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Lucas Oil series visits Rocky Mountain Raceways

Drivers from West continue to chase each other for points battle.

First Published Jun 14 2013 10:33 am • Last Updated Jun 15 2013 12:37 am

West Valley City • The Lucas Oil Modifieds Series makes a stop in Utah on Saturday night, when the BILSTEIN Shocks Great Salt Lake 75 headlines racing at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

Considered one of the fastest-growing regional series in the country, the Lucas Oil schedule this season includes nine races at six venues in the western United States.

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The series opened in March, runs into November and features drivers from California, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho and Utah. They are all chasing a season-points championship.

A handful of locally based drivers will join the series regulars for the race at Rocky Mountain Raceways, led by Michael Hale and Lynn Hardy. Hale is the two-time defending champion of RMR’s Maverik Modified Series. Hardy is a five-time former champion of the series.

"We’re going to try to fend off the guys coming in from out of town," Hale said. "It’s always fun when you have [drivers] come in from all over — who you don’t race against all the time. It gives you a chance to see how you stack up."

Now in his 23rd season of racing, Hale lives in West Jordan. He is a construction equipment salesman during the workweek.

"I hope we can represent Salt Lake well," he said.

Gates for Saturday’s racing will open at 4 p.m. The green flag for the first race drops at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at smithstix.com or at the track’s on-site box office. Reserved seating is $25. Adult general admission is $20. General admission for children (5-12) is $10.

luhm@sltrib.com




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