FIFTH AT FALS; EIGHTH AT LASALLE
12, 2020) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team ventured south to
the Land of Lincoln from October 9-11 to compete in the final three
MARS Racing Series contests, which also marked their last Super
Late Model events of the 2020 season. At Peoria Speedway in Peoria,
Illinois on Friday night in the weekend opener, Jimmy timed in fifth
fastest in Group B during qualifying before running third in his
stacked heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace then rolled off
from the inside of the sixth row in the $5,000 to win headliner
and was up inside of the top ten early in the race when he unfortunately
lost a bout with an infield tire, which caused heavy damage and
relegated him to a disappointing twenty-second place effort.
(Todd Healy Photo)
On Saturday evening, the dirt-slinging action quickly
moved to Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois for the
annual running of 'FALS Frenzy,' which boasted a hefty $15,000 top
prize. Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary action, started the
50-lap main event from the pole position, and eventually crossed
underneath the checkers in the fifth finishing position behind only
race winner Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Shannon Babb, and Kyle
Strickler. In the weekend finale on Sunday at LaSalle Speedway in
LaSalle, Illinois, Jimmy once again secured a heat race triumph
before slipping to eighth in the final rundown of the $10,000 to
win feature. Complete results from the season-ending MARS triple
shot can be located online by clicking on www.marsracingseries.com.
IN FALL FRENZY OPENER
27, 2020) The Mars Racing team headed back to Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin over the September 25-26 weekend
for the inaugural running of the 'Fall Frenzy.' Prior to Friday's
opening night, drivers opted to split the two-day show into two
separate programs - each of which was scheduled to pay $1,750 to
the winner. Jimmy Mars placed fifth in his Late Model heat race
and later rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in the feature
event. With passing at a premium, Jimmy was able to move up five
positions to nab an eighth place performance. Mother Nature then
scored the victory on Saturday evening at Cedar Lake, as the second
$1,750 to win event was washed out. Full results from the rain-shortened
'Fall Frenzy' can be viewed by clicking on www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
CAPTURES THIRD CHECKERED FLAG!
20, 2020) Jimmy Mars was very busy over the huge 'Legendary
100' weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway from September 17-19, as he
racked up one win, five Top Five finishes, and six Top Ten efforts
in Late Model and Modified action! Behind the wheel of his #28 MB
Customs Late Model, Jimmy started off the three-day weekend at the
New Richmond, Wisconsin oval by finishing second on Thursday behind
only $1,000 winner James Giossi. Jimmy then set Fast Time in qualifying
on Friday prior to picking up the $1,250 top prize for his third
feature win of 2020 over Dustin Sorensen, James Giossi, A.J. Diemel,
and Marshall Fegers. In Saturday's $3,000 to win grand finale, the
Menomonie, Wisconsin star wound up fourth at the checkers behind
only victor Jesse Glenz, James Giossi, and Darrell Nelson.
He also wheeled an Open Wheel Modified over the extended
weekend in the Badger State. Jimmy posted finishes of fourth in
Thursday's $700 to win opener, third in Friday's $800 to win main
event, and tenth in the finale on Saturday evening, which carried
a $2,000 paycheck. Complete results from the 'Legendary 100' weekend
at Cedar Lake Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
IN SUPERIOR SPECIAL!
13, 2020) Jimmy Mars and his Mars Racing team ventured
north to Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin on September
11-12 for the 'Russ Laursen Late Model Classic.' The WISSOTA Late
Model special drew a 24 car field to the Badger State oval to do
battle for the $5,519 top prize. (Shooterguy
On Friday night, Jimmy improved five spots in his
first heat race to finish second and later wound up third in his
final heat race of the evening. After running fifth in the fast
dash, Jimmy started the 40-lap headliner on Saturday from the inside
of the third row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout then steered
to the front in the feature, made a bid for the lead on several
different occasions, and eventually netted a strong runner-up performance
behind only race winner Pat Doar. Full results from the 'Russ Laursen
Late Model Classic' can be viewed online at www.gondiklawspeedway.com.
RUNNER-UP AT ASHLAND!
4, 2020) The Mars Racing team competed in one lone event
over the Labor Day holiday weekend, as they tackled the 'Prelude
to the Clay' at ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin on Thursday night,
September 3. The WISSOTA Late Model special drew a solid 27 car
field to vie for the $3,000 winner's check. Jimmy Mars took the
win in his heat race and later drew the seventh starting spot before
the drop of the green flag in the A-Main. Jimmy then blitzed to
the front of the field, took the lead on lap 28, and held the point
until the very last lap. Unfortunately, the Menomonie, Wisconsin
ace was passed on the final circuit by Jeffrey Massingill and was
forced to settle for a strong runner-up performance. Complete results
from ABC Raceway can be viewed online at www.abcraceway.com.
PAIR OF TOP FIVES AT MTS!
29, 2020) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team were back in the
pit area at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin
on Friday night, August 28 for a pair of Late Model events. In the
rain-postponed 'Dairyland Showdown' from the week prior, which boasted
a $5,000 paycheck, Jimmy rolled off from the outside of the fifth
row in the 40-lap main event. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then
steered past eight competitors during the contest to land in the
runner-up spot behind only victor Chad Simpson!
In the full program at MTS, Jimmy started off the
evening by laying down the second fastest lap in his group during
qualifying before running second in his heat race. After starting
the $2,000 to win headliner from the outside of the second row,
Jimmy wound up finishing right where he started... in the fourth
spot behind only race winner Chad Simpson, Dustin Sorenson, and
Lance Matthees. Complete results from both of these features can
be accessed online by visiting www.mississippithunder.com.
RALLIES AT CEDAR LAKE
(August 23, 2020) Mars Racing entered
a pair of $5,000 to win shootouts at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
in Fountain City, Wisconsin and Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond,
Wisconsin over the August 21-22 weekend. On Friday night in the
'Dairyland Showdown' at MTS, Jimmy Mars placed fourth in his heat
race and was scheduled to roll off from the inside of the sixth
row in the 40-lap main event. However, Mother Nature intervened
and the rain showers pushed back the feature until Friday, August
28. At Cedar Lake on Saturday evening, Jimmy ran eighth in his loaded
heat race and fifth in the B-Main, but later put on a show during
the headliner to pass sixteen competitors en route to a strong fifth
place effort. At the checkers, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star trailed
only winner James Giossi, Darrell Nelson, A.J. Diemel, and John
Kaanta. Complete results from CLS can be viewed online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
PODIUM IN USA NATIONALS!
9, 2020) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team competed in one of
their favorite events of the season from August 6-8, as the 33rd
edition of the 'USA Nationals' was held at the renowned Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. On Thursday night in the $6,000
to win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series weekend
lid lifter, Jimmy stopped the clock tenth fastest in Group B during
qualifying before placing fifth in his stacked heat race. After
grabbing the third and final transfer spot through his consolation
race, Jimmy was an early retiree in the 30-lap feature and was eventually
paid for a twenty-fifth place showing.
At Cedar Lake on Friday evening, a double set of qualifying
heat races were held to help determine the line-ups for Saturday's
crown jewel headliner, which once again boasted a whopping $50,000
paycheck. Jimmy finished fifth in his first heat race of the night,
while he wound up a close second in his final prelim. After amassing
the ninth most passing points in preliminary action, the Menomonie,
Wisconsin ace rolled off from the inside of the fifth row in Saturday's
100-lap 'USA Nationals.' Gunning for his third race title, Jimmy
was able to blast past six competitors during the extra-distance
affair to garner an impressive third place podium effort behind
only race winner Brandon Overton and runner-up Rick Eckert!
Mars Racing also entered the pair of CLS Late Model
shows held over the busy 'USA Nationals' weekend. Jimmy placed second
in his heat race on Friday night prior to moving past four competitors
during the $2,500 to win main event to finish fourth behind only
race winner Jesse Glenz, James Giossi, and A.J. Diemel. On Saturday
evening in a similar $2,500 to win program for the local Late Models,
Jimmy ran fourth in his heat race, but later scratched for the remainder
of the event to put his sole focus and effort on the Super Late
Model grand finale. Complete results from the entire weekend can
be located online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
NETS MARS TWIN 25 WIN!
5, 2020) The Mars Racing team enjoyed a hectic stretch
of racing action from July 28-August 4, as they entered events across
the states of Iowa and Wisconsin. On Tuesday night, July 28, the
team dropped into Davenport Speedway to compete in a $10,000 to
win World of Outlaws Late Model Series special on the 1/4-mile track
at the Davenport, Iowa facility. Jimmy timed in only tenth fastest
in Group B during qualifying, but later advanced up to third in
his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the
sixth row in the 50-lap main event, Jimmy roared past eight competitors
during the entertaining contest to leave the Hawkeye State with
a sterling fourth place effort behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard,
Cade Dillard, and Jimmy Owens! (Shooterguy
Over the weekend, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star found
himself in competition at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin
and Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. On Friday in the
annual 'Twin Ports Twin 25s' in Superior, Jimmy ran third in his
heat race prior to passing seven competitors during the first 25-lapper
to finish a strong runner-up behind only winner James Giossi. After
a 15-car invert for the second feature, Jimmy stormed from the outside
of the seventh row to lead the final four circuits to land his second
triumph of the 2020 season. The popular driver known as the "Iceman"
beat Rick Hanestad, Mike Prochnow, Deven VanHouse, and Jeffrey Massingill
to the checkers to claim the $2,020 payday!
At Rice Lake on Saturday in the 4th edition of the 'Mahder 55,'
Jimmy was looking for his fourth straight victory in the event,
which is normally held at his hometown Red Cedar Speedway. After
picking up a heat race win, Jimmy moved up to as high as second
in the running order before slipping back to fourth at the checkers
to trail only $5,555 winner Kevin Adams, A.J. Diemel, and Darrell
Nelson. Action then continued for Mars Racing on Tuesday evening,
August 4 at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, but Jimmy
unfortunately suffered terminal issues early in the night and was
forced to scratch from the $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series program. Complete results from these
races can be viewed online at www.woolms.com,
IN ACTION WITH OUTLAWS
15, 2020) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team returned to World
of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series competition on Tuesday
night, July 14 at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. A
strong field of drivers were on hand to do battle for the $10,000
top prize in a special mid-week showdown. Jimmy clicked off the
sixth quickest lap in Group B during the qualifying session prior
to grabbing the third transfer spot through his loaded heat race.
Unfortunately, Jimmy was an early retiree in the 50-lap main event
and the Menomonie, Wisconsin ace settled for a twenty-second place
performance at the Badger State speedplant. Complete results from
last night at the former Superior Speedway can be viewed online
RUNNER-UP AT PLYMOUTH!
12, 2020) Mars Racing followed the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series tour to a pair of Badger State venues
over the July 10-11 weekend for two separate $10,000 to win programs.
On Friday night at Outagamie Speedway in Seymour, Wisconsin, Jimmy
Mars started off the evening by laying down the third quickest time
in Group B during qualifying before finishing second in heat race
action. After redrawing the eighth starting spot prior to the drop
of the green flag in the 50-lap main event, Jimmy was unfortunately
an early retiree during the action-packed race and was officially
paid for a twenty-second place effort.
At Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin on Saturday
evening, another $10,000 top prize was up for grabs with the national
touring series. Jimmy knocked down the sixth fastest lap in Group
B during time trials and later secured a popular heat race triumph.
After drawing the pole position for the 50-lap headliner, the Menomonie,
Wisconsin hotshoe stayed near the front throughout the feature distance
and eventually nabbed an impressive runner-up performance behind
only victor Brandon Sheppard! Complete results from the doubleheader
weekend can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
IN CEDAR LAKE SPECTACULAR
5, 2020) The #28 team made the short trek to the renowned
Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin from July 2-4 for
a special Independence Day weekend spectacular, which featured both
the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and the
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. The three-day extravaganza
in the Badger State started on Thursday night with two separate
rounds of qualifying and a $3,000 to win elimination showdown. Jimmy
Mars earned Fast Time honors in qualifying for Friday and knocked
down the sixth quickest lap for Saturday prior to winding up fifteenth
in the final rundown of the night's preliminary feature.
A pair of $20,000 top prizes were then on the line
over the weekend at Cedar Lake. Jimmy placed third in his loaded
heat race on Friday night and later advanced up to sixth in the
40-lap main event to trail only victor Ashton Winger, Brandon Sheppard,
Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb, Jr., and Darrell Lanigan. In front of the
CBS Sports Network cameras in Saturday's grand finale, Jimmy secured
a heat race triumph before driving to a strong fifth place effort
in the 40-lapper behind only race winner Brandon Sheppard, Cade
Dillard, Ricky Weiss, and Dennis Erb, Jr. Complete results from
all three contests can be viewed online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
KICKS OFF MASTERS WITH WIN!
14, 2020) The Mars Racing team captured their first victory
of the 2020 racing season in the 21st Annual 'Masters' opener on
Thursday night, June 11 at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New
Richmond, Wisconsin! Behind the wheel of his #28 MB Customs Late
Model, Jimmy Mars won his heat race and later led the last half
of the 30-lap feature event to claim the $3,000 payday ahead of
Pat Doar, Darrell Nelson, Jeffrey Massingill, and James Giossi.
Jimmy also flexed his muscle throughout the remainder of the 'Masters'
weekend, as he won two more Late Model heat races before finishing
an impressive runner-up to $5,000 winner Jesse Glenz on Friday and
$10,000 victor Rick Hanestad on Saturday.
Piloting the 300th MB Customs modified built out of
the Mars Race Cars shop, Jimmy also entered all three nights of
USMTS action during the 'Masters' extravaganza. His best showing
was during the $3,000 to win opener on Thursday when he won his
heat race prior to nabbing a strong third place podium effort behind
only race winner Rodney Sanders and runner-up Dustin Sorensen. On
Friday evening, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star finished third in
his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twenty-fifth in the $5,000
to win headliner. Jimmy then ran into issues in Saturday's finale
and scratched from the $10,000 to win program after running seventh
in his heat race. Full results from the hectic Cedar Lake weekend
can be found online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
(Tyler Rinken Photo)