The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series will crown Bruce Quale of Twin Falls, Idaho champion at their annual awards gala Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, NV.
For Bruce Quale of Twin Falls, the 2012 season was nothing short of spectacular. He has been a series regular in the RMCS for the past five seasons but this year he became the title contender. Quale has finished no worse than seventh with ten of his eleven starts coming in the top four. He was the only driver to have completed every lap of competition during the 2012 campaign.
His consistency gave him the advantage all season even though he was dogged to the end by long-time rival Steve Jones. “This series is tough to race and even harder to win,” Quale offered. “It really took me and the team some time to figure out how to put a complete race together. This year it has worked out pretty good and I could not be more excited to finally win this championship.”
The RMCS awards points for qualifying, heat race finish position, main event finish position and passing points for positions gained in the feature race. “We have always run really good and finished well but our qualifying package just was not where it needed to be in the past,” Quale stated. “Mike Naake helped us a bunch all season and it really made the difference with our finishes. It was a great year and winning this championship took a team effort. We are going to enjoy it and then get ready for next season.”
Steve Jones of Meridian chased Quale much of the year and if not for a couple of mechanical failures the roles could have been reversed. Jones has proven to be among the fastest competitors race in and race out for the past several years. Jones out qualified Quale at nearly every race this past season but did not had the top five consistency that Quale had. Jones was the 2010 series champion and is ready to renew the battle in 2013.
“Bruce had a great year and it was cool to see him win the title,” Jones said. “Over the years we have battled each other for a lot of championships and next season will be no different.”
The A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year title went to Tyler Bailey who completed his first full season in the RMCS and led the rookie points since the first race back in April.
CarbonX, the world leader in fire protective clothing, capped its fifth season in 2012 as title sponsor of the RMCS and along with Century Boatland based in Twin Falls, the two companies provide significant event and series support. Since 1985, Century Boatland has been the Magic Valley headquarters for new and used recreational, pleasure, and fishing boats.
The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The RMCS inverts up to the top 20 from qualifying putting the fast qualifiers at the back to start each race. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 12th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards at each race.
The series is supported by a great family of sponsors including: CarbonX, Century Boatland, Project Filter, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Hoosier Racing Tires, Frank’s Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd’s Performance and Dyno, Joes Racing Products, PPG Paint, Circle Racing Wheels, and Mike Minegar’s Auto Body.
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