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(June 17, 2018)
Jimmy Mars unloaded his #28 Open Wheel Modified at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin on June 14-16 for the 2nd edition of the 'Modified Masters,' which was sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). In Thursday night's $2,500 to win weekend opener, Jimmy advanced to fifth in his heat race before finishing second in his B-Main. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace completed only 15 circuits in the 40-lapper; however, and retired from the race after a flat tire in the twenty-sixth spot.

On Friday evening at Cedar Lake, Jimmy ran eighth in his first heat race of the night and second in his final prelim. He racked up the eighteenth most points during preliminary action, but on Saturday grabbed the fifth transfer position through the B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the ninth row in the $40,000 to win headliner, Jimmy was able to steer his MB Customs machine past eleven competitors during the 70-lap contest to finish sixth behind only winner Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard, Dereck Ramirez, A.J. Diemel, and Jason Hughes. Full results from the three days of the 'Modified Masters' can be found online at www.usmts.com.


(June 10, 2018)
The Mars Racing team traveled to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 7-9 to compete in the annual running of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' After Thursday night's $5,000 to win prelim show was washed out until Friday afternoon, Jimmy Mars placed fourth in his heat race prior to advancing up to eleventh in the 25-lap daytime affair. Later that evening, Jimmy ran fifth in heat race action and later blasted past seven competitors during the $10,000 to win headliner on his way to a steady tenth place performance.

At the "Big E" on Saturday, all eyes were focused on capturing the $100,000 top prize in the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Jimmy won his loaded heat race, which enabled him to start the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza from the inside of the second row. After moving up to second early in the distance, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star eventually finished seventh in the extra-distance contest and trailed only winner Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, Chris Madden, and Tim McCreadie at the unfurling of the checkered flag. Complete results from the soggy weekend at Eldora Speedway can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.


(June 2, 2018)
Jimmy Mars unloaded both a Late Model and an Open Wheel Modified at his hometown Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin on Friday night, June 1 and promptly swept the racing program in both divisions! Behind the wheel of his father-in-law Paul Gilberts #28 MB Customs Late Model, Jimmy won his heat race from the fourth starting spot and later rolled off from the outside of the fourth row in the weekly A-Main. The popular driver known as the "Iceman" was on the move early and often during the headliner and eventually found his way to the point to bag the $1,000 payday ahead of Mike Prochnow, Jesse Glenz, Mark Hessler, and Michael Keller!

In Open Wheel Modified action, Jimmy took advantage of the opportunity to shake his MB Customs ride down for the upcoming $40,000 to win 'Modified Masters' at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, which will take place on June 14-16. At Red Cedar, Jimmy scored a heat race triumph prior to starting the 30-lap main event from the outside of the front row. The Menomonie native then thrilled his hometown fans by claiming his second feature win of the evening in dominant fashion, as he collected the $1,000 top prize in the special event over Mike Anderson, Ashley Anderson, Jordan Hessler, and Kevin Eder! Full results from Red Cedar Speedway can be viewed by pointing your Internet browser to www.redcedarspeedway.com. (Fry Pan Productions Photo)


(May 27, 2018)
The Mars Racing team invaded the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri from May 24-26 for the 26th version of the Lucas Oil 'Show-Me 100,' which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series. The three-day crown jewel spectacular at the 3/8-mile facility kicked off with a pair of preliminary programs - each of which paid $6,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Jimmy Mars ran second in his heat race prior to advancing past four competitors during the 45-lap feature event on his way to a strong eighth place showing. At Wheatland on Friday evening, Jimmy unfortunately could not transfer into the 40-lap main event after finishing fourth in his heat race and twelfth in his B-Main.

In the final day of the 'Show-Me 100,' Jimmy placed third in his B-Main, but later won the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge to gain access into the 100-lap headliner. After rolling off from the inside of the fifteenth row in the $30,000 to win extravaganza, the Menomonie, Wisconsin ace wound up completing only 23 circuits and settled for a twenty-eighth place performance. Complete results from the Show-Me State can be accessed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com. (Fast Track Photos)


(May 20, 2018)
Jimmy Mars and his #28 team tackled a pair of high-profile Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota over the May 18-19 weekend. On Friday night, Jimmy made the trip to 141 Speedway in Maribel, Wisconsin for a $12,000 to win contest. After laying down the twelfth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session, Jimmy grabbed the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then steered his MB Customs mount past five competitors during the 50-lap headliner to secure a strong fourth place showing behind only victor Earl Pearson, Jr., Bobby Pierce, and Hudson O'Neal!

Another $12,000 payday was on the line on Saturday evening at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, as the 'NAPA North Star Nationals' drew a stout field of 30 competitors to the Gopher State venue. Jimmy clicked off the third fastest time in Group B during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying before scoring a popular heat race triumph. After leading the first twenty circuits of the 50-lap main event, Jimmy fell back on a restart and eventually settled for a solid seventh place effort in the 'NAPA North Star Nationals.' Full results from the LOLMDS double-dip can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.


(May 13, 2018)
The Mars Racing team started their May 11-12 weekend at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on Friday, as the MARS Racing Series presided over the 'Farmer City 74.' A strong field of 35 competitors signed into the pit area at the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval to vie for a $10,000 winner's check. Jimmy Mars stopped the clock fourth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to finishing second in heat race action. Jimmy then moved past two competitors during the 74-lap headliner to secure a solid sixth place effort behind only winner Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, Tim Manville, and Devin Gilpin.

Following a rain-out early in the day at Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday, the #28 team bolted to Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Jimmy entered the $2,000 to win WISSOTA Late Model show at his home state facility. The Menomonie native placed fourth in his heat race before advancing up to second in the A-Main to finish behind only victor Steve Laursen. Complete results from both tracks can be found online at www.marsracingseries.com and www.ricelakespeedway.net. (Todd Healy Photo)


(May 6, 2018)
In only his second weekend of the racing season, Jimmy Mars picked up two feature wins on May 4-5 behind the wheel of his father-in-law Paul Gilberts #28 MB Customs entry! On Friday night at his hometown Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin, Jimmy ran second in his heat race and later started the weekly A-Main from the outside of the third row. He then worked his way to the front and grabbed the top spot in the middle stages of the race to bag his first feature win of 2018 over Darrell Nelson, Jesse Glenz, Mike Prochnow, and Michael Keller!

At Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota on Saturday evening, the WISSOTA Challenge Series opened up their 2018 campaign and 25 competitors piled into the pit area. Jimmy once again finished second in heat race action prior to rolling off from the inside of the third row in the 40-lap headliner. The Menomonie native and 2018 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee then raced to the lead and pocketed a $3,000 payday for besting Jake Redetzke, Jeff Wildung, Pat Doar, and Jesse Glenz! Full results from both venues can be located online at www.redcedarspeedway.com and www.ogilvieraceway.com. (Speed Shop North Photo)


(April 29, 2018)
With inclement weather pushing back his 2018 season debut week after week, Jimmy Mars and his Mars Racing team finally busted out of their Menomonie, Wisconsin race shop on April 27-28 to start their campaign in the states of Illinois and Ohio. On Friday night at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the 'Busch 50,' which drew a premium field of cars gunning for the $12,000 payday. Jimmy unfortunately struck an inside utility tire early in the evening and that put him behind the rest of the program. He wound up placing eighth in his loaded heat race and chose to scratch from the B-Main, which kept him out of the 50-lap headliner that was eventually won by Bobby Pierce.

Things went much smoother on Saturday at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as the American Late Model Series (ALMS) presided over a $5,000 to win shootout. Jimmy clicked off the fourth quickest time in his group during the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race. After starting the 25-lap sprint from the outside of the second row, the former 'Dirt Late Model Dream' winner was a constant towards the front of the field and crossed underneath the checkers in the fourth position. However, with apparent winner Jason Jameson weighing in four pounds light at the scales, Jimmy was bumped up to third in the official finish behind only victor Nick Hoffman and runner-up Devin Gilpin. Full results from the season-opening weekend can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com and www.eldoraspeedway.com.



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