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Tue, 01 Oct 2013, 12:30 PM

Local Racers Fare Well at Rocky Mountain Raceways' Night of Fire
Courtesy of NHRA Field Marketing
Photo copyright 2013 Bob Johnson Photography





WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah --

More than 6,000 fans witnessed some of the fastest drag racing the state of Utah has ever seen at Rocky Mountain Raceways' Night of Fire Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event this past weekend. In addition to the annual jet car show, fans watched drag racers from across the west coast go head to head for NHRA divisional and national points.

Alan Ellis, from Mapleton, Utah, bested Jeff Lane, from North Bend, Wash., for the Competition Eliminator event win in 6.761 seconds at 197.41 mph. Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, claimed the Top Sportsman event trophy over fellow Utah racer Flip Payne out of Taylorsville. Olpin went 7.671 at 179.85 to Payne's quicker 7.135, 83.52.

Ryan Kruger, from Murray, Utah, secured the win in the NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley-Davidson taking out Craig Jensen on his '09 Kawasaki.

"One of our largest crowds of the season was treated to more than 300 of the coolest race cars from throughout the country. 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. Congratulations to all of our worthy event winners," says Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways General Manager.


Alan Ellis
Joining the list of winners was Jim Rau, Sacramento, Calif., in Super Stock knocking out Les Norton, South Jordan, Utah; Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., beat Doug Lambeck in Stock; George Garbiso, Las Vegas, defeated Mike Hiatt in Super Comp; Rick Beckstrom, Novato, Calif., held on to beat Robert Naber in Super Gas; Michael Blodgett, Long Beach, Calif., won when Brad Vinje left early in Super Street; and Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, downed Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, in Top Dragster.

Pacific Division racers head to Las Vegas for the JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals, Oct. 11-13. Rocky Mountain Raceways final drag event of the year will be the Young Subaru Midnight Drag Bash with Utah's Fast Fifteen on Friday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The following are the final results from the Night of Fire NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Rocky Mountain Raceways:

COMP ELIMINATOR
Alan Ellis, Mapleton, Utah, '23 roadster, A/AA, 6.761, 197.41 def. Jeff Lane, North Bend, Wash., '10 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.538, 149.82.

SUPER STOCK
Jim Rau, Sacramento, Calif., '95 Mustang, GT/JA, 10.987, 114.14 def. Les Norton, South Jordan, Utah, '10 Challenger, SS/FA, 10.375, 122.74.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '70 Camaro, D/SA, 17.907, 60.00 def. Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif., '69 Camaro, A/SA, broke.

SUPER COMP
George Garbiso, Las Vegas, dragster, 9.357, 163.66 def. Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., dragster, 9.327, 162.89.

SUPER GAS
Rick Beckstrom, Novato, Calif., '03 Grand Am, 10.339, 161.11 def. Robert Naber, Ontario, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.316, 154.13.

SUPER STREET
Mike Blodgett Jr., Long Beach, Calif., '72 Vega, 11.343, 131.06 def. Brad Vinje, Langley, B.C., '68 Camaro, foul.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.671, 179.85 def. Flip Payne, Taylorsville, Utah, '63 Corvette, 7.135, 183.52.

TOP DRAGSTER
Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, dragster, 7.671, 174.62 def. Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, dragster, 7.058, 190.79.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Ryan Kruger, Murray, Utah, '09 Kawasaki, 10.215, 130.51 def. Craig Jensen, Chubback, Idaho, '01 Polaris, 9.799, 126.93.





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