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MARS HONORED TO BE A 2018 NDLMHOF INDUCTEE!
(October 26, 2017)
With his third place podium finish in an Open Wheel Modified last Friday night, October 20 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin during the 9th Annual 'Fall Festival,' Jimmy Mars capped off a strong 2017 campaign. Jimmy entered fifty-three different events this year - primarily in his familiar #28 MB Customs Super Late Model - and was able to drive to victory lane on five occasions. In addition, Jimmy accumulated twenty-seven Top Five performances throughout his season and thirty-seven Top Ten efforts. (thesportswire.net photo)

His 2017 season finale finish wasn't nearly the best thing that happened to the Menomonie, Wisconsin native over the weekend; however, as it was announced on Saturday that Jimmy will be a Class of 2018 inductee into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Next year's induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, August 11 during the 'North/South 100' weekend at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, which is the home of the Hall of Fame. | full story

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MARS SIXTH IN LATE MODEL; FOURTH IN MODIFIED
(October 1, 2017)
Menomonie, Wisconsin ace Jimmy Mars was in action in another late-season WISSOTA special on September 29-30 in the annual running of the 'Red Clay Classic' at ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin. On Friday night behind the wheel of his father-in-law's Late Model, Jimmy appeared to finish second in his heat race, but was later docked two spots for allegedly jumping the start of the race. He also won the Harry Hanson Lucky 7 Dash and donated the $700 winnings back to Hanson. After rolling off from the inside of the eighth row in Saturday's $5,000 to win 'Red Clay Classic,' Jimmy stormed through the pack in the 55-lap affair to earn a steady sixth place performance behind A.J. Diemel, Marshall Fegers, Harry Hanson, Steve Laursen, and Rick Hanestad.

In the WISSOTA Modified portion of the 42nd Annual 'Red Clay Classic,' Jimmy placed second in his heat race on Friday night and flexed his muscle throughout the $3,500 to win headliner on Saturday evening. The popular driver known as the "Iceman" battled hard for the second spot during the feature distance before eventually settling for a fourth place showing behind only victor Dave Cain, Jody Bellefeuille, and Jake Hartung. Complete results from the big weekend at ABC Raceway can be accessed online at www.abcraceway.com.

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JIMMY MARS BUSY DURING PUNKY MANOR WEEKEND
(September 24, 2017)
Jimmy Mars headed to his hometown Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin on September 22-23 for the 38th edition of the 'Punky Manor Challenge of Champions.' Behind the wheel of his father-in-law's WISSOTA Late Model, Jimmy won his heat race on Friday night and later started from the pole position in Saturday's $4,000 to win headliner. The popular driver known as the "Iceman" then hung around the front of the strong field throughout the 40-lapper and was running second with a handful of laps remaining when an incident with leader and eventual winner A.J. Diemel resulted in a flat tire on the red #28. Jimmy wound up retiring from the 'Punky Manor' special in the seventeenth position.

In WISSOTA Modified competition, Jimmy ran third in heat race action and later rolled off in the $2,000 to win main event on Saturday evening from the outside of the seventh row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace then put on a show in front of his hometown fans by blasting past eleven competitors during the 30-lap affair en route to a third place podium showing. Jimmy trailed only victor Jake Hartung and runner-up Dave Cain at the waving of the checkered flag. Complete results from Red Cedar Speedway can be accessed online at www.redcedarspeedway.com.

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MARS FOURTH IN $40,000 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS!
(September 17, 2017)
The Mars Racing team had another crown jewel event on their racing calendar from September 14-16 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again sanctioned the 14th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' A 56 car field assembled at the 1/2-mile Marion County Fairgrounds speedplant and things kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary events. On Thursday evening, Jimmy Mars ran second in his heat race prior to picking off ten competitors during the 25-lap sprint en route to a solid sixth place showing. At Knoxville on Friday night, Jimmy once again finished second in his stacked heat race and sixth in the 25-lapper.

By virtue of accumulating the tenth best point total during the prelims, Jimmy rolled off from the outside of the fifth row in Saturday's 100-lap grand finale. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout - who is the only driver to start all fourteen 'Knoxville Nationals' feature events - pitted multiple times during the first half of the race to tune on his MB Customs mount before making a charge late in the distance. Jimmy climbed all the way up to third in the running order before settling for an impressive fourth place effort behind only $40,000 victor Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport, and Jared Landers! Full results from the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' weekend can be found by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.

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JIMMY MARS ON PODIUM OF WORLD 100 TWIN 25!
(September 10, 2017)
The #28 team made the journey to the hallowed grounds of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 7-9 for the "Granddaddy of Them All" - the 47th Annual 'World 100.' The most prestigious event in our industry got underway with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs with each feature winner receiving $10,000 for their efforts. On Thursday night, Jimmy Mars scored the victory in his heat race prior to finishing a close third in the 25-lap main event behind only victor Darrell Lanigan and runner-up Jonathan Davenport. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, Jimmy grabbed the fourth transfer spot through his heat race before advancing up to twelfth in the 25-lapper.

When the calendar flipped to Saturday, the largest crowd in the history of the storied 1/2-mile speedplant was on hand to witness the 'World 100,' which boasted a hefty $50,000 windfall. Jimmy placed second in his stacked heat race behind only Hudson O'Neal and later rolled off from the outside of the sixth row in the 100-lap headliner. The Menomonie, Wisconsin native pitted under an early caution flag and eventually retired his MB Customs mount in the twenty-sixth position. Complete results from the three-day crown jewel spectacular can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.

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MARS CONQUERS PROCTOR FOR SILVER 1000 WIN!
(September 1, 2017)
Jimmy Mars, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, captured his second career 'Silver 1000' title on Thursday evening, August 31 at Proctor Speedway in Proctor, Minnesota! Jimmy improved three spots in his WISSOTA Late Model heat race to finish second and later rolled off from the inside of the second row in the headliner. The popular driver known as the "Iceman" then led the final twenty-two circuits to claim the $2,750 payday for his fifth feature win of 2017 over Jesse Glenz, Pat Doar, Marshall Fegers, and Jake Redetzke! Complete results from this year's edition of the 'Silver 1000' can be accessed online at www.proctorspeedway.com. (Tom Krob Photo)

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JIMMY MARS CLIMBS TO SIXTH AT OSHKOSH
(August 26, 2017)
One lone event was on the racing calendar for the Mars Racing team over the weekend, as they rolled into Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Friday evening, August 25 for the annual running of the 'George Scheffler Memorial.' The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series tour presided over the single-day shootout and a $9,000 winner's check was on the line. Jimmy Mars placed third in his loaded heat race and later rolled off from the inside of the sixth row in the 50-lap headliner. With passing at a premium throughout the distance, Jimmy was still able to steer past five racecars en route to a sixth place showing behind only winner Scott James, Billy Drake, Paul Parker, Chris Simpson, and Chad Simpson. Full results from the 'George Scheffler Memorial' can be located by clicking on www.cornbeltclash.com.

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MARS MASTERS RCS FOR MAHDER MEMORIAL WIN!
(August 12, 2017)
Jimmy Mars mastered his hometown Red Cedar Speedway on Friday night, August 11 to record his fourth triumph of the 2017 campaign in the 'Duane Mahder Memorial,' which was sanctioned by the WISSOTA Challenge Series! Jimmy scored the victory in his heat race as well, which landed him the outside of the front row for the start of the 55-lap special event. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then emerged victorious in the headliner to bag the $5,555 payday by beating Mike Prochnow, Rick Hanestad, Marshall Fegers, and John Kaanta to the checkered flag. Full results from the 'Duane Mahder Memorial' can be viewed by pointing your Internet browser to www.redcedarspeedway.com. (CRP Photos)

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LUCRATIVE STRETCH FOR #28 TEAM IN WISCONSIN
(August 5, 2017)
The 30th edition of the 'USA Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Jimmy Mars qualified nineteenth fastest in Group A last night during time trials and later placed sixth in his loaded heat race. Following a seventh place finish in his B-Main and a fourth place effort in the Last Chance Qualifier earlier tonight, Jimmy unfortunately missed out on the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' headliner, which was won by Don O'Neal.

(August 4, 2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Jimmy Mars ran fifth in his stacked heat race before nabbing the second transfer spot through his B-Main. Unfortunately, Jimmy was an early retiree in the 30-lap prelim with right rear damage and was officially placed twenty-first in the final finishing order.

(August 3, 2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.

(August 2, 2017) The #28 team made the overnight haul to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win event marked the eighth straight year that the national tour has hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile speedplant. Jimmy Mars knocked down the fifteenth quickest time overall during qualifying before placing fifth in his loaded heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin standout then worked his way past four competitors during the 50-lap finale en route to an eleventh place showing.

(August 1, 2017) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made their first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight and Mars Racing was in the pit area to vie for the $10,000 top prize. Jimmy Mars tripped the clock fifteenth fastest in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lapper from the inside of the eighth row, Jimmy motored past a handful of racecars on his way to a solid tenth place effort in the caution-free race.

(July 31, 2017) Jimmy Mars, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, racked up his third feature win of the 2017 campaign tonight at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin! The Dirt Kings Tour rolled into Plymouth and a strong 34 car field assembled in the pit area. Jimmy laid down the quickest time in his group during qualifying prior to claiming another heat race triumph. After rolling off from the outside of the second row in the 50-lap feature, Jimmy swapped the top spot with Jason Feger on several different occasions early in the distance before eventually leading the final sixteen circuits. The "Iceman" went on to bag the $4,000 payday in the caution-free affair over Brian Shirley, Jason Feger, Nick Anvelink, and Tyler Erb! (Eamon Bauman Photo)

(July 29, 2017) Next up for the #28 team was another WISSOTA Challenge Series event tonight at Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Jimmy Mars scored the victory in his heat race and later started the headliner from the outside of the second row. Jimmy was then able to move up inside of the top three to garner a third place podium performance in the $2,000 to win affair and trailed only victor A.J. Diemel and runner-up Marshall Fegers at the checkered flag.

(July 28, 2017) A hectic stretch of racing action for the Mars Racing team in their home state of Wisconsin kicked off tonight in the Twin Ports Twin 25s at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin. The WISSOTA Challenge Series presided over the pair of 25-lap feature events in northern Wisconsin, which paid $1,500 each to the winner. Jimmy Mars won his heat race in preliminary action and later placed second in the first 25-lapper behind only victor Rick Hanestad. In the final 25-lap main event of the evening, Jimmy crossed under the checkers third to the land on the podium behind only race winner John Kaanta and runner-up Jesse Glenz. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace picked up an extra $500 bonus, as he was the driver with the highest average finish between the Twin Ports Twin 25s!

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MARS ENTERS SILVER DOLLAR NATIONALS AT I-80
(July 23, 2017)
The Mars Racing team invaded I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on July 21-22 for the 7th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and paid a whopping $53,000 to the winner - a record high. Things kicked off in the Cornhusker State on Friday night with two sets of qualifying heat races. Jimmy Mars placed seventh in his first heat race of the evening and fifth in his second and final prelim. After finishing sixth in Saturday's stacked consolation event, Jimmy somewhat salvaged his weekend by running second in the $3,000 to win 'Belt Bash' for non-qualifiers. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star could have opted for a starting spot in the 80-lap headliner, but instead took the $2,000 runner-up money due to an overheating powerplant. Full results from I-80 Speedway can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.lucasdirt.com.

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WILD WEST TOUR NIGHTLY RESULTS FOR #28 TEAM
(July 14, 2017)
The four-race Wild West Tour wrapped up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50' at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon rain showers prior to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked fast racing surface. Jimmy Mars knocked down the tenth quickest lap in Group B during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. He then started the 50-lapper from the outside of the eighth row and moved up three positions during the headliner en route to a thirteenth place outing.

(July 13, 2017) The penultimate event of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series-sanctioned Wild West Tour took the #28 team to Hibbing Raceway in Hibbing, Minnesota tonight for another $8,000 to win duel. Jimmy Mars posted the sixth fastest time in Group B during qualifying before placing third in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the sixth row in the 40-lap main event, Jimmy was able to maneuver past a couple of competitors on his way to a solid tenth place effort.

(July 12, 2017) Next up on the Wild West Tour with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a visit tonight to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000 to win shootout. Jimmy Mars clicked off the fourth fastest lap overall during time trials and was then battling for the lead in his heat race until he hit an inside utility tire. Unfortunately, the bout with the tire caused heavy damage to his #28 machine and Jimmy relied on a provisional before making one circuit in the feature en route to a twenty-fourth place showing.

(July 8, 2017) The Wild West Tour kicked off for Mars Racing tonight in the 38th edition of the 'Gopher 50' at the pristine Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special drew 36 competitors to the 3/8-mile oval - all of whom were vying for the $10,000 winner's check. Jimmy Mars stopped the clock fifth quickest in Group B during qualifying prior to running second in heat race action. After starting the 50-lap feature from the outside of the third row, Jimmy blasted up to second during the prestigious 'Gopher 50' to land in the runner-up spot behind only victor Chris Madden!

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MARS FOURTH IN $50,000 MODIFIED MASTERS!
(June 19, 2017)
Jimmy Mars unloaded his own #2 Open Wheel Modified from June 15-18 at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin for the 'Modified Masters,' which was sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Things started on Thursday night with a $3,000 to win preliminary shootout. Jimmy ran third in his loaded heat race and was leading his B-Main until an incident with a lapped car took him out of contention to earn a transfer spot into the 40-lap main event.

On Friday evening at Cedar Lake, Jimmy placed third in his first heat race, while he won his second and final prelim of the night. After earning the second most points through heat race action, Jimmy ran fourth in the dash to claim the outside of the second row for the start of Saturday's 70-lap headliner, which boasted a whopping $50,000 payday. During the course of the 'Modified Masters,' which spilled over into Sunday afternoon due to rain showers, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star vaulted to as high as second and battled for the lead at one point before settling for a strong fourth place effort behind only winner Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, and Zack VanderBeek. Full results from the extended weekend at CLS can be accessed online at www.usmts.com.

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JIMMY MARS FLEXES MUSCLE IN DREAM WEEKEND!
(June 11, 2017)
The #28 team rolled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd running of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which once again carried a hefty $100,000 winner's check. The three-day crown jewel spectacular at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant drew 79 Super Late Model competitors. Things kicked off at the "Big E" with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and $10,000 to win respectively.

Jimmy Mars ran second in his heat race on Thursday night prior to leading five of the first nine circuits in the 25-lapper before settling for a strong third place podium performance behind only winner Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Chris Madden. On Friday evening, Jimmy won his heat race and later placed an impressive runner-up in the 25-lap main event behind only victor Mason Zeigler. When the stakes were raised in the Buckeye State on Saturday, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star scored a victory in his loaded heat race before registering a steady seventh place showing in the 100-lap 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Full results from the extended weekend at Eldora Speedway can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.

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MARS GETS SECOND WIN OF 2017 AT CEDAR LAKE!
(June 4, 2017)
Jimmy Mars recorded his second victory of 2017 in Late Model action on Saturday evening, June 3 at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin! Jimmy won his heat race prior to leading the main event from flag-to-flag to bag the $1,750 payday over A.J. Diemel and Pat Doar. Behind the wheel of his #2 Open Wheel Modified, Jimmy moved up a couple of spots during the feature event to place sixth in the final finishing order.

Earlier in the weekend, the Mars Racing team unloaded both cars on Friday night, June 2 at the nearby Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Jimmy moved up to fourth in his Late Model heat race before knocking down a fourth place effort in the $1,000 to win headliner. The popular driver known as the "Iceman" then ran third in his heat race and eighth in the Open Wheel Modified special at his hometown facility. Complete results from both Badger State venues can be viewed online at www.redcedarspeedway.com and www.cedarlakespeedway.com. (Vince Peterson Photo)

 

 


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