WS: Rocky Mountain Series announced

NEW ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRINT CAR SERIES DEBUTS MAY 10 AT SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH The newest United States Auto Club racing series will debut May 10 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah. The USAC Port-O-Call Rocky Mountain Sprint Car...

NEW ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRINT CAR SERIES DEBUTS MAY 10 AT SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

The newest United States Auto Club racing series will debut May 10 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City, Utah. The USAC Port-O-Call Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series will encompass a dozen events in Utah and Idaho, with Rocky Mountain Raceways serving as a "home" base, hosting nine races.

Included in the new all-pavement series schedule are five races already listed on the 2003 USAC Western Sprint Car calendar. Two of those five are at Salt Lake City, while the others are in Idaho, at Meridian Speedway near Boise and at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls. Those races will afford points toward both series championships.

"I'm excited about this new involvement with USAC in terms of a regional series," said Doug Binstock, General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceways. "This should bring an expanded level of professional racing to this region. Sprint car racing has long been a favorite of Utah and Idaho fans and I truly expect our car counts to increase significantly."

Jim Waters of Salt Lake City won last year's Salt Lake Valley Racing Association (SLVRA) Sprint car title and intends to compete for both 2003 USAC championships.

Utah veterans Todd Ellison, Ryan Burdett, Jeff Bergener, Bryan Shafer, Lonnie Adamson, Ray and Brian Evans, Mel Andrus, Michael Dean and Mike Baish, plus Idaho veterans Kenny Hamilton, Butch Freeman, Mike Ford and Bob Backman are some of the perennial USAC participants expected to be prime contenders for this new championship. Ellison won USAC's Western Sprint Car title in 2000.

The series is scheduled to conclude with a race September 13 at Salt Lake City. All feature events are set for 40 laps in distance.

A total of 48 USAC events have been held in Utah and Idaho since USAC's inception in 1956. Seventeen of those came in 1985 and 1986 when USAC conducted "regional" supermodified series in each state.

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