RMR Summit ET Motorcycle Series : Results from Race 11

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Summit ET Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake City
Screamin’ Eagle Motorcycle/Snowmobile class
Rocky Mountain Raceways
September 9, 2017

RMR Summit ET #11 Race

It’s hard to believe the season is winding down already. Friday was the final RMR Summit ET Harley-Davidson of SLC Screamin’ Eagle Motorcycle/Snowmobile points race. To get right to it, congratulations to 2017 Champion Ryan Kruger! He won the championship by winning his fourth race of the year. Great job to his crew chief, Shalee Kruger for all her hard work for Team Kruger.

The race was a little iffy with the weather. We had a couple of rain delays early so we only got one qualifying run in. Steve Harrison got the Base Brothers Parks #1 sticker with a .025 reaction time. Mike Cragun, Jeremy Bates rounded out the top three.

It was nice to see Don Nielsen back from his injury and also to see Robert Williams back on a new Kawasaki H2. We ended up with 20 bikes/sleds even missing a few of the regulars.

In the race, we had a serious engine failure by Kelly Queensberry. It spread parts on both lanes. Sorry, to see that, it was not pretty! He actually won the race though because Keith Jensen broke out by .007! Ken Giles also didn’t make the call for the first round. But some good news was Peyton Hall got another .000 light in eliminations! So he gets $50 from RMR for that feat.

The big race in the 2nd round was between Rick Newport and Mike Cragun do to the close points chase in the top 8. Rick cut a .003 to help out in the win. Larry Mota kept his hopes alive by a nice .010 against Mike Pinkston.

In the quarterfinals, Ryan Kruger got past a late Dave Wheeler to seal up the championship. Peyton Hall beat Rick Newport and Larry Mota had the bye run to the semifinal.

Larry didn’t make the semi so Ryan saved the run and backed out. Peyton didn’t but couldn’t hook up a the start.

In the final, Peyton had the better reaction time of .028 vs Ryan’s .078 but couldn’t run the number, 11.233@117.23mph on the 11.12 dial in time. Ryan ran 9.494@129.87mph to coast to the win on the 9.45 dial. Congrats again to Ryan on the win and the season championship. Video (with the cars Pro final).


The official points are not out yet so these are UNOFFICIAL, meaning I could have really screwed them up! lol But for the top ten, I have it as:

1-Ryan Kruger 440
2-Larry Mota 390
3-Jeremy Bates 350
4-Peyton Hall 310
5-Rick Newport 304
6-Mike Cragun 300
7-Kirk Walton 298
8-Jeff Durfey 280
9-Ken Giles 240
10-Tracy Giles 208

And three were tied at 11th with Steve Harrison, Kelly Queensberry and Dave “Wheels” Wheeler at 200 points. So it was a fight all the way down to the last race this year (again!). Thanks for everyone showing up this season. It was one of the best turnouts in years in our class.

We still have a bunch of racing left though!! This week are the “Harley Fun Drags” on Wednesday, September 13th from 4:30pm to dusk. All bikes welcomed. Then on Friday, September 15th is the RMR annual “Racer Appreciation” race. Mike Eames has something different planned this year so I’ll probably let everyone know on Tuesday when he gets back in town. Should be fun!

From Jeff Cornick:
Attention RMR Summit racers. For next Friday the 15th, Mike has put together a deal that insures all racers (not in top dragster/top sportsman) Will get 6 hits at the track!! 2 time hits, 4 rounds of racing. Lose, you’re still racing. From what I understand it will be one large class so you can race cars from other classes. Mike Eames Will fill in the details when he’s done with the big oval race this evening. Just don’t winterize the cars just yet. Sounds like a fantastic way to end the season”

Then we have the NHRA Lucas Oil Division Series doubleheader in a couple of weeks.

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The Summit ET finals are Oct 5th-7th in Las Vegas. Beth Ann Skougard had the great idea of having ALL the RMR team have a dinner Friday night but wanted to get suggestions on what to eat and since it’s all volunteered, see if anyone wants to pitch in money or food.

Pictures are up at www.crdnow.com thanks to Chris Dake.

See everyone soon!
Kirk Walton

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