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First Ever Long Distance Winged Race on Saturday at Rocky Mountain Raceways

Story by Dave Sink
Photo by Wildlight Photography

ANDERSON, Ind. (September 12, 2013) – The first-ever known long distance winged pavement sprint car race is set to take center stage with the inaugural “Salt City 200” on Saturday, September 14. The 200-lap event will take place at the 3/8 mile high-banked Rocky Mountain Raceways (RMR) in West Valley City, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City.

The 200-lap event is the first known long distance winged pavement sprint car race in the modern era. The 200-lap event will be broke down into four 50-lap segments and will pay a hefty $7,500 to win. In addition, the race will pay $1,500 to start.

Rocky Mountain Raceways and a long distance sprint car race have been rumored for nearly a decade. There have been talks by several interested parties about possibly leasing the facility and staging a 500-lap sprint car race. But to date, nothing has emerged past the rumor stage until Rocky Mountain Raceways and Western Winged Sprintcar (WWS) series officials announced this event earlier in the year.

The purse that was announced quickly drew interest from several Midwestern teams. Jo Jo Helberg is one of the teams who competes regularly in the Midwest with the TruFuel Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series (MSRXSS) and will be on hand for this weekend’s event. Helberg is the 2012 MSRXSS champion and is currently the leading pavement sprint car driver in the nation according to the www.pavementsprints.com driver pole. Additionally, Davey Hamilton and Davey Hamilton Jr. will be competing this weekend, making the long tow from their Indianapolis shop.

The field is also expected to feature a stellar group of local entrants including Johnny Giesler, who leads the WWS point standings and finished second in the final NSRA standings. Four-time feature winner Bryan Warf along with three-time victors Jimmy Waters and Sierra Jackson are also expected to be challenging for the Salt City 200.

Winged sprint car racing has become a main staple on the 3/8 mile Rocky Mountain Raceways the past two seasons. After several seasons of non-winged sprint car racing, track officials elected to try the winged variety. Saturday’s event is certain to draw interest from all over the country. If the event is successful, it could prove to be a launching pad of sorts for this type of event all over the country.

Rocky Mountain Raceways officials are leaving no stone unturned in an effort to make this race a success. A total purse of nearly $57,000 will be on the line this weekend in addition to tow money for out-of-town teams. This will be the second richest pavement sprint car event in the entire country and the richest winged pavement sprint car event. Only the Pay Less Little 500 held annually in Anderson, Ind. offers a larger purse. In an effort to ensure a good show for the fans, and invert of 8, 10, or 12 will be used to set the 24 car starting field.

Drivers from all over the Northwest as well as WWS and RMR teams are scheduled to participate in this inaugural event. A practice session for this Friday September 13 has been added from 5-8 p.m. to give out-of-town teams an additional opportunity to get their machines dialed in for the 200 –lap event the following night.

For more info on this event log onto www.rmrracing.com or call (801) 252-9557.