WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah --
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '70 Camaro, D/SA, 17.907, 60.00 def. Doug Lambeck, Irvine, Calif.,
'69 Camaro, A/SA, broke.
George Garbiso, Las Vegas, dragster, 9.357, 163.66 def. Mike Hiatt, Fallon, Nev., dragster, 9.327,
Rick Beckstrom, Novato, Calif., '03 Grand Am, 10.339, 161.11 def. Robert Naber, Ontario, Calif.,
'63 Corvette, 10.316, 154.13.
Mike Blodgett Jr., Long Beach, Calif., '72 Vega, 11.343, 131.06 def. Brad Vinje, Langley, B.C.,
'68 Camaro, foul.
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro, 7.671, 179.85 def. Flip Payne, Taylorsville, Utah, '63
Corvette, 7.135, 183.52.
Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, dragster, 7.671, 174.62 def. Paul Snell, Sandy, Utah, dragster, 7.058,
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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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