Locals Shine at Diamond Mountain Speedway


On June 28-29, locals from the Carbon and Emery areas traveled to Vernal for a weekend at the Diamond Mountain Speedway. At the event, “Racing for a Cause” recognized the military with “Salute to our Heroes.” The Hobby Stock race was also dedicated to Matt Johnson in the memorial race. The drivers raced on a 1/3 Mile Banked Clay “D” Oval track.

Starting on Friday, Kade Dimick was on fire again in the IMCA Northern SportMod. Dimick finished first in his heat race and brought the same energy to the main, giving him the first overall position. Following him was Payce Herrera, getting a second in his heat and taking the third place position in the 20-lap event with 16 drivers. Camden Wilson would finish in the sixth place position in the main, followed by Jacob Vasques in tenth.

Moving to the Chaos Cove IMCA Mod Lites event, John Erickson placed first in his heat, followed by a second place finish in the 15-lap main. William Hardy snagged a third in his heat and a third in the main. In the IMCA Sport Compact, Ferron’s Chaz Nelson placed fourth in his heat and rallied for a second-place finish in the main. Following him was Cassie Johansen, finishing fifth in the main and Bailie Erickson, finishing at number six.

Finishing out the Friday event was in the IMCA Hobby Stock event. Herrera continued to impress, finishing first in his heat and taking the second spot in the 20-lap main. Mark Merlen of Carbonville followed, taking the fourth spot against the 13 other drivers. Merlen was followed by Ryan Dimick in the fifth spot and Wellington’s Glen Johansen in eighth.

In the Saturday events, starting in the Chaos Cove IMCA Mod Lites, John Erickson would get the win with a first in his heat, maintaining the lead for the first place victory in the main. William Hard placed third in the main event. In the IMCA Sport Compact, Chaz Nelson would finish third in the main, followed by Cassie Johansen, finishing in fifth.

Herrera continued his solid weekend taking the number one position in the IMCA Hobby Stock event, followed by Ryan Dimick with a fourth-place finish, Mark Merlen in fifth and Glen Johansen in the seventh spot. Finishing with the IMCA Northern SportMod, the local talent made their home town proud as the four of the top five drivers were from Carbon County. Dimick finished out an awesome weekend, taking the second overall spot, moving up 10 positions in the main event. Herrera would get his second third overall win, to go with his first and second place accomplishments throughout the weekend. Vasques followed in the fourth-place spot and Wilson snagged the fifth-place position.

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