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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Every weekend between April and September, Rocky Mountain Raceways comes alive with the hum of accelerating engines and the roar of eager fans. During this five-and-a-half-month period, the West Valley City raceway hosts 70 motorsporting events, from motocross to drag racing.

If you remember the old Bonneville Raceway, this is the former site that the Young Automotive Group purchased and revamped before opening Rocky Mountain Raceways in 1997.

Mark Pittman, Rocky Mountain Raceways spokesman, tells me the facility boasts three core racetracks — a motocross track, a National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned quarter mile drag strip and Utah's only asphalt oval track.

One of the raceways' most popular events is the annual "Maverik Clash of the Titans" monster truck show in August. It's a national competition that attracts some of the top competitors. The annual "Doomsday — The Day of Destruction" demolition derby is also well attended. The raceway added a twist to the event last year, mandating all of the demolition vehicles to tow a camper trailer or boat, and requiring that they only hit another vehicle's trailer or boat.

Some of the improvements that have been made to the raceway since it opened include the addition of the motocross track two years ago and the opening of a convention center in 2003. The center is used for everything from quincenaras to car shows and trophy presentations. The drag tower doubles as an office building, housing most of the management staff.

Mark says Rocky Mountain Raceways' owners are always looking to the future for ways to increase the track's overall entertainment value. They are committed to creating a safe, fun and high-adrenaline atmosphere to please spectators and racers alike.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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