Keeping Pace

Jones Leads Rocky Mountain Drivers Standings Heading To Salt Lake

RMCS logo. (Courtesy D. Shannon)
RMCS logo. (Courtesy D. Shannon)

Steve Jones is the points leader of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series, which makes at stop at Stateline Speedway later this season. Jones and the RMCS are set to take their next green flag this weekend in Salt Lake City.

Courtesy: RMCS Media Relations

BOISE, IDAHO (May 5, 2010) Every time the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
makes its way to the ultra-fast and wide Rocky Mountain Raceways located outside
Salt Lake City, Utah, the fans fill the stands the for the kind of action racing is
meant to provide. This Saturday night May 8, the RMCS returns to RMR for their 20th
event staged at the 3/8-mile paved oval led by Steve Jones of Boise, Idaho who sits
atop the point standings.

Jones finished fourth in the opening round but scored the most points in the event
and holds a two-point margin over Bruce Quale of Twin Falls, Idaho who scored his
first career series victory in round one.

Jones  is looking for his first series top five finish at RMR and he thinks this
weekend  could be it. "We really never had the right motor combination before
and  now we have a really competitive piece," Jones said. "Racing is the
most fun you can have and when you are fast it is a whole lot of fun."

Over the years, RMR has provided some of the most exciting racing in the region and
this weekend will be no different. More than 20 of the region's top Late Model
drivers will be on hand for a 75-lap shootout. After missing the first race so he
could be by his mother's side during her final hours, two-time series champion Zan
Sharp from Wellsville, Utah is excited to get back to racing.

Sharp has three victories at RMR with seven top five performances and three Sharp
Powder Coating Fast Time Awards. Winning at RMR takes patience, a great setup and a
little luck. "RMR is really good track for me," Sharp said. "I have
a lot of laps around there and always feel real comfortable in the car. I think
this will be a real good race for us."

Lynn "The Hammer" Hardy is the track record holder at RMR with a quick lap
of 14.944 seconds/90.377 mph. Hardy is back full-time with the RMCS this season and
would like to add to his two RMR wins this weekend.

Craig Bell is not driving this season but will be at the track as crew chief for
two-time series champion Dave Minegar. Bell leads all drivers with ten top five
finishes at RMR and he hopes to put that experience to work this weekend for

Coming off a strong second place performance in round one is Las Vegas, Nevada's
Thane Alderman. Alderman's last series victory was at RMR in 2008 and he would like
nothing more than to return to victory lane this weekend. "I really like racing
at RMR," Alderman offered. "The facility is first rate, the crowds are
great, and the RMCS always puts on a good show. We have worked real hard over the
winter to get back into competitive form and we feel we have a great car for the

Drivers who have won at RMR include: James Eaton (4), Sharp (3), Hardy (2), Minegar
(2), John Dillon (2), and six other drivers with one win apiece. Dillon is the only
repeat winner at RMR in the last seven RMCS races.

After picking up his first career series victory at his home track of Magic Valley
Speedway, Bruce Quale is shifting gears for RMR. "Winning in this series is
awesome, but it will only get tougher to do it again." Quale said. We have a
really good car and and I would love to make it two in a row." Quale has two
top five finishes at RMR.

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

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
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