Rocky Mountain to Host West Coast Late Model Civil War

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Salt Lake City, UT (January 5, 2017) — For the first time in history, the West Coast’s top-two Super Late Model series will come together for racing’s version of the Civil War. They will converge on Rocky Mountain Raceways (RMR) in West Valley, Utah for the $10,000 to win “Retro Custom Metals 150” as part of a 26-car line-up.
“With three racing venues at Rocky Mountain Raceways, our season schedule is always packed with great events. The Civil War, bringing the best of Late Model racing in the Western United States to our venue, is certainly a can’t miss affair,” commented RMR General Manager Mike Eames. “We know that the talented racing teams of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series and the Northwest Super Late Model Series are going to put on a heck of a show for the great fans here in Utah!”
The 150-lap race is scheduled for Saturday, September 2. As part of RMR’s Labor Day Weekend festivities, this event will be a championship points paying event for each series.
“Rocky Mountain Raceways is the perfect track to host this event. It’s absolutely one of the best tracks in the nation for Super Late Model racing,” said SPEARS Southwest Tour official, Brian Olsen. “Bringing both series together for one event is something we’ve been working on and looking forward to for a couple of years. It’s great to see this event finally come together.”
The race will have a halfway break to allow the teams to re-fuel and make adjustments. It will be a four-tire race, in which each team will qualify and race the entire main event on the same four tires.
Guaranteed to start the event will be the top-10 drivers in the championship standings of the SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series and the Northwest Super Late Model Series. Single car qualifying, and the last chance-qualifying race will set the startling line up and the balance of the field.
Friday, September 1st will be an exclusive practice day for the Super Late Model teams in preparation for the Saturday night event.
“Our staff along with the officials of the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour and Rocky Mountain Raceway have talked about this race since the summer of 2015,” said NWSLMS official, Doug Pace. “To see everything come together as we head into a new year is amazing. The planning, purse structure and ability to lock in the top-10 drivers from each series will make this race one of the best events of 2017.”
This historic event at the beautiful 3/8 mile will also feature Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pro 4 Bangers and Jr. Stingers.
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  1. Ursetta sets new track record at RMR, UT
    Spears Southwest Touring (SWT) Series “Civil War 150” by Retro Custom Metals
    9/3/2017 – West Valley City, UT Last evening at Rocky Mountain Raceway (RMR), Dominic Ursetta (CO) out gunned SRL regular Derek Thorn (CA) for the pole position. In doing that, the Arvada Colorado driver set a new SRL track record at 14.621 on the 1/3-mile oval. By the way, Thorn holds SWT track records at numerous speedways and usually qualifies as the pole setter at most all SWT races.
    When the green flag flew for the SWT 150-lap feature event, #6 Ursetta found himself pinned down on the inside with #43 Thorn breathing down his back bumper. Ursetta fell trap to Thorn’s 51-Fifty teammate #51 Carlos Vieira (CA). The aggressive driving of the #51 early on in the race quickly set the tone for the top-10 drivers to adapt likewise. After battling the #51 for several laps, Ursetta finally broke lose to the outside grove. Coming out of turn-two, #16 Jacob Gomez (CA) moved Ursetta up the track and dangerously close to the outside wall. Ursetta was having none of that and held his ground fearlessly until the #16 got into Ursetta’s left front. That was the end of the night for both drivers.
    Opinions, including mine, are like belly buttons. Everyone has one.
    Like any other series, the Spears Southwest Touring (SWT) Series does their share of ‘Home Cookin’ to protect their series regulars.
    One of the many reason that the SWT pulled out of Colorado was that they quickly realized that Ursetta and other Colorado drivers were getting way too close to winning a SWT feature event there.
    And then last year at RMR, #4 Lynn ‘The Hammer’ Hardy was banned for life by the SWT for an infraction while taking the checkered flag. As I remember it, a SWT regular #89 Rocky Hodges (NV) was pounding on ‘The Hammer’s left rear quarter panel for several laps towards the end of the race. Hardy left the #89 plenty of room to run the bottom-grove. But, the #89 wanted to move ‘The Hammer’ up and out of the second grove…which he did very aggressively going into turn-three on the final lap. At the finish line, ‘The Hammer’ let the #89 know that you don’t mess with the ‘The Hammer’ without getting hammered back. When I talked to ‘The Hammer’ last evening, he told me that he didn’t intent to put the #89 into the wall…it just turned out ugly that way. In my opinion, the SWT over reacted by placing a lifetime ban on ‘The Hammer.’ Rumor has it that the SWT may allow ‘The Hammer’ to compete in their series next year.
    In fairness, the SWT has brought Super Late Model teams/drivers from the south, northwest, and west together for some outstanding racing like the race held at RMR last evening. Teams/drivers from CO, CA, NV, WA, OR, and ID all competed furiously against each other. It was a great show for the UT fans who packed the RMR grandstands for only $15 a ticket. See you at that 2018 Winter Showdown in Bakersfield, CA at Kern County Raceway.