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Jones Wins On Rocky Mountain Challenge Series

Idaho’s Steve Jones beat Utah’s Zan Sharp to the stripe for his first career victory on the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series.


Courtesy: RMCS Media Relations

WEST VALLEY, UTAH (May 9, 2010) Steve Jones of Boise, Idaho had a career night by
winning his first CarbonX Rocky Mountain Series race Saturday night in front of an
enthusiastic crowd. Jones bested local hotshoe and two-time series champion Zan
Sharp in a 75-lap dual. Brett Thompson finished third followed by Lynn Hardy and
Thane Alderman rounding out the top five finishers in the second race of the 10-race
2010 campaign.

Jones started off his winning night by earning his first career Sharp Powder Coating
Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 15.004 second around the 3/8-mile ultra-fast
paved oval. Brett Thompson qualified second in his Dodge followed by Lynn Hardy,
John Newhouse, and Zan Sharp rounding out the top five qualifiers. Dave Minegar and
Lynn Hardy collected heat race wins.

The popular RMCS full field invert put quick qualifier Jones at the rear with Eric
Rhead inheriting the the the pole position. Rhead would lead the first 50 laps as he
set a blistering pace that would see the first 59 laps run under green. Brett
Thompson then assumed the point on lap 51 and led for 14 circuits.

Thompson and Jones waged a spirited battle from lap 51 to lap 65 when Jones finally
took control of the race and led the final ten laps. The victory capped a career
night for the veteran racer who eyes his first RMCS series crown.

"It was an awesome night for our team," Jones said. "Brett (Thompson)
had a great car and he was a lot better off the corner than we were but we were good
in the center, so we really had the momentum through the corner."

When asked what it was like starting at the back and moving through the field to the
front, Jones showed his excitement. "It is something that I have always wanted
to do in this series," Jones stated. "When you start at the back you are
fast and we’ve never done it. I just latched onto Lynn Hardy and followed him trying
to save my tires and once I got to the front three it got really fun."

Finish second in his first run of the season was two-time series Zan Sharp. "I
am really happy considering that we just finished the car Saturday morning,"
Sharp said. "I have been so busy with work and other projects the time just got
away from me. I will make most of the races this season but it always feels good to
knock the rust off with a great run. I thank the whole team and especially Brandon
Rhiel who came over from Oregon and got the car together."

Finishing third for the second consecutive event was Brett Thompson who started his
second career series race Saturday night. "We were really close and I hated for
that one to get away," Thompson said. "Steve was really good through the
corner and that made the difference. I am thrilled for our performance so far this
year and we are going to win one of these sooner than later."

The top ten finishers in the event were Jones, Sharp, Thompson, Lynn Hardy, and
Thane Alderman followed by Russell Butler, Bruce Quale, Eric Rhead, John Newhouse,
and Kenny Vandeham.

Jones scored 212 points for the event extended his point lead to 29-points over
Thompson. Thane Alderman sits third followed Bruce Quale, and John Newhouse rounding
out the top five. The next race for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is
Memorial Day May 31st back at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

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 www.rmcsracing.com.
Follow all the racing action from throughout the West by logging onto
www.racingwest.com.


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