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Joe’s Trophies and Gifts’ Champion’s Corner-Tyler Whetstone

Joe's Trophies and Gifts ChampionCorner-Tyler Whetstone

Joe’s Trophies and Gift’s Champion’s Corner

Name: Tyler Whetstone

Class: Maverik Modifieds

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Sponsors: Certified Automotive, United Fence, Victor’s Tires 

What are your thoughts on the 2013 season?

Overall, I thought the 2013 season went pretty good. I saw some positive things done with the officiating. For example, it seemed like when the rules were blatantly broken, there was a penalty enforced this year, which in years past there has been lack of enforcement. On the other hand, I feel like there was a lack of tech before and after the races, which I believe was noticed by the racers. It was also nice to see the crowd attendance up for 2013, but I feel like the car counts were down.

What was the highlight of your 2013 racing season?

Obviously besides winning the championship, the highlight of my season was capturing fast time for qualifying 6 times.

Did any one event or person change the outcome of your season?

Not Really. I believe the outcome of the season was due to consistency, patience, a knowledgeable and dedicated crew, and racers luck.

What will you be doing in the off season?

Trying to find something to do! There’s no racing, and it’s too cold to go camping. . . So I will probably tinker on the car and watch football.

What do you hope to accomplish next season?

I would like to defend my championship. But mainly just come out and try to win races and have fun doing it.

Special Thanks to: 

I would like to thank my dad (Keith Whetstone), my friend and crew guy (Anselmo Castro), my mom (Pam Ludwig), my lucky charm (Amy Luttmer), and my biggest fan and daughter (Rylie Rae Whetstone). Also I would like to thank Certified Automotive, United Fence, Victor Tires, Crazy Car Ads, and Creative Resource and Design


00 Tyler Whetstone Points- 990 Quick Time-6  Wins- 0 Top 5-10 Top 10-12

Utah Motorsports Foundation and Steadman’s Recreation Bike Winner

Steadman's Bike Winner

Congratulations to Brian Penrod! He won the Yamaha YZ85 from Steadman’s.

We want to say thank you to all of the supporters who purchased a raffle ticket for the Utah Motorsports Foundation fundraiser! Brian Penrod was the lucky winner of a new Yamaha YZ85, $500 in gear from Steadman’s, and a 2014 RMR Membership.

The Utah Motorsports Foundation offers assistance and financial relief to the Motorsports Community Families, when the need arises.Through terminal illness, accident or related family tragedies. The Utah Motorsports Foundation will be hosting their 15th Annual Night Out and Benefit Auction on November 16, 2013 at Club 90.

Utah Motorsports Foundation and Steadman's Bike Giveaway

The lucky winner was selected on Saturday, October 12 during the Ulimate Moto Challenge.



Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series-For Beginners



Indexes are set by NHRA, but in two of the categories, Super Stock and Stock, a racer may choose his own index as long as the new number is not slower than NHRA’s index.  During qualifying rounds, racers in these classes try to figure out the best index for the prevailing track and weather conditions.

Sometimes in these classes, it appears that one driver gets a head-start but it’s not a head-start, really.  To make a better race, NHRA has determined a time that each of the classes of cars in Super Stock and Stock should run.  For example, a 1978 Chevy truck won’t run as quick as a 1965 Mustang but with the indexes the truck can run competitively against the Mustang.

If the truck’s index is 11.50 seconds and the Mustang’s is 9.00, the truck would get a green light 2.50 seconds before the Mustang.  The driver who gets the closest to his own index, without going too quick, wins.  If the Mustang gets to the finish line in 9.50 seconds and the truck got there in 11.60 seconds, the truck would win because there was only a .10-second difference between his index and his actual time, and there was a .50-second difference for the Mustang.


In these four categories, the NHRA’s established indexes may not be changed.  The index for Comp Eliminator depends on the type of engine in the car; the index for Super Comp is 8.90 seconds; Super Gas is 9.90 seconds; and Super Street is 10.90 seconds.  Competitors in the Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street classes do not make qualifying runs, but run time trials in order to become consistent for eliminations.  NHRA may adjust the indexes depending on the altitude of the track.


In the other six classes, racers are competing not only against each other, but also against the clock and themselves.  For each of the categories NHRA has established time “indexes” based on the horsepower and weight of the car.

The object is to get as close to your index as possible without going too quick.  For example, if the index is 10.10 seconds, 10.00 seconds is too quick.  That’s called a “break out” and you lose.  You can also lose if the racer in the next lane gets closer to his index than you get to yours.