan Warf proves himself with checkered flag in Copper Cup Classic

Bryan Warf returned to Rocky Mountain Raceways and the Copper Cup Classic on Saturday, this time winning the prize he seemed destined to win a year ago.

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Following Saturday’s Super Modified race, Bryan Warf poses with the Copper Cup trophy along with Rockette and Sydney Tyacke, Miss Utah Nationwide 2016.

Warf, who won a Sprint Car race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval on May 30, dominated the 40-lap Copper Cup race, taking the lead on the first lap and powering his No. 91 Super Modified to the checkered flag without ever getting passed.  He hit a top speed of 106 mph and his best lap on the 3/8 mile oval was a sizzling 12.626 seconds.

In qualifying, Warf set two RMR track records: he hit a top speed of 108.941 mph, and recorded a 12.392 second lap time.

If it seemed like Warf raced like he had something to prove, it’s because he did.

In 2015, the Meridian, Idaho resident fired out in front of the pack just as he did on Saturday.  However, last year’s race had a shocking finish.  Coming around turn one on the final lap, Warf’s motor betrayed him, conking out with the end in sight.  Jim Birgis, who had been trailing Warf on the final lap, cruised in for the victory.

This time Warf would not be denied the big Copper Cup trophy, although it’s a good bet he held his breath as he drove around the final lap.DSC_2663

Luke Johnson finished second, Joey Payne came across in third and Rich Castor Jr. took fourth.

In other action on Saturday, Mel Andrus won the 25-lap University Federal Credit Union Winged Sprint race, hitting a top speed of 99 mph.  Lonnie Adamson finished in second place and Nick Pepe took third.

Stacy Jensen won the 20-lap Crate Sprints race, besting Bob Massie, who took second place, and Don Massie finished third.

In the 20-lap Midget race, Michael Daniels took the checkered flag followed by second-place finisher Jeff Kelley and Chuck Groat, who came across in third place.

The Plum Crazy car won the 10-lap Brandon Park Roofing F-8 Trains race, finishing ahead of Zombie Slayer and Shake, Rattle N Roll.

Up next at RMR is a July 9 Oval Series event that will feature Pro Race Trucks, Maverik Modifieds, Mini Cups, Jr. Stingers and Tucker Towing Double Deckers.