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Jones Wins Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Event In Salt Lake City

Steve Jones picked up his first career victory on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series by taking the checkered flag in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of D. Shannon/RMCS Media Relations)
Steve Jones picked up his first career victory on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series by taking the checkered flag in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of D. Shannon/RMCS Media Relations)

Idaho's Steve Jones netted his second straight victory on the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series as he led Brian Levant and John Newhouse to the checkered flag in Salt Lake City.

Courtesy: RMCS Media Relations

WEST VALLEY, UTAH (June 1, 2010) Steve Jones of Meridian, Idaho has won multiple championships, more than 50 wins in Late Model and Modified action while competing in weekly racing but he has struggled to find success in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. That has all changed this year as he has fast become the man to beat for the series championship after scoring his second career win in as many races.

On  a special Memorial Day event at Rocky Mountain Raceways, Jones nearly doubled his point lead after coming from the 13th starting position and waged a spirited battle with first time starter Brian Levant from Calgary, Canada over the final twenty laps.

In the end, Jones survived two late race cautions and restarts to claim the victory. "I had a rocketship early in the race," Jones stated. "Those cautions late in the race really helped as I am not sure I could help off the #49 if it stayed green. "Cooling the tires helped me off the corner and that was the advantage at the end. Brian (Levant) drove a heck of a race and I would love to see him race with us in the future. I am glad we kept the trophy home on Memorial Day."

Second place finisher and new track record holder Levant enjoyed his first experience with the RMCS. "This was the best I ever ran," Levant said after the race. "I watched McKean run high in qualifying and thought I would try his line for qualifying. I had no idea the car had that quick a lap in it but it feels great to travel 1,300 miles and show up with a car this good. I really like this series and the track and I will definately race with these guys again."

John Newhouse, Dave Minegar, and Lynn Hardy rounded out the top five finishers in the third race of the 2010 campaign. Two-time champion Minegar scored his first top five finish since early last year. "This was a real win for the team but we still have a few things to work out," Minegar said.

Jeff Hillock, Zan Sharp, Eric Rhead, Eddy McKean, and Tom Hill rounded out the top ten finishers. Hill made his first start of the year and drove the team car to Minegar Racing. Hill plans to make several other starts during the year in his own #12 starting with Meridian Speedway event later this month.

The next event for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is Saturday, June 12 at Magic Valley Speedway. For all the latest news and information regarding the RMCS please log onto and catch all the racing action througout the west at

CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Young Chevrolet "100"
Rocky Mountain Raceways, West Valley, Utah
May 31, 2010
3/8-mile paved oval

Position    Start    Car#    Driver            Laps        Points        Status
1        13        03        Steve Jones        100            210            Running
2        17        49        Brian Levant        100            216            Running
3        15        26        John Newhouse    100            200            Running
4        12        9          Dave Minegar    100            179            Running
5        16        4          Lynn Hardy        100            187            Running
6        10        36        Jeff Hillock        100            155            Running       
7        11        84        Zan Sharp        100            150            Running
8        20        66        Eric Rhead        100            127            Running
9        1        19          Eddy McKean    100            118            Running
10        3        99        Tom Hill            100            119            Running
11        4        5           Russell Butler    100            110            Running
12        5        48         Bryan Wordelman 99            108            Running
13        8        73         Joe Miller          91            112            Running
14        2        12         Jim Wulfenstein      89              96            Running
15        14        61        Brett Thompson      75            106            Running
16        9        09         Thane Alderman      73              92            Mechanical
17        7        17         Kenny Vanderham36              92            Accident
18        18        25        Lonnie Lowder      36              82            Accident
19        19        65        Darren Jones      34              78            Mechanical
20        6        92          Bruce Quale          11              84            Accident

Updated Point Standings after round 3 of 10
Pos    Driver            Points
1    Steve Jones         615
2    John Newhouse    519
3    Lynn Hardy        487
4    Brett Thompson    482
5    Thane Alderman    429
6    Bruce Quale        411
7    Dave Minegar    397
8    Eric Rhead        374
9    Russell Butler    364
10    Zan Sharp        330

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 each 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 onto

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