Local racers fare well at Rocky Mountain Raceways

9/29/2013


DIVISION 7
Rocky Mountain Raceways
West Valley City, Utah, Sept. 27-29, 2013 

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central


Sunday

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah   More than 6,000 fans witnessed some of the fastest drag racing the state of Utah has ever seen at Rocky Mountain Raceways' Night of Fire Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event this past weekend.  In addition to the annual jet car show, fans watched drag racers from across the west coast go head to head for NHRA divisional and national points.

Alan Ellis, from Mapleton, Utah, bested Jeff Lane, from North Bend, Wash., for the Competition Eliminator event win in 6.761 seconds at 197.41 mph.  Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, claimed the Top Sportsman event trophy over fellow Utah racer Flip Payne out of Taylorsville.  Olpin went 7.671 at 179.85 to Payne's quicker 7.135, 83.52. 

Ryan Kruger, from Murray, Utah, secured the win in the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson taking out Craig Jensen on his '09 Kawasaki.

 "One of our largest crowds of the season was treated to more than 300 of the coolest race cars from throughout the country.  We are so appreciative of all of the racers that traveled from both near and far to be with us. This is the biggest drag race we have held in a number of years at our facility. Congratulations to all of our worthy event winners," says Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways General Manager.

Joining the list of winners was Jim Rau, Sacramento, Calif., in Super Stock knocking out Les Norton, South Jordan, Utah;  Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., beat Doug Lambeck in Stock; George Garbiso, Las Vegas, defeated Mike Hiatt in Super Comp; Rick Beckstrom, Novato, Calif., held on to beat Robert Naber in Super Gas;  Michael Blodgett, Long Beach, Calif., won when Brad Vinje left early in Super Street; and Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, downed Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, in Top Dragster.

Pacific Division racers head to Las Vegas for the JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals, Oct. 11-13.  Rocky Mountain Raceways final drag event of the year will be the Young Subaru Midnight Drag Bash with Utah's Fast Fifteen on Friday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division Night of Fire at Rocky Mountain Raceway:

COMP
Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23  roadster, A/AA, 6.761, 197.41  def.
Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '10 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.538, 149.82.

SUPER STOCK
Jim Rau, Sacramento, Calif., '95 Mustang, GT/JA, 10.987, 114.14  def.
Les Norton, South Jordan, Utah, '10 Challenger, SS/FA, 10.375, 122.74.

STOCK
Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '70 Camaro, D/SA, 17.907, 60.00  def.
Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '69 Camaro, A/SA, broke.

SUPER COMP
George Garbiso, Las Vegas, Nev., dragster, 9.357, 163.66  def.
Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., dragster, 9.327, 162.89.

SUPER GAS
Rick Beckstrom, Novato, Calif., '03 Grand Am, 10.339, 161.11  def.
Robert Naber, Ontario, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.316, 154.13.

SUPER STREET
Mike Blodgett Jr., Long Beach, Calif., '72 Vega, 11.343, 131.06  def.
Brad Vinje, Langley, B.C., '68 Camaro, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.671, 179.85  def.
Flip Payne, Taylorsville, Utah, '63 Corvette, 7.135, 183.52.

TOP DRAGSTER
Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, Nev., dragster, 7.671, 174.62  def.
Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, dragster, 7.058, 190.79.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Ryan Kruger, Murray, Utah, '09 Kawasaki, 10.215, 130.51  def.
Craig Jensen, Chubback, Idaho, '01 Polaris, 9.799, 126.93.



Saturday

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah NHRA Pacific division racers kicked off today for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Night of Fire at Rocky Mountain Raceways and the second to last event for the Pacific division 2013 season.

Racers took to the track for qualifying and time trials with Comp Eliminator, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes making three qualifying pass and setting their fields for Sunday's eliminations as did the remaining classes in the series.  Ending the evening's action was the Night of Fire show featuring eight jet cars and a wheel stander.

Racing resumes on Sunday at 9 a.m. with round one of eliminations.  Gates open at 8:30 a.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, children 5-12 are just $5 and kids 4 and under are free with a paid adult.  For more information please call Rocky Mountain Raceway, (801) 252-9557 or visit www.rmrracing.com.com.

The following are Saturday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Night of Fire at Rocky Mountain Raceways:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Mike DePalma, Glendale, Ariz., '89 Trans AM, I/SM, 9.264 seconds, -0.706 (under index)
2) Randy Jones, Monarch Beach, Calif., '92 Camaro, I/SMA, 9.391, -0.699
3) Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '07 Sunfire, D/SMA, 8.670, -0.690
4) Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '10 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.456, -0.674
5) Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23 roadster, A/AA, 6.757, -0.653
6) Ralph Van Paepeghem, Garden Valley, Idaho, '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.528, -0.652
7) Scott Parks, Burlingame, Kan., dragster, A/ND, 7.120, -0.610
8) Lou Ficco Jr., Wheat Ridge, Colo., '09 GXP, B/AA, 7.316, -0.574
9) Dale Giroux, Canyon Creek, Alb., '04 Cavalier, B/AA, 7.423, -0.467
10) Randy Goff, Las Vegas, Nev., '05 Cavalier, A/SMA, 8.625, -0.295

SUPER STOCK
1) Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo., '74 LeMans, GT/MA, 11.247 seconds, -1.033 (under index)
2) Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '10 Cobalt, SS/CM, 8.966, -0.964
3) Jim Rau, Sacramento, Calif., '95 Mustang, GT/JA, 10.902, -0.908
4) Cody Lane, North Bend, Wash., '05 Cavalier, SS/BS, 9.197, -0.893
5) Keith Lynch, Franklin, Ohio, '10 Challenger, SS/IA, 10.319, -0.871
6) Ken Etter, Riverside, Calif., '93 Shadow, GT/HA, 10.739, -0.811
7) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '97 Firebird, GT/DA, 10.184, -0.796
8) Rich Scrivner, Caldwell, Idaho, '57 Chevy, SS/LA, 11.216, -0.754
9) Brad Rounds, Reno, Nev., '02 S-10, SS/TB, 9.666, -0.734
10) Ross Davison, Idaho Falls, Idaho, '87 Camaro, GT/KA, 11.262, -0.708

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Vince Porter, Napa, Calif., '12 Camaro, AA/SA, 9.331 seconds, -1.119 (under index)
2) Scott Burton, Golden, Colo., '70 Firebird, B/SA, 10.764, -0.996
3) Leo Glasbrenner, Chino, Calif., '68 Firebird, C/SA, 10.989, -0.931
4) Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.586, -0.914
5) Earl Blake, Las Vegas, Nev., '68 Barracuda, F/SA, 11.488, -0.902
6) Jon Percy, Pocatello, Idaho, '64 Savoy, CC/SA, 10.202, -0.878
7) Michael Brand II, Thornton, Colo., '73 Firebird, G/SA, 11.715, -0.825
8) John Cooper, LaPorte, Colo., '67 Fairlane, A/SA, 10.686, -0.814
9) Jim Hughes, Grand Junction, Colo., '70 Nova, D/S, 11.213, -0.807
10) Mike Coe, Grand Junction, Colo., '73 Dart, G/S, 11.634, -0.806

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Flip Payne, Taylorsville, Utah, '63 Corvette, 7.114 seconds, 193.84 mph
2) Doug Watts, Syracuse, Utah, '08 GTO, 7.116, 191.04
3) Rod Leclaire, Victoria, B.C., '67 Camaro, 7.208, 189.67
4) Brad Wagner, Las Vegas, Nev., '97 Cutlass, 7.228, 193.09
5) Gary Forkner, Temecula, Calif., '12 Camaro, 7.358, 187.73
6) Ken Ratzloff, Idaho Falls, Idaho, '53 Studebaker, 7.545, 183.59
7) Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.622, 181.23
8) Roger Hall, Las Vegas, Nev., '63 Corvette, 7.739, 178.99
9) Steve Downs, Edgewood, Wash., '01 S-10, 7.812, 173.51
10) Shawn Corbitt, Rock Springs, Wyo., '96 Firebird, 7.904, 170.16

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Lyle Burnham, Henderson, Nev., dragster, 6.442 seconds, 209.98 mph
2) Barbara Burt, Laramie, Wyo., dragster, 6.848, 197.88
3) George Slatten, Santa Fe, N.M., dragster, 6.889, 192.06
4) Dave Slatten, Ft. Collins, Colo., dragster, 6.896, 194.76
5) Robert Ross, Pueblo, Colo., dragster, 6.898, 196.72
6) Anita Pulliam, Grand Junction, Colo., dragster, 6.915, 196.76
7) Paul Russell, Laguna Hills, Calif., dragster, 6.991, 194.72
8) Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, dragster, 6.994, 193.50
9) Geneva Nash, Visalia, Calif., dragster, 7.129, 189.79
10) Steve Cook, Rexburg, Idaho, dragster, 7.131, 187.26

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
1) Kirk Walton, Salt Lake City, Utah, '12 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.001 seconds reaction time
2) Mike Gragun, Sandy, Utah, '79 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.009
3) Denny Alves, El Cerrito, Calif., '83 Suzuki, SMC, 0.012
4) Rick Newport, Bluffdale, Utah, '95 Suzuki, SMC, 0.018
5) Craig Jensen, Chubback, Idaho, '01 Polaris, SMC, 0.025
6) Don Nielsen, West Jordan, Utah, '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.025
7) Larry Mota, Orem, Utah, '09 Suzuki, SMC, 0.028
8) Ryan Kruger, Murray, Utah, '09 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.030
9) Ron Alves, Colusa, Calif., '78 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.035
10) Jay Thompson, Whittman, Ariz., '73 Kawasaki, SMC, 0.041


Preview

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways on Sept. 27-29, 2013 for their Night of Fire. The event is six of seven events in the Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division and one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. The event will feature drivers in nine categories including Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, as well as the Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson.

Additionally, then Night of Fire Jet Car exhibition will take place on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. and twice on Saturday at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.  The Wheel Standing Fire Truck of Ed Jones will also be on hand for the Night of Fire.

Gates open at noon on Friday with a test and tune session for the Lucas classes along with a gamblers race and Fastlane Machine Extreme Outlaw and Performance Place Extreme Dragster qualifying at 8 p.m. followed by a Jet Car exhibition at 9:30 p.m. to end the night's activities.  Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lucas Oil Series qualifying and time trials start Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify on Saturday, at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.  Fastlane Machine Extreme Outlaw and Performance Place Extreme Dragster qualifying at noon and 3 p.m. with Round 1 set for 6 p.m.  Jet Cars run at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.  Eliminations resume Sunday at 9 a.m.

Tickets for Rocky Mountain Raceway are $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Children 5-12 are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday and $5 Sunday and children 4 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

The Rocky Mountain Raceway is located at 6555 West 2100 South in West Valley City, Utah.  For more information call the track, (801) 252-9557, or visit www.rmrracing.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES ARRIVES FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS' NIGHT OF FIRE

WHAT: Night of Fire-NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

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

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, September 27-29

SCHEDULE: Friday, Sept. 27 - Gates open at noon. Test and Tune from 3 9:30 p.m. Electronics/Non-Electronics Gambler race at 6 p.m. Fastlane Machine Extreme Outlaw and Performance Place Extreme Dragster qualifying at 8 p.m. Jet Car exhibition at 9:30 p.m.  

Saturday, Sept. 28 - Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Qualifying and time trials begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator, and Top Sportsman qualifying sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Fastlane Machine Extreme Outlaw and Performance Place Extreme Dragster qualifying at noon and 3 p.m. with Round 1 set for 6 p.m. Jet Car exhibitions at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

 Sunday, Sept. 29 - Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

TICKETS: Friday (Adults are $10, Youth (5-12) are $5,) Saturday (Adults $20/ Youth (5-12) $10,) Sunday (Adults are $10, Youth (5-12) are $5.) Kids four and under are free with a paid adult.

WHY: West Valley City, Utah-September 24, 2013. "We will have 8 of the most popular Jet cars on property along with Ed Jones' Wheel Standing Fire Truck for the Night of Fire event. Running in conjunction with our traditional event, we will have some of the most beautifully prepared vehicles in the world of NHRA Drag Racing here at RMR for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The pits will be open to the public to see these great vehicles," says Ron Craft, Rocky Mountain Raceways Drag Strip Manager.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways on Sept. 27-29, 2013. The event is six of seven events in the Lucas Oil Series Pacific Division and one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. The event will feature drivers in nine categories including Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, as well as the Pacific Division Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series and Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson.

"I am thrilled beyond words to have a NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Event back at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Having this event towards the end of the NHRA season means that racers who perform well at our facility will be that much closer in their quest for both Divisional and National Championships," says Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways General Manager.

"It will be a great event with drag racers from across the west coast and Canada, as well as many locals who will be here to secure their spot in their respective class for their Division Championship chase," says Craft.


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