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.

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/

Rocky Mountain Raceways supersizes with Big Rig Shootout

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WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Supersize it.

Rocky Mountain Raceways will look to go big on Saturday when it welcomes the annual Big Rig Shootout to the America First Credit Union Super Oval.4T1A6326 (2)

The Big Rig Shootout is just as the name suggests. It’s big, thundering semi trucks decked out for the racetrack instead of the open road, battling it out with other ground-pounding se
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It’s definitely not your average oval race, it’s supersized.

These big boys will be on display Saturday night at RMR as part of an exciting night of racing that will also include K1 Speed Super Stocks, Jr. Stingers, Tucker Towing Double4T1A6087 (2)-Deckers and Pro Race Trucks running a 75-lap showdown presented by Sharp Transportation.

Gates open at 4 p.m., with qualifying set for 5 p.m. and heat races at 6 p.m. The main events will get underway at approximately 7:15 p.m.