BOISE, Idaho — The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series returns to Rocky Mountain Raceways located outside Salt Lake City, Utah for the annual Memorial Day “100” at the ultra-fast 3/8-mile paved oval. The event will mark the start of the season for the popular Late Model touring series after rain took round one back on May 2.
Winning at RMR is never easy but a win can make the difference in the championship battle. Zan Sharp of Wellsville, Utah used his win in this event back in 2004 to propel him to the first of his two series titles. Other winners of this event include two-time winner James Eaton and two-time series champion Dave Minegar.
Minegar, the defending series champion, has started all 16 previous races at RMR. To go along with his two victories at RMR, he has eight top five and 12 top ten performances. He only has four finishes outside the top ten and been running at the conclusion of thirteen of the 16 races.
John Dillon from Eagle, Idaho finished second in the standings last season and has scored four top five finishes at RMR and is looking for his first win at the marquee facility. Dillon, a former NASCAR NW tour champion, returns for his second full-time season in 2009 looking to back up a stellar 2008 campaign.
Craig Bell out of Kuna, Idaho is back for his sixth season on the tour and after finishing third in the championship last season is looking for his first series title. Bell has one win and eight top five finishes at RMR since 2004. Bell has started 41 series races with 33 top ten and 26 top five finishes along with three career victories.
Thane Alderman from Las Vegas, NV has found a home in the RMCS and loves competing at RMR. Alderman finished fourth in the championship last season and plans to add to his career totals this weekend which he hopes includes a victory. Alderman has one win and four top five finishes at RMR. Fifteen of Alderman’s 19 career series starts have resulted in top ten finishes.
John Newhouse of Twin Falls, Idaho has had the best finishing position at RMR over the years but is looking for his first win. Newhouse has nine top five performances at RMR to lead all competitors and has a best finish of second twice. He has scored 31 top ten finishes in 40 career series starts. Better than 50% of his starts have resulted in top five performances, including two victories.
Tom Hill of Eagle, Idaho will vacate his seat in the familiar #12 and turn it over to former three-time NASCAR NW Tour champion Jeff Jefferson of Naches, WA for the 2009 campaign. Hill has started 47 career series races with three victories and 31 career top ten performances.
Local standout Lynn Hardy of Salt Lake holds the track record set back in May of 2006 with a quick lap of 14.944 seconds/90.334 mph. Hardy returns to full-time competition in the series this year after making only selected starts the last three seasons.
Other drivers expected to battle on Monday include two-time series champion Zan Sharp of Wellsville, Utah who returns full-time this season. 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year Dan Koyle out of Twin Falls, Idaho who destroyed his primary car prior earlier this month in a test session. Multi-time track champion at Magic Valley Speedway Steve Jones of Boise returns in 2009 and has his sights squarely on a series championship. Other driver’s include Bruce Quale, TJ Woodhall, Dylan Caldwell, Travis Monett, Mitch Dickinson, and Jonathon Gomez.
“We cannot wait to get the season started,” stated Mike Minegar, president of the RMCS. “We were all disappointed losing the event earlier this month but it gave some guys additional time to get their cars ready so I expect a really good field of cars. This event at RMR always brings out a lot of fans and I know our guys will put on a great show.”
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 passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes. 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 the event.
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!” For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com