TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The tentative Intermountain Pro Truck schedule will feature ten point races in 2012. The season is set to open at Magic Valley Speedway on April 28th. The Pro Trucks will be the featured division of the night running a 50 lap main event.
After a week off the Pro Trucks will head for Rocky Mountain Raceway just out side of Salt Lake City to be a part of the first ever night of racing that will feature the oval and the drag strip running on the same night. “We’re doing it because we can,” said Mike Eames of Rocky Mountain Raceway. Actually, it is a way to expose new fans to both the oval and drag racing side of what we do. Eames felt the trucks would bring a unique visual for the drag race fans. “It’s really cool to be asked to be a part of some thing so special, you never know I might have to watch those cars that don’t turn left before the night is over”, said series promoter Randy Kerr.
After a three week Spring Break the Pro Trucks will return to action at Magic Valley Speedway on June 9th for Sponsor and Supporter Appreciation. Promoter Eddy McKean said, “I’m still working out the details but, I will have some type of discount available to the competitor and series sponsors”
Race number four comes on June 23rd as the trucks make the first of two appearances in 2012 at Meridian Speedway. The smallest of the tracks the Pro Trucks compete on it always challenges the drivers. Some of the tightest racing of 2011 came at the fast bullring. Defending Champion and Track Record Holder Jerry Rice says, “I love racing there it’s just fun, I don’t know why but I love it”.
July 7th will be the only night in 2012 where fans will be treated to the Intermountain Pro Trucks and the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. Last season all of the Pro Truck events at Rocky Mountain Raceway were partnered with the Challenge series.
The only Double Main will be held at Magic Valley Speedway. “It’s a great way to kick off the second half of the season. With a ten race season we wanted to do something for the first race of the second half”, said Kerr. The night will feature two forty lap main events. The first qualifying lap will be used for the first main event and the second lap will set the field for the second.
Monster Trucks will headline Rocky Mountain Raceway on August 11th and it seemed like a logical fit to partner the Pro Trucks with the Monster Trucks. This is one of the biggest events of the year at Rocky Mountain Raceway and it will be a great opportunity to expose some new fans to Pro Truck racing.
August 25th will mark the second and final appearance of 2012 for the Pro Trucks at Meridian Speedway. “I’ve got some big plans for this one, we have some real truck fans here at Meridian and this one is going to be awesome”, said Adam Nelson of Meridian Speedway.
The Pro Trucks have extended an offer to the Southwest Tour Trucks for an open event and Rocky Mountain Raceway has agreed to host the event. This will be a point race for the Pro Trucks but will allow any Southwest truck to come and race under the rule package they race under. The event will offer some challenges in these economical times but with proper scheduling and the desire to have fun should make this a successful event. Eames has agreed to run a segmented race with up to 100 total main event laps. Kerr says “The complete details are still being worked out but I’m confident we can pull this together, I’m not thinking someone would come this far for a 40 or 50 lap race and if they need to make a bunch of changes they will not come. I think we have opened this up to allow this to be as affordable as we can and with a hundred laps I’d think it will be worth the drive. It’s really crazy not to do this, the Late Model cars across the west have enough differences in the rules it makes it hard to try it. For us we’re so close it seems like a no brainer. If we find out one side or the other has an advantage we’ll try to fix that for 2013.”
The 2012 Champion will be crowned on September 22nd as the regular season closes for the Pro Trucks at Magic Valley Speedway.
It looks like we the Pro Trucks may be invited to compete in a post-season event at the Las Vegas Bullring running with the Southwest Tour Trucks. The series officials from the Southwest tour will release details as they become available.
2012 Intermountain Pro Truck Schedule
(Released December 31, 2011)
(Subject to change)
1. Season Opener April 28th 2012 Magic Valley Speedway
The racing season Begins
May 5th 2012 Week off
2. Oval and Drags May 12th 2012 Rocky Mountain Raceway
The Oval and Drag Strip both running at the same time
May 19th 2012 “IPT Spring Break” begins
May 26th 2012 Memorial Day No races
June 6th 2012 Last week of break
3. Sponsor Appreciation June 9th 2012 Magic Valley Speedway
Special pricing for your supporters and sponsors
June 16th 2012 Week Off
4. Meridian Madness June 23rd 2012 Meridian Speedway
Always wild and always fun
June 30th 2012 Week Off
5. Halfway Home July 7th 2012 Rocky Mountain Raceway
Completing the first half of the 2012 race season
July 14th 2012 Week Off
6. Double Main Event July 21st 2012 Magic Valley Speedway
Not one but 2 40 Lap Main Events full points for each race
July 28th 2012 2 Weeks Off
August 4th 2012 Off
7. Trucks & Monster Trucks August 11th 2012 Rocky Mountain Raceway
Monster Trucks and Pro Trucks scheduled to appeal to the true TRUCK fans
August 18th 2012 Week Off
8. Return To Meridian August 25th 2012 Meridian Speedway
Back to the “Bull Ring” for round 2
September 1st 2012 Off Labor Day
9. 2012 Invitational September 8th 2012 Rocky Mountain Raceway
An open invite to the SW Tour Trucks up to 100 LAPS!
September 15th 2012 Week Off
10. Season Championship September 22nd 2012 Magic Valley Speedway
A Champion will be crowned as we wrap up the regular season