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

Big Rig schedule

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.

 

Oval Racing Series rumbles on this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceways

Oval schedule for May 14WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ After its 2016 season opener was rained out last weekend, Rocky Mountain Raceways will look to fire up even more action this Friday and Saturday with racing planned for all three of its tracks.

The feature event of the weekend will take place Saturday on the America First Credit Union Super Oval with an Oval Racing Series event. That’s when RMR will debut its new Shoqwave Late Model racing class. In addition, University Federal Credit Union Sprint Cars will be in action along with Midgets, Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets and the always-exciting Brandon Park Roofing Figure 8 Trains.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by qualifying at 5 p.m., heat races at 6 p.m. and then it’s on to the main events, which are slated to begin at approximately 7 p.m.

On Friday, RMR will kick off its drag racing season with a Summit ET Series event on the Young Kia Drag Strip. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m., with racers slated to be on the track at 4:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, RMR’s newly remodeled motocross track will roar to life for its second MX race of the season.

Gates for that event will open at 3 p.m., with riders on the track at 5 p.m. The racing will begin at 6:15 p.m.

As if that schedule isn’t busy enough, there are also three youth events in store this week;  

Beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. there is an Edge Powersports Mini MX Series race on the Motocross Track then on Friday at 7 p.m. there will be a Quarter Midget race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. And on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a Jr. Drag Racing Series event on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

Beginning Friday at 7 p.m. there will be a Quarter Midget race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. And on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a Jr. Drag Racing Series event on the Young Kia Drag Strip.