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Rocky Mountain Raceways Memorial Day Event on Tap for RMCS

The upcoming Rocky Mountain Challenge Series event will mark the start of the season for the popular Late Model touring series after rain took round one back on May 2.

Courtesy: RMCS Media Relations

BOISE, IDAHO (May 23, 2009) 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 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

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.

Other winners at RMR include Bobby Latham III, Lyn Hardy, Rip Michels, Bryan
Warf, and Eddy McKean. McKean won the first ever series event at RMR back in

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 Woodall, 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

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