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/


We are now hiring for the following positions…

SAFETY TEAM – Contact: Tom Pyles, Safety Director
EMT-B, Advanced or Paramedic Levels. All new students that have not completed their courses or State exams will still be honored and applications will be taken. Safety Team members are responsible for the safety and basic medical needs of all our staff, racers and spectators on the Oval Track, Drag Strip and Motocross Track. We include on sight training in Medical, Fire Suppression and Extrication. Training will also include classroom knowledge and understanding of several types of fuels as well as many types of cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. Training will be credited for your EMS hours. Airmed Staff will also be available for several credited classes given.

MOTOCROSS TRACK – Contact: Curt Stewart, Motocross Manager
Positions open for Managers Assistant, On Track Flaggers and Scorekeepers.
Managers Assistant responsible for MX facility prep for daily events, keeping signage/banners looking nice, checking lighting, watering track, gate and equipment clean up, event prep as needed for sign ups, event help with flagging and other misc jobs as assigned by manager. Availability during the events and during the week. Must be a fast learner and not afraid to work in the dirt.
On Track Flaggers are responsible for monitoring the bikes on track and watching for safety incidents, cautions, etc. Also responsible for keeping the track watered when needed. Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs, be able to work in the dirt and all weather conditions, as well as be available on event days.
Scorekeepers are responsible for keeping track of the bike numbers as they come across the finish line during a race. Also responsible for keeping track of track cutting, and those who do not complete the course.

OVAL TRACK – Contact: Dan Breach, Oval Track Manager
Positions open for Pit Stewards, Tech and Scorekeepers.

DRAG STRIP STAFF – Contact: Ron Craft, Drag Strip Manager
Positions open for Vehicle Tech, Staging Area Personnel, Timing Shed and Tower Help.

EVENT STAFF – Contact: Scott Green, Event Staff Manager
Responsibilities: Provide the primary level of guest assistance for the facility. Required to have a thorough knowledge of building policies, procedures and event requirements. Provide access control, crowd management and ensure the venue is safe for guests. Provide guests with directions or other venue information. Act upon all comments/complaints in a prompt and friendly manner. Ensure a safe and fun environment for all guests, staff and participants .
Qualifications: 18 years of age or older, Friendly and personable. Excellent customer service skills required! A team player. Must work well with others. Must be available nights and weekends.

TICKETING – Contact: Zeidy Jeffery, Ticketing Manager
Cashiers and Ticket Takers needed. Excellent customer service skills required.

MAINTENANCE – Contact: Bob Carpenter, Facilities & Maintenance Manager at (801) 252-9557
Responsibilities include: Prepping the facility for daily events, collecting garbage after events, keeping the restrooms stocked with paper products, cleaning spills throughout the facility.

CONCESSIONS – Contact: Doug Binstock, Food and Beverage Manager
All positions open: Cooks, Back Line help, Food Prep, Cashiers and Beer Servers.
All Food Service workers are required to have a Food Handlers Permit prior to working. All Beer service employees are required to have a Serve Safe Permit and a WVC Work Card prior to working.

PROMOTION STAFF – Contact: Jim Burton, Marketing Communications Director
The Promotion Team is responsible for Mascot assistance, downtime entertainment, off site promotions and fan interaction. Must be very energetic and dependable.

AUDITING – Contact: Cathy Strickling, Controller



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Rocky Mountain Raceways
6555 West 2100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84128