MARS' WEEK AT ELDORA A SHORT ONE...
10, 2021) The Mars Racing team recently struck out to
the famed Eldora Speedway to compete in double 'World 100s' at the
Rossburg, Ohio facility. The 51st Annual 'World 100' kicked off
on Wednesday night, September 8 with a pair of Twin 25 prelims -
each boasting a $10,000 paycheck. Jimmy Mars timed in eighteenth
fastest in his group during qualifying prior to placing third in
his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the sixth
row in the 25-lap sprint, Jimmy slid back to post a twenty-first
place performance in the opener.
On Thursday evening, September 9 at the "Big
E," a whopping $54,000 top prize was up for grabs in the 'World
100.' Jimmy's #28 MB Customs mount showed speed in his heat race
and he was vying for a transfer position until a blown tire sent
him hard into the outside retaining wall. The Menomonie, Wisconsin
native wound up twelfth in his heat race and unfortunately did not
start the 100-lap crown jewel headliner that was ultimately won
by Brandon Overton. The heavy damage to the car forced Mars Racing
to head home and Jimmy did not compete in the 50th Annual 'World
100' over the weekend at Eldora Speedway. Full results from the
action-packed week in the Buckeye State can be found online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
PAIR OF TOP TENS AT DAVENPORT
29, 2021) The inaugural running of the 'Quad Cities 150'
took place from August 26-28 and brought the Mars Racing team to
Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa for the three-day World of
Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series show. Things kicked off
in the Hawkeye State with a pair of $10,000 to win throwdowns. On
Thursday night in the opener, Jimmy Mars placed third in his loaded
heat race before climbing three spots in the 40-lap feature en route
to a strong eighth place performance. On the 1/4-mile oval on Friday
evening, Jimmy ran second in his heat race, drew the fifth starting
spot for the main event, and eventually placed seventh in the final
finishing order of the 40-lapper.
On Saturday, a whopping $30,000 paycheck was up for
grabs in the 'Quad Cities 150' grand finale. Jimmy grabbed the third
transfer spot through his stacked heat race and later rolled off
from the inside of the fifth row in the 70-lap finale. The Menomonie,
Wisconsin Hall of Famer then blitzed all the way up to third in
the running order before unfortunately slipping over the banking
in between turns three and four on lap 49. Jimmy chose to retire
from the contest at that point and headed to the pit area with a
disappointing fifteenth place showing. Complete results from each
of these three races can be found by logging onto www.woolms.com.
IN RUMBLE BY THE RIVER 40
21, 2021) The Mars Racing team competed in one lone event
over the weekend, as they ventured to Mississippi Thunder Speedway
in Fountain City, Wisconsin on Friday night, August 20. The Dirt
Kings Tour sanctioned the annual running of the 'Rumble by the River
40' and 25 competitors showed up to do battle for the $5,000 winner's
check. Jimmy Mars won his heat race from the fifth starting spot
and later rolled off from the inside of the third row in the 40-lap
feature event as well. Jimmy then moved up to the second position
and eventually netted a strong runner-up performance - 0.448 of
a second behind only victor Chad Mahder! Full results from the 'Rumble
by the River 40' can be viewed online by clicking on www.mississippithunder.com.
ANOTHER MAHDER 55 TITLE!!
14, 2021) For the fourth time in recent years (2017, 2018,
2019, & 2021), Jimmy Mars stood tall in victory lane in the
'Duane Mahder Memorial 55' at the nearby Red Cedar Speedway! On
Friday night, August 13 at the Menomonie, Wisconsin oval, Jimmy
advanced six spots during his heat race to finish second and later
rolled off from the outside of the third row in the Structural Buildings
WISSOTA Challenge Series special. (Chris Burback
The popular driver known as "The Iceman"
then fell back early in the race before charging back to the front
and eventually blasting past leader Pat Doar on a lap 13 restart.
Jimmy then held the point for the remainder of the 55-lap headliner
to secure the $5,555 top prize ahead of a top five that consisted
of Doar, Jake Redetzke, A.J. Diemel, and Nick Anvelink! Full results
from Red Cedar Speedway can be viewed online at www.wissotachallengeseries.com.
SIXTH AT OUTAGAMIE & CEDAR LAKE
8, 2021) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team competed in a huge
week with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
in their home state of Wisconsin from August 3-7. On Tuesday night
in a $10,000 to win contest at Outagamie Speedway in Seymour, Wisconsin,
Jimmy posted the third fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying
session prior to picking up a heat race triumph. After drawing the
third starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap
main event, the Menomonie, Wisconsin naive fought hard for a top
five showing before winding up sixth at the checkered flag.
At Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
on Thursday evening, a $6,000 top prize was up for grabs in the
opening night of the 'USA Nationals.' Jimmy placed second in his
loaded heat race and later advanced up to sixth in the 30-lapper,
which was pushed back to Friday due to rain showers. He then finished
seventh in his first heat race for the 'USA Nationals' before securing
a victory in his final prelim. The popular driver known as "The
Iceman" racked up the fifteenth most passing points during
the double heat race format and rolled off from the inside of the
eighth row in Saturday's $50,000 to win crown jewel main event.
Unfortunately, Jimmy's night was a short one, as he was caught up
in an early incident and wound up placing twenty-third in the final
finishing order of the 100-lap headliner. Full results can be located
online at www.woolms.com.
FIFTH WIN OF SEASON AT RICE LAKE!
1, 2021) National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Jimmy
Mars was busy with the Structural Buildings WISSOTA Challenge Series
in his home state of Wisconsin from July 29-31 and was able to record
his fifth triumph of the 2021 racing season! On Saturday night at
Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Jimmy advanced three
spots in his heat race to finish second and later rolled off from
the outside of the second row in the 40-lap 'Swant Graber Motors
40.' Jimmy then streaked past leader Steve Laursen with an outside
move to grab the point on lap 30 and led the remainder of the feature
distance to pocket the $2,000 top prize ahead of Laursen, Rick Hanestad,
Jake Redetzke, and his son Sam Mars!
Earlier in the hectic extended weekend, the Mars Racing team was
in the pit area on Thursday at ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin
for the 'Tanner Byholm Memorial,' which shelled out a $3,444 winner's
check. Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary action and later moved
up three positions during the 44-lap headliner en route to a fifth
place performance behind only victor Jesse Glenz, Pat Doar, Derek
Vesel, and John Kaanta.
At Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin on Friday, a pair
of $2,000 paydays were on the line in the annual running of the
'Twin Ports Twin 25s.' After climbing to third in his heat race,
Jimmy started second on the grid in the first 25-lapper, but unfortunately
suffered a flat tire and was relegated to an eighteenth place showing.
That put him starting from the outside of the ninth row in the final
'Twin Ports Twin 25' and the Menomonie, Wisconsin native made the
most it by passing twelve competitors on his way to a steady sixth
place effort. Full results from each of these WISSOTA Challenge
Series races can be viewed online at www.wissotachallengeseries.com.
SUFFERS EARLY FLAT TIRE AT CLS
25, 2021) The Mars Racing team invaded the renowned Cedar
Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Saturday night, July
24. A Late Model special was held at CLS last night and a $5,000
top prize was up for grabs. Jimmy Mars won his heat race in preliminary
action and later started the 40-lap headliner from the inside of
the second row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace then unfortunately
suffered a flat tire during an early red flag period and retired
from the contest in the nineteenth finishing position. Full results
from Cedar Lake Speedway can be viewed online by clicking on www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
WOOLMS SWING IN UPPER MIDWEST
18, 2021) A hectic swing with the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series wrapped up tonight at the nearby Red
Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin. At his hometown venue, Jimmy
Mars knocked down the third quickest lap in Group B during qualifying
prior to securing a popular heat race triumph. After drawing the
fourth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the $10,000
to win headliner, Jimmy fell backwards early in the 40-lap distance,
but made a late race charge to nab a strong fourth place effort
behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Cade Dillard, and Chris Madden!
(July 17, 2021) A visit to I-94 Sure
Step Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minnesota was up next for the Mars
Racing team tonight, as another $10,000 top prize was on the line.
Jimmy Mars stopped the clock thirteenth quickest in World of Outlaws
Morton Buildings Late Model Series qualifying before grabbing the
fourth transfer spot through his heat race. Jimmy then moved up
three spots during the course of the 40-lap affair to land in the
seventh finishing position.
(July 16, 2021) Another $10,000 payday
was up for grabs with the WOOLMS tour tonight at River Cities Speedway
in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Jimmy Mars clicked off the third fastest
lap in Group A during the qualifying session before securing a triumph
in his heat race. After starting the 40-lap feature from the outside
of the front row, Jimmy battled hard for the lead with polesitter
Dennis Erb, Jr., officially led lap 22, and eventually earned a
stellar runner-up performance behind only victor Erb, Jr.
(July 13, 2021) Action heated back
up with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
tonight at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. Jimmy Mars
posted the seventh fastest lap overall during the qualifying session
before slipping back to fifth in his stacked heat race. The "Iceman"
then charged forward in the $10,000 to win headliner and passed
six competitors during the 40-lapper en route to a steady seventh
(July 10, 2021) With the carburetor
problems from last night unable to be fixed before tonight's doubleheader
finale at Jackson Motorplex, Mars Racing opted to load up and skip
out on the $20,000 to win showdown tonight in Jackson, Minnesota.
Jimmy Mars will return to World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late
Model Series action on Tuesday, July 13 at Gondik Law Speedway in
(July 9, 2021) A busy upcoming World
of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series swing through the
Upper Midwest got underway tonight at the pristine Jackson Motorplex
in Jackson, Minnesota! Jimmy Mars knocked down the fourth fastest
lap overall during the qualifying session before slipping back to
fifth in his heat race due to carburetor issues. The same problems
then persisted in the $10,000 to win headliner and Jimmy was forced
to retire early from the 40-lapper, which dropped him to a fifteenth
OFF LAST LAP PASS FOR WIN!
26, 2021) Menomonie, Wisconsin Hall of Famer Jimmy Mars
claimed another exciting feature win on Friday night, June 25 at
I-94 Sure Step Speedway, which upped his 2021 win total to four!
Jimmy placed third in his heat race at the Fergus Falls, Minnesota
facility and later started the Structural Buildings WISSOTA Challenge
Series main event from the outside of the fifth row. The popular
driver known as "The Iceman" then rallied through the
top ten and eventually swept by leader Pat Doar on the final circuit.
Jimmy was able to beat Doar, Jeffrey Massingill, Darrell Nelson,
and Shane Edginton to the checkered flag to bag the $2,000 winner's
check! You can read more about Jimmy's ninth career WCS triumph
by logging onto www.wissotachallengeseries.com.
VICTORIOUS IN MASTERS FINALE!
20, 2021) Jimmy Mars recorded his third victory of the
2021 season and his biggest win to date on Saturday, June 19 in
the annual 'Masters' grand finale at Cedar Lake Speedway in New
Richmond, Wisconsin! Jimmy, who finished second in Thursday's $3,000
to win Late Model opener at CLS and third in Friday's $5,000 to
win program, capped off the three-day weekend in victorious and
thrilling fashion on Saturday evening. After advancing three spots
in his heat race to finish third, Jimmy streaked from the seventh
starting position to lead on a couple of different occasions during
the 50-lapper. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace then executed a perfect
last-lap, high-side pass on John Kaanta to bag the $10,000 top prize
for his 55th career Cedar Lake triumph! (Jason
The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer also entered an
Open Wheel Modified during the lucrative 'Masters' weekend. Jimmy
placed third in his heat race on Thursday night before winding up
twelfth in the $3,000 to win feature, while he ran second in his
heat race, led laps 5-8 of the $5,000 to win main event, and eventually
finished sixth in Friday's 40-lapper. In the finale on Saturday,
which also boasted a $10,000 winner's check, Jimmy won his B-Main
before being paid for a seventeenth place effort in the headliner.
Full results from each of the three days during the 'Masters' weekend
can be viewed online at www.cedarlakespeedway.com.
GREMLINS HAUNT MARS AT ELDORA
11, 2021) The Mars Racing team trekked to the famed Eldora
Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on June 9-10 to compete in the 27th edition
of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' On Wednesday in his Twin 25 preliminary
program, Jimmy Mars unfortunately slapped the wall in his heat race
and finished ninth. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace then scratched
from his B-Main and did not transfer into the $10,000 to win prelim
feature. More bad luck struck on Thursday evening at the "Big
E," as Jimmy wound up twelfth in his loaded heat race and missed
out on the $127,000 to win headliner as well.
Following Thursday's action at the hallowed 1/2-mile
speedplant, the #28 team made the decision to leave the Buckeye
State and did not compete in the 26th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream,'
which was held on Friday and Saturday. Full results from the "Double
Dreams" can be accessed online by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
ISSUES LATE IN RIVER CITY RUMBLE
5, 2021) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team invaded Mississippi
Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin on Friday evening,
June 4 for the annual running of the 'River City Rumble.' The Lucas
Oil MLRA Series sanctioned the single-day program, which drew 28
competitors to the Badger State oval to do battle for a $10,000
top prize. Jimmy earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session
and later secured a heat race triumph during preliminary action.
After starting the 50-lap contest from the outside
of the front row, Jimmy raced all over the top ten early in the
distance before making a charge back up to second before the halfway
mark in the race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace was then tracking
down leader Tony Jackson, Jr. and made several bids for the lead
until slowing to draw a lap 39 caution flag. Jimmy wound up retiring
from the 'River City Rumble' in the fifteenth finishing position.
Full results from Mississippi Thunder Speedway can be viewed online