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MARS CHARGES TO RUNNER-UP IN FALL CLASSIC!
(October 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.

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JIMMY MARS BUSY DURING RED CLAY CLASSIC
(October 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.

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MARS OWNS PUNKY MANOR CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS!
(September 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)

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JIMMY MARS CLIMBS TO SIXTH IN KNOXVILLE NAT'S!
(September 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.

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MARS EARNS PODIUM FINISH IN WORLD 100 PRELIM!
(September 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.

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JIMMY MARS WINS $20,000 IN WORKING MAN WEEKEND!
(September 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 and www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Battin Photo)

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MARS POCKETS $8,000 IN GEORGE SCHEFFLER MEMORIAL!
(August 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. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

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THIRD WIN OF 2016 FOR MARS COMES AT SPRING LAKE!
(August 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 and www.springlakespeedway.com. (Tom Loos Photo)

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MARS GETS $2,500 WIN DURING USA NATIONALS!
(August 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 finishing order.

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 grind.

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 and www.cedarlakespeedway.com.

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JIMMY MARS RUNNER-UP IN FAYETTE CO. FAIR RACE
(July 31, 2016)
Jimmy Mars and his #28 team invaded Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa on Friday night, July 29 for the Fayette County Fair Race. The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series presided over the single-day throwdown in the Hawkeye State and a $5,000 winner's check was on the line. Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary action and later started and finished second in the headliner behind only race winner Chad Simpson - despite leading much of the feature distance. Saturday's $5,454 to win Corn Belt Clash tilt at Lafayette County Speedway in Darlington, Wisconsin was then halted by inclement weather. Complete results from Friday's visit to Fayette County can be found online at www.cornbeltclash.com.

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MARS COLLECTED IN EARLY SILVER DOLLAR WRECK...
(July 24, 2016)
Mars Racing made the trip to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on July 22-23 for the 6th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Series and boasted a whopping $40,000 payday. The unique format kicked off on Friday night with double heat races and passing points set the lineup for Saturday's portion of the program. Jimmy Mars ran third in both of his heat races on Friday and earned the fourteenth most passing points in doing so.

After starting Saturday evening's 80-lap crown jewel main event from the outside of the seventh row, Jimmy was unfortunately collected in a wreck with Tyler Erb on the thirteenth circuit. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout was forced to retire with damage to his #28 mount and wound up thirty-fifth in the final finishing order. Complete results from the 'Silver Dollar Nationals' weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

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JIMMY MARS WRAPS UP RAINY WILD WEST TOUR...
(July 16, 2016)
Jimmy Mars and his #28 team were scheduled to wrap up the Wild West Tour with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series from July 13-15 in three more extravaganzas - each of which carried a $10,000 winner's check. However, with rain-outs on Thursday at Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota and on Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the lone event to escape the wrath of Mother Nature came on Wednesday evening at Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Jimmy knocked down the sixth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session at Ogilvie and later finished fourth in his stacked heat race. During the course of the 50-lap main event, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star was able to work his way past a couple of competitors to record a steady tenth place performance at the 3/8-mile facility. Complete results from Ogilvie and the rest of the Wild West Tour stops can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.

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MARS EARNS PAIR OF TOP FIVES ON WILD WEST TOUR!
(July 10, 2016)
Mars Racing struck out to the states of Iowa and Minnesota from July 7-9 to enter a trio of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series programs. Things kicked off on Thursday night at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa with an $8,000 to win showdown. Jimmy Mars posted the fifth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row before the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap headliner, Jimmy paced the stellar field for the first 33 circuits before eventually winding up second behind only race winner Brian Shirley!

On Friday evening, a $10,000 top prize was on the line at Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa. Jimmy placed fifth in his stacked heat race and later finished the caution-free 50-lap main event in the seventeenth spot. The tripleheader then wrapped up on Saturday with the annual running of the 'Gopher 50' at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, as an $11,000 winner's check was up for grabs. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star ran third in heat race action prior to advancing to fifth in the 50-lapper to trail only victor Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, and Chad Simpson at the checkers. Complete results can be obtained online at www.woolms.com.

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JIMMY MARS PILOTS FATHER-IN-LAW'S CAR AT RCS
(July 2, 2016)
In the lone event that Jimmy Mars entered over the Independence Day holiday weekend, he piloted his father-in-law's MB Customs mount on Friday, July 1 at the nearby Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the $1,000 to win weekly Late Model feature from the outside of the fourth row. With passing at a premium, Jimmy got stuck in the wrong lane on a double-file restart in the rubber and eventually netted a ninth place finish in the A-Main. Full results from Red Cedar Speedway can be viewed online at www.redcedarspeedway.com.

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MARS SIXTH AT GRANITE CITY; THIRD AT FAIRBURY!
(June 26, 2016)
The Mars Racing team headed south to the Land of Lincoln on June 24-25 for a pair of $10,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals battles. On Friday night at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Jimmy Mars timed in second fastest in Group A during qualifying prior to running second in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap headliner from the outside of the third row, Jimmy wound up finishing right where he started... in the sixth spot behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Ryan Unzicker, Chris Simpson, and Brandon Sheppard.

At Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, a $10,000 top prize awaited the winner of another "Hell Tour" stop. Jimmy clicked off the third quickest lap in Group A during the time trial session and later ran second in his loaded heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then rolled off from the inside of the third row in the 50-lapper before muscling up to third at the checkers to finish behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Billy Moyer. Complete results from both weekend races can be found online at www.thehelltour.com.

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JIMMY MARS SOLID IN CEDAR LAKE'S MASTERS
(June 19, 2016)
Jimmy Mars and his #28 team made the short trek to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on June 17-18 for the annual running of the 'Masters' weekend. The UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals doubleheader kicked off on Friday night with a $5,000 to win shootout. Jimmy advanced up to third in his heat race and later started the 40-lapper from the outside of the fourth row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then powered past a trio of competitors during the main event on his way to a strong fifth place performance behind only winner Billy Moyer, Jason Krohn, Chris Simpson, and Bobby Pierce.

On Saturday evening at CLS, a $10,000 top prize was on the line in the 'Masters' finale. Jimmy timed in sixth quickest in his group during UMP qualifying, but later stormed to the front in his heat race to score the prelim victory. After rolling off from the inside of the second row in the 50-lap feature event, the popular driver known as the "Iceman" ran amongst the leaders before dropping to sixth at the checkered flag. Complete results from both "Hell Tour" shows can be accessed online at www.thehelltour.com.

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MARS TACKLES DREAM XXII WEEKEND AT ELDORA
(June 12, 2016)
Mars Racing made their way to the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on June 9-11 for the 22nd edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' The dirt-slinging action got underway at the "Big E" with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs. On Thursday night, Jimmy Mars ran sixth in his heat race, but unfortunately got into the wall during the B-Main and was not able to transfer into the $5,000 to win feature event. In the $10,000 to win show on Friday evening, Jimmy grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race and later climbed to twelfth in the 25-lap sprint.

In front of a huge crowd on Saturday, a whopping $100,000 winner's check was up for grabs in 'Dream XXII.' Jimmy placed seventh in his stacked heat race, but later earned the third transfer position in exciting fashion in his B-Main. After rolling off from the outside of the thirteenth row in the 100-lap contest, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star tried to move forward early in the distance before ultimately retiring from the race in twenty-fifth. Complete results from the action-packed weekend in the Buckeye State can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

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JIMMY MARS GETS PAIR OF TOP FIVES IN MLRA ACTION
(June 4, 2016)
Jimmy Mars and his #28 team ventured to the Hawkeye State of Iowa on June 2-3 for a pair of $3,000 to win Lucas Oil MLRA Series showdowns. On Thursday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Jimmy ran fifth in heat race action and later started the 30-lap headliner from the outside of the sixth row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout then proceeded to pick off seven competitors during the feature en route to a strong fifth place showing behind only winner Jesse Stovall, Jordan Yaggy, Rodney Sanders, and Chad Simpson.

At Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on Friday evening, Jimmy and the other competitors in attendance competed for another $3,000 paycheck. Jimmy moved up four spots in his heat race to finish second prior to rolling off from the pole position in the 40-lap main event. The popular driver known as "The Iceman" then paced the field for the first 34 circuits before getting passed in lapped traffic, which dropped him to a runner-up effort behind only victor Chris Simpson. Complete results from both weekend battles can be found online at www.mlraracing.com.

 

 


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