BOISE, Idaho — Rocky Mountain Raceways located outside Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the West's marquee racing facilities. The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series has delighted area fans with a unique brand of racing since the series started five years ago and returns to the regions premier stage for the NAPA Auto Parts sponsored event. The NAPA Auto Parts "125" has become a fan favorite for area race fans and the competitors of the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series.
Thane Alderman of Las Vegas, NV is the most recent winner on the tour picking up the victory at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, ID earlier this month. "I really thought my first series win would come at RMR," Alderman said. "Maybe this weekend I can get my second victory. I love racing at RMR and our series always puts on a great show."
Current point leader and 2006 series champion Dave Minegar of Boise, Idaho won two of the three series races staged at RMR last season and is looking for win number three of the season as he chases his second series title.
"We have really done well at RMR," Minegar said. "It is such a fun track to drive. It is the kind of track we drivers just love. We were disappointed that we lost two races ealier this year at the track and I can''t wait for the NAPA "125".
Minegar knows a little something about getting around the racetrack as he is the series all-time Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award winner with 19 career fast times with five awards coming this season. Local standout Hardy holds the track record set back in May of 2006 with a quick lap of 14.944 seconds/90.334 mph.
James Eaton of West Valley, Utah has four career victories at RMR along with fan favorite Zan Sharp of Wellsville who has two career victories at the 3/8-mile speedplant. Local legend Lynn Hardy has seen victory lane twice at RMR in RMCS competition.
Dan Koyle holds a six-point margin over Steve Jones with only two races to go in the season as they battle a talented group of A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year competitors. Other rookie competitors include: TJ Woodall, Shane Thompson, Mitch Dickinson, Travis Monett, David Peterson, Dylan Caldwell, Nathan Olsen, and Eric Rhead.
Minegar holds a 112-point advantage over defending series champion John Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho after seven events. Minegar's teammate Craig Bell is just six points behind Newhouse with Thane Alderman only eleven points behind Bell. Bobby Latham III of Twin Falls rounds out the top five and is the most recent winner at RMR winning back in July.
The drivers will have an added incentive for the event as the ESI Hotshoe Challenge Bonus is up to $1200 for the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the race. Also, series sponsor CarbonX will have many of its employees and customers in attendance for this classic late summer event.
The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race putting fast time in the 20th starting position. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is a lot of passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes along with finishing position points for the race. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards for each event including: The ESI Hotshoe Award paying $400 (the award rolls over if not won and for this event it is up to $1200) to the driver who sets fast time and goes on to win the race. The CarbonX Lap Leader Bonus paying $5 for every green flag lap led. Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award pays $100 for setting fast time. The Thompson Motorsports Halfway Challenge pays $100 to the driver leading at halfway of each event; and the Thompson Motorsports Performance Improvement Award pays the driver $200 who improves the most positions over the previous event.
The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is proud to recognize its corporate marketing partners: CarbonX, Hoosier Racing Tire, Thompson Motorsports, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Frank's Racing Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd's Performance and Dyno, Joe's Racing Products, and PPG Paint.
The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a regional touring series that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West. The motto of the series is to "Race Hard and Have Fun!"