Utahns fare wall in front of big crowd at RMR’s Night of Fire

WEST VALLEY CITY — Three Utahns take top honors during Rocky Mountain Raceway’s Night of Fire on Saturday.

Alan Ellis, from Mapleton, won the Competition Eliminator event, while Pleasant Grove’s Ed Olpin claimed the NHRA Top Sportsman event trophy and Ryan Kruger, from Murray, secured the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series.

More than 6,000 fans attended the event, which included drag racers from across the west coast go head to head for NHRA divisional, regional and national points, and a jet car show.

“One of our largest crowds of the season was treated to more than 300 of the coolest race cars from throughout the country,” RMR general manager Mike Eames said in a press release. ” We are so appreciative of all of the racers that traveled from both near and far to be with us. This is the biggest drag race we have held in a number of years at our facility.”

Additional event winners included Jim Rau-Sacramento, Calif. (Super Stock), Justin Lamb-Henderson, Nev. (Stock Eliminator), George Garbiso-Las Vegas (Super Comp), Rick Beckstrom-Novato, Calif. (Super Gas), Michael Blodgett-Long Beach, Calif. (Super Street), and Shane Thompson-Las Vegas (Top Dragster Series).

Rocky Mountain Raceways final drag event will be the Young Subaru Midnight Drag Bash with Utah’s Fast Fifteen on Friday,  6 p.m. to midnight.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

Rocky Mountain Raceways

Sunday’s Race Results

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR

Alan Ellis (‘23 Ford)         6.761 e.t., 197.41 mph

Jeff Lane (’10 Cobalt)     8.538 e.t., 149.82 mph

SUPER STOCK

Jim Rau (’95 Mustang)   10.987 e.t., 114.14 mph

Les Norton (’10 Challenger)         10.375 e.t., 122.74 mph

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Justin Lamb (’70 Camaro)             17.907 e.t., 60 mph

Doug Lambeck (’69 Camaro)       LB3A

SUPER COMP

George Garbiso (’08 Yancer)       9.357 e.t., 163.66 mph

Mike Hiatt (’02 Worthy)                9.327 e.t., 162.89 mph

SUPER GAS

Rick Beckstrom (’03 Grand Am) 10.339 e.t., 161.11 mph

Robert Naber (’63 Corvette)       10.316 e.t., 154.13 mph

SUPER STREET

Michael Blodgett (’72 Vega)        11.343 e.t., 131.06 mph

Brad Vinje (’68 Camaro)                11.479 e.t., 115.36 mpg

TOP SPORTSMAN

Ed Olpin (’68 Camaro)    7.671 e.t., 179.85 mph

Flip Payne (’63 Corvette)              7.135 e.t., 183.52

TOP DRAGSTER

Shane Thompson (’13 RaceTech)              7.671 e.t., 174.62 mph

Paul Snell (’01 CNE)         7.058 e.t., 190.79 mph

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES

Ryan Kruger (’09 Kawasaki)         10.215 e.t., 130.51 mph

Craig Jensen (’01 Polaris XCR)     9.799 e.t., 126.93 mph

Night of Fire-RMR Classes

Rocky Mountain Raceways

Saturday Race Results

ELECTRONICS

Bill Matern (’68 Camaro)               9.316 e.t., 142.74 mph

Daniel Henderson (’02 Undercover)        9.331 e.t., 154.79 mph

NON-ELECTRONICS

Chris Hall (’70 Camaro)   10.548 e.t., 122.90 mph

Garrett Parsons (’92 JEGS)           8.982 e.t., 148.66 mph

 

 

 

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