WILD WEST SHOOTOUT
15, 2017) Another soggy day in the desert
forced 'Wild West Shootout' officials to scrap plans for
the day-night doubleheader today at Arizona Speedway in
Queen Creek, Arizona. The final two events of the six race
miniseries have been scrapped due to inclement weather and
will not be rescheduled. Jimmy Mars leaves the Phoenix-area
with a pair of Top Fives and three Top Ten efforts in the
four races that were put into the record books.
2017) An unfortunate rain-out of the fifth
round of the 'Wild West Shootout' tonight at Arizona Speedway
will set up a rare day-night doubleheader in the desert
on Sunday, January 15. The $5,000 to win, rain-postponed
show will kick things off on Sunday morning, while the $12,000
to win miniseries finale will wrap things up at the Queen
Creek, Arizona facility on Sunday evening.
2017) Night four of the 'Wild West Shootout'
miniseries greeted Jimmy Mars and the Mars Racing team tonight
and yet another $5,000 winner's check was on the line at
Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Jimmy timed in
sixth quickest in his group during qualifying and later
grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race.
The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout was then able to blast
past six competitors during the 30-lapper to walk away with
a steady seventh place effort.
2017) After a couple of days off in the
desert, round three of the 11th Annual 'Wild West Shootout'
took center stage tonight at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek,
Arizona. Jimmy Mars knocked down the fourth fastest lap
in his group during time trials prior to advancing up to
second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the
outside of the fourth row in the $5,000 to win headliner,
Jimmy charged to the front of the stellar field and battled
leader Billy Moyer for the point on several different occasions.
The "Iceman" unfortunately burnt up his right
rear tire in doing so and was forced to settle for a solid
fourth place showing in the 30-lap affair behind only victor
Moyer, Chris Simpson, and Bobby Pierce.
2017) Another $5,000 top prize was up for
grabs for the #28 team tonight in round two of the annual
'Wild West Shootout' at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek,
Arizona. Jimmy Mars laid down the fastest lap in his group
during the qualifying session and later ran second in heat
race action. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then steered
his MB Customs mount past a trio of competitors during the
30-lapper to score a podium third place performance behind
only feature winner Bobby Pierce and runner-up Chris Simpson!
2017) The Mars Racing team once again kicked
off their racing season in the Copper State, as they were
in the pit area at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona
tonight for the $5,000 to win 'Wild West Shootout' opener!
Jimmy Mars posted the second quickest time in his group
during qualifying prior to running second in his heat race.
After starting the 30-lap main event from the inside of
the sixth row, Jimmy wound up finishing right where he started
in his lid lifter... in the eleventh position.
SET TO OPEN '17 IN ARIZONA!!!
4, 2017) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team are
in the process of trekking out west for the 11th edition
of the 'Wild West Shootout,' which will be held for the
first time at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Jimmy's first six events of 2017 will take place from January
7-15 at the 1/3-mile oval located just outside of Phoenix.
The first five races will pay $5,000 to the victor while
the January 15 finale will boast a $12,000 winner's check.
A $10,000 points fund has been established
for the six-race miniseries with $3,000 earmarked for the
overall champion. In addition, 'Wild West Shootout' title
sponsor Keyser Manufacturing has posted a $250,000 bonus
for any driver that can sweep all six shows, a $100,000
bonus for five wins, and a $50,000 bonus for a driver picking
up four feature victories. Jimmy has accumulated the third-most
wins in Arizona during January, as the Menomonie, Wisconsin
star has reached victory lane on five different occasions
in recent years. Additional information concerning this
year's version of the 'Wild West Shootout' can be located
online at www.wildwestshootout.net.
TO RUNNER-UP IN FALL CLASSIC!
9, 2016) The Mars Racing team rolled into
Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota on October 7-8 to
compete in the 'Fall Classic' weekend, which paid $4,000
to the winner for the WISSOTA Late Models. Jimmy Mars won
his heat race in preliminary action on Friday night and
later started Saturday's 40-lap feature contest from the
inside of the fourth row. Jimmy was then on the move early
and often during the 'Fall Classic' and eventually drove
up to second to earn an impressive runner-up showing behind
only race winner Jake Redetzke. All of the top five cars
at Ogilvie were MB Customs machines built and assembled
at Mars Race Cars! Full results from the season-ending stop
at Ogilvie can be viewed online at www.ogilvieraceway.com.
JIMMY MARS BUSY
DURING RED CLAY CLASSIC
2, 2016) Jimmy Mars returned to both Late
Model and Open Wheel Modified competition over the September
30-October 1 weekend at ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin,
as the track hosted the annual running of the 'Red Clay
Classic.' Behind the wheel of his #28 Late Model, Jimmy
was involved in a heat race incident on Friday night, but
received a Past Champions provisional on Saturday evening
to transfer into the $4,000 to win headliner. The Menomonie,
Wisconsin superstar then rallied past fifteen competitors
during the caution-free fall special en route to a respectable
tenth place performance.
In Open Wheel Modified competition, Jimmy
ran fifth in his heat race, but later won his B-Main to
gain access into the feature event, which paid $3,000 to
the victor. The driver known as the "Iceman" then
opted to pull off the one-groove racing surface early in
the 'Red Clay Classic' and was officially placed twenty-fourth
in the final finishing order. Complete results from ABC
Raceway can be accessed online at www.abcraceway.com.
MARS OWNS PUNKY
MANOR CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS!
25, 2016) Jimmy Mars, of Menomonie, Wisconsin,
swept this year's edition of the 'Punky Manor Challenge
of Champions' at his hometown Red Cedar Speedway on September
23-24, as he claimed a pair of victories in both the Late
Model and Modified divisions! Jimmy won his heat race in
both classes on Friday prior to grabbing the point early
in both main events on Saturday night. The popular driver
known as "The Iceman" pocketed $5,000 for his
Late Model triumph over brother-in-law Scott Gilberts, Lance
Matthees, John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke, while he recorded
a $2,000 payday for his Modified win over Cory Mahder and
Ashley Anderson. Jimmy has now amassed ten 'Punky Manor
Challenge of Champions' titles (seven Late Model, three
Modified) in his illustrious career! Complete results from
the two-day special event at Red Cedar Speedway can be accessed
online at www.redcedarspeedway.com.
(Charlie Weber Photo)
JIMMY MARS CLIMBS
TO SIXTH IN KNOXVILLE NAT'S!
18, 2016) Mars Racing descended upon the
historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on September
15-17 for the 13th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel event, which was sanctioned
once again by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, drew
69 competitors to the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant and
things got underway in the Hawkeye State with a pair of
$7,000 to win preliminary showdowns. On Thursday night,
Jimmy Mars placed third in his heat race prior to knocking
down a strong fifth place performance in the 25-lap sprint
behind only winner Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards,
and Shane Clanton. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Jimmy
once again ran third in his heat race before blasting past
nine competitors during the 25-lapper en route to a solid
seventh place showing.
By virtue of accumulating the fifteenth most
points in Knoxville's unique format, Jimmy locked himself
automatically into the inside of the eighth row for the
start of Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals' finale, which once again boasted a hefty $40,000
payday. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout pointed his Deppe
Enterprises #28 MB Customs mount to the front in the extra-distance
affair and eventually picked off nine cars - despite encountering
brake issues - on his way to a stellar sixth place effort.
Jimmy trailed only feature victor Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist,
Bobby Pierce, Shane Clanton, and Billy Moyer to the checkered
flag in what is scheduled to be his final open motor show
of the 2016 season. Complete results from the extended weekend
can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
MARS EARNS PODIUM
FINISH IN WORLD 100 PRELIM!
11, 2016) The #28 team and driver Jimmy
Mars, along with 107 other competitors, made their way to
the famed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
on September 8-10 for the 46th edition of the 'World 100.'
The three-day spectacular at the 1/2-mile, Darke County
oval kicked off with a pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25 preliminary
programs. On Thursday night, Jimmy ran second in his heat
race prior to slipping back to eighth in his 25-lap feature
event. At the track known as the "Big E" on Friday
evening, Jimmy also finished second in his heat race, but
led laps 2-19 of the 25-lapper before settling for an impressive
third place podium showing behind only victor Bobby Pierce
and runner-up Devin Moran!
At Eldora Speedway on Saturday, the weekend
concluded with the "Biggest Dirt Race in the World"
and everyone in attendance had their sights set on the $49,000
top prize, along with the storied globe trophy. Jimmy placed
fifth in his loaded heat race and later utilized a provisional
to gain access into the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza.
After starting the 'World 100' from the outside of the tenth
row, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star pitted a couple of times
early in the distance and eventually retired from the contest
in the twenty-sixth position. Complete results from the
extended weekend in the Buckeye State can be accessed by
clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
JIMMY MARS WINS
$20,000 IN WORKING MAN WEEKEND!
5, 2016) Jimmy Mars, who has enjoyed a myriad
of success in recent years during the 'Firecracker' weekend
at Lernerville Speedway, took more cash out of the Sarver,
Pennsylvania facility on September 2-3, as he emerged victorious
in the headliner of the track's 'Working Man Weekend.' On
Friday night, Jimmy clicked off the seventh quickest lap
in Group B during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series qualifying prior to moving up to third in one of
the $2,500 to win qualifiers to finish behind only winner
Josh Richards and runner-up Mike Norris. After drawing the
inside of the second row before the start of Saturday's
75-lap main event, Jimmy assumed the point when leader Josh
Richards suffered a flat tire late in the distance. The
Menomonie, Wisconsin standout then led the final eleven
circuits to record the hefty $20,000 windfall ahead of Morgan
Bagley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Rick Eckert, and Michael Norris!
Following the big win, the action quickly
turned to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on
Sunday evening, September 4 for the annual running of the
'Baltes Classic.' Jimmy laid down the second fastest lap
of the 40 entrants during American Late Model Series (ALMS)
time trials and later ran second in his stacked heat race.
After rolling off from the inside of the fourth row in the
$3,000 to win feature, the popular driver known as the "Iceman"
was able to move past a trio of competitors en route to
a steady fourth place performance in the 25-lap sprint behind
only winner Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer, and Duane Chamberlain.
Complete results from the busy Labor Day holiday weekend
can be viewed online at www.woolms.com
(Todd Battin Photo)
$8,000 IN GEORGE SCHEFFLER MEMORIAL!
28, 2016) The Mars Racing team captured
their second straight 'George Scheffler Memorial' title
on Friday night, August 26 at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! Jimmy Mars posted the second quickest
lap in his group during Corn Belt Clash Super Late Model
Series qualifying and later ran second in his heat race.
After rolling off from the inside of the fourth row in the
40-lap 'George Scheffler Memorial,' Jimmy methodically worked
his way to the front of the field and eventually wrestled
the point away from Chris Simpson.
Jimmy, who hails from Menomonie, Wisconsin,
then led the remainder of the caution-free affair to bag
the $8,000 payday ahead of Simpson, Mitch McGrath, Chad
Simpson, and Nick Anvelink! Saturday's Corn Belt Clash stop
at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin was then washed-out
by inclement weather. Full results from the popular 'George
Scheffler Memorial' can be obtained by clicking on www.cornbeltclash.com.
THIRD WIN OF
2016 FOR MARS COMES AT SPRING LAKE!
15, 2016) Jimmy Mars, aboard his father-in-law
Paul Gilberts' MB Customs mount, captured his third feature
win of the 2016 racing season on Sunday, August 14 in a
rain-postponed Late Model special at Spring Lake Speedway
in Unity, Wisconsin! Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary
action and later rolled off from the inside of the third
row in the 30-lap feature event. The Menomonie, Wisconsin
standout then grabbed the point around the halfway mark
of the headliner and drove to the $2,000 triumph over Tim
Isenberg, Chad Mahder, Dave Fieber, and Taylor Scheffler!
Earlier in the week, Jimmy piloted his own
#28 machine on Wednesday evening, August 10 at Deer Creek
Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The Lucas Oil MLRA
Series came to town to preside over a $5,000 to win, mid-week
shootout. Jimmy ran second in his heat race prior to starting
the 40-lapper from the pole position. After officially leading
a single lap on the third circuit, the popular driver known
as the "Iceman" wound up third in the final finishing
order behind only victor Jesse Stovall and runner-up Ryan
Gustin. Complete results from both shows can be viewed by
clicking on www.mlraracing.com
(Tom Loos Photo)
MARS GETS $2,500
WIN DURING USA NATIONALS!
7, 2016) The Mars Racing team had a hectic
week in store for them in their home state of Wisconsin
from August 2-6 with high-profile events at both Shawano
Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin and Cedar Lake Speedway in
New Richmond, Wisconsin. Things kicked off with a $10,000
to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdown
on Tuesday at Shawano and Jimmy Mars promptly posted the
second quickest lap in qualifying before winning his loaded
heat race. Jimmy was then slated to roll off from the pole
position in the 50-lapper, but an unapproved tire change
in what was deemed to be the staging area prior to the race
sent him to the tail end of the field. After only six circuits,
the Menomonie, Wisconsin star opted to pull off the racing
surface in disgust and wound up twenty-fourth in the final
Action quickly shifted to Cedar Lake on Thursday
for the start of the 29th edition of the 'USA Nationals.'
Jimmy qualified well during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series time trials, but unfortunately got into the
wall on the opening lap of his heat race, which ended his
night early and kept him out of the $6,000 to win preliminary
feature. The popular driver known as the "Iceman"
then battled back to click off the fastest time in Group
B during Friday's qualifying session before finishing second
in his heat race. After starting the $50,000 to win crown
jewel main event on Saturday evening from the outside of
the sixth row, Jimmy fought hard for a top ten finish before
eventually recording an eleventh place effort in the 100-lap
The #28 team also entered a NASCAR Late Model
during the 'USA Nationals' weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway
and were able to claim their second feature win of 2016,
along with an additional runner-up performance. Jimmy finished
second behind winner Jason Krohn in the $2,500 to win show
on Friday, while he led from flag-to-flag in Saturday's
30-lapper. Jimmy celebrated the $2,500 triumph in victory
lane by besting Krohn, A.J. Diemel, Jake Redetzke, and Darrell
Nelson! Full results from both Shawano and Cedar Lake can
be obtained by clicking on www.woolms.com