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JIMMY MARS CONSISTENTLY FAST IN LUCAS DOUBLE-DIP
(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.

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MARS SIXTH IN FARMER CITY 74; RICE LAKE RUNNER-UP
(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)

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JIMMY MARS SWEEPS WEEKEND FOR FIRST TWO WINS!
(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)

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MARS FINALLY STARTS SEASON; THIRD AT ELDORA!
(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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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.

 

 


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