MARS TRANSFERS INTO SEASON ENDING WORLD 100
14, 2018) Over a month removed from the
original 'World 100' date, the completion of the rain-postponed
crown jewel spectacular took place on October 12-13 at the hallowed
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Action was scheduled to start
on Friday evening at the "Big E" with a pair of $10,000
to win Twin 25s, but additional inclement weather pushed back the
preliminary program to Saturday afternoon. Jimmy Mars placed seventh
in his loaded heat race prior to grabbing the third transfer spot
through his B-Main. Jimmy then started twenty-first on the grid
in his 25-lap main event, but was eventually forced to settle for
a twenty-third place performance.
Following a several hour break to clear the grandstands
and rework the racetrack, the nighttime portion of the day/night
doubleheader took place on Saturday evening and all eyes were focused
on capturing the $51,000 top prize in the 48th edition of the 'World
100.' Jimmy advanced up to fourth in his stacked heat race and later
finished third in his B-Main. After rolling off from the inside
of the thirteenth row in the 100-lap headliner, the Menomonie, Wisconsin
star retired after 83 circuits with rear end issues on his #28 mount.
Jimmy was relegated to another twenty-third place effort on the
day in the "Biggest Dirt Race in the World." Complete
results from the 2018 season finale at Eldora Speedway can be located
online by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com.
MARS LANDS ON PODIUM
IN RED CLAY CLASSIC!
30, 2018) Menomonie, Wisconsin ace Jimmy
Mars traveled to ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin on September
28-29 for the annual running of the 'Red Clay Classic.' Behind the
wheel of Paul Gilberts' #28 MB Customs Late Model in the $5,000
to win show, Jimmy ran third in heat race action on Friday night
prior to picking off six competitors during Saturday's headliner
en route to a strong third place podium effort behind only winner
Ricky Weiss and runner-up Travis Budisalovich. In Open Wheel Modified
competition at ABC Raceway, Jimmy ran fourth in his heat race, won
his B-Main, and later drove up to eighth in the $3,500 to win feature
event. Full results from the 'Red Clay Classic' weekend can be accessed
online at www.abcraceway.com.
JIMMY MARS NABS PAIR
OF RUNNER-UPS IN PUNKY MANOR!
23, 2018) Jimmy Mars, of Menomonie, Wisconsin,
headed to his hometown Red Cedar Speedway on September 21-22 for
the 39th edition of the 'Punky Manor Challenge of Champions.' Jimmy
wheeled the Paul Gilberts-owned #28 MB Customs Late Model to a heat
race win on Friday night before rolling off from the pole position
in Saturday's $4,000 to win headliner. The popular driver known
as "The Iceman" ran second much of the 30-lapper and eventually
settled for a runner-up performance behind only winner Travis Budisalovich.
Behind the wheel of a #289 Open Wheel Modified, Jimmy also won his
heat race in preliminary action on Friday prior to leading most
of Saturday night's $2,000 to win finale before ultimately finishing
a close runner-up behind only victor Kevin Adams. Complete results
from the 'Punky Manor Challenge of Champions' weekend can be found
online at www.redcedarspeedway.com.
MARS SIXTH IN KNOXVILLE
LATE MODEL NATIONALS PRELIM
16, 2018) The #28 team made their way to
the Hawkeye State on September 13-15 for the 15th Annual 'Lucas
Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville Raceway
in Knoxville, Iowa. The action started at the 1/2-mile, semi-banked
speedplant with a pair of preliminary shows - each of which paid
$7,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Jimmy Mars ran third in
his heat race before winding up fourteenth in the final rundown
of the 25-lap main event. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Jimmy
placed second in his heat race prior to driving up to sixth in the
25-lapper to trail only victor Brandon Sheppard, Frank Heckenast,
Jr., Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Tim McCreadie!
By virtue of racking up the sixteenth highest point
total during preliminary competition, Jimmy earned the right to
the outside of the eighth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap
crown jewel spectacular. During the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals,' the Menomonie, Wisconsin star looked like a serious
threat to vie for the $40,000 top prize, as he climbed up inside
of the top five at one point in the first half of the race. However,
problems shortly after the halfway mark caused Jimmy to head pitside
and he was relegated to a disappointing twenty-eighth place performance.
Full results from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can
be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
JIMMY MARS CLIMBS TO
EIGHTH IN WORLD 100 TWIN 25
9, 2018) Mars Racing had planned to unload
their #28 machine from September 6-8 at the hallowed high-banks
of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio to vie for the prestigious
globe trophy in the 48th Annual 'World 100.' However, with the rainy
remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon postponing Friday and Saturday's
action at the "Big E" until October 12-13, only Thursday
night's $10,000 to win Twin 25s escaped the wrath of Mother Nature.
In the wee hours of Friday morning after a lengthy rain delay, Jimmy
Mars timed in twentieth fastest overall during qualifying before
finishing third in his heat race. Jimmy then worked his way past
seven competitors during his 25-lapper to claim a solid eighth place
showing. Complete results from the soggy weekend in the Buckeye
State can be found online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
MARS LANDS ON PODIUM
IN SCHEFFLER MEMORIAL!
(September 1, 2018)
Jimmy Mars entered a pair of special events
leading into the hectic Labor Day weekend and was able to record
a pair of Top Five efforts! On Thursday night, August 30 at Proctor
Speedway in Proctor, Minnesota, Jimmy vied for his second straight
'Silver 1000' victory with the WISSOTA Challenge Series. The Menomonie,
Wisconsin standout ran third in his heat race prior to picking off
eight competitors in the $2,750 to win main event to earn a solid
fifth place showing. Jimmy trailed only victor James Giossi, Jesse
Glenz, Darrell Nelson, and Pat Doar.
At Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on
Friday evening, August 31, a whopping $15,074 top prize was on the
line in the annual 'Scheffler Memorial.' Behind the wheel of his
#28 MB Customs Super Late Model, Jimmy placed fourth in his stacked
heat race before rolling off from the inside of the seventh row
in the unsanctioned headliner. The popular driver known as the "Iceman"
once again rallied up inside of the top five and was eventually
paid for an impressive third place podium effort behind only race
winner Scott James and runner-up Cade Dillard! Complete results
from both weekend shows can be found online at www.proctorspeedway.com
JIMMY MARS BAGS $5,555
PAYDAY IN DUANE MAHDER MEMORIAL!
19, 2018) The "Iceman" Jimmy Mars
recorded his seventh triumph of the 2018 racing season on Friday
night, August 17 in the 'Duane Mahder Memorial' at the nearby Red
Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wisconsin! Jimmy won his heat race
from the ninth starting position and later rolled off from the inside
of the second row in the 55-lap WISSOTA Challenge Series shootout.
Jimmy then overtook leader Pat Doar just before the halfway mark
and went on to bag the $5,555 top prize ahead of A.J. Diemel, Pat
Doar, Jesse Glenz, and Mike Prochnow! (Charlie
Following his second straight 'Duane Mahder Memorial'
victory, Jimmy turned his focus to another WISSOTA Challenge Series
program on Saturday evening, August 18 at the renowned Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace
won his heat race prior to starting the $2,500 to win headliner
from the inside of the fourth row. Unfortunately, Jimmy developed
a hole in his radiator during the course of the 40-lapper - while
inside of the top five - and was forced to retire in the sixteenth
position. Full results from both Badger State facilities can be
viewed online at www.wissotachallengeseries.com.
MARS CLIMBS INSIDE OF
TOP FIVE IN NORTH/SOUTH 100
12, 2018) Jimmy Mars and Mars Racing spent
August 8-11 at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky,
as the Cincinnati-area speedplant played host to a lucrative four-day
stretch of racing action sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series. In Wednesday's $12,000 to win 'Ralph Latham Memorial,'
which was contested on a very rough racing surface, Jimmy ran fifth
in his heat race prior to scratching from the remainder of the program
due to the track conditions. On Thursday night in the 'North/South
Shootout,' which boasted a $10,000 payday, Jimmy placed fourth in
his heat race, won his B-Main, and later blitzed past eight competitors
during the caution-free headliner to claim a steady twelfth place
At Florence on Friday evening, a double set of heat
races with combined passing points were held to set the lineups
for Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.' Jimmy won his first
heat race of the night before streaking to third in his final prelim.
After racking up the ninth most passing points in preliminary action,
the Menomonie, Wisconsin star earned the rights to the inside of
the fifth row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap crown jewel main
event. Jimmy, who was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model
Hall of Fame earlier in the afternoon, had moved up inside of the
top five in the 'North/South 100' until a lap 59 incident sent him
spinning and out of contention. The "Iceman" wound up
retiring with damage in the twenty-second position. Full results
can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
NEW SITE LAUNCHED FOR
JIMMY MARS & MARS RACING!
5, 2018) Menomonie, Wisconsin star Jimmy
Mars and Mars Racing, along with Delph Communications, Inc., welcome
you to log onto the newly launched www.JimmyMarsRacing.com, which
is dedicated to the 2018 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee
and his #28 race team. Jimmy, who will be inducted into the Hall
of Fame later this week during the 'North/South 100' at Florence
Speedway in Union, Kentucky, has reached victory lane six times
already in 2018 and is a former winner of the Dirt Late Model Dream,
USA Nationals, Dirt Track World Championship, North/South 100, Topless
100, Firecracker 100, National 100, Prairie Dirt Classic, and Illini
100. Keep up with the latest news, schedule plans, results, photos,
and so much more by pointing your Internet browser all year long
to www.JimmyMarsRacing.com! (Mike
BUSY WEEK IN BADGER
STATE FOR MARS RACING
4, 2018) The huge 'USA Nationals' weekend
wrapped up tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway and all eyes
in the pit area were fixated on capturing the lucrative $50,000
top prize that was up for grabs at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility.
Jimmy Mars started the 100-lap headliner from the inside of the
eighth row following a solid prelim night on Friday. Unfortunately,
Jimmy only completed 80 circuits in the extra-distance affair and
retired from the crown jewel event in the twentieth position.
3, 2018) Preliminary action for the 31st
Annual 'USA Nationals' took place earlier this evening at Cedar
Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. For the first time in
the crown jewel event's storied history, a double set of heat races
with combined passing points were held to set the lineups for Saturday's
$50,000 to win extravaganza. Jimmy Mars ran sixth in his first heat
race of the night, while he scored a popular win in his final prelim.
By virtue of racking up the fifteenth most passing points, Jimmy
will roll off from the inside of the eighth row in tomorrow evening's
100-lap 'USA Nationals.'
(August 2, 2018)
The 31st edition of the 'USA Nationals' got underway tonight at
the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A stout
45 car field made their way to the track located near the Minnesota/Wisconsin
border for the $6,000 to win preliminary event. Jimmy Mars logged
the second quickest time in Group B during World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series qualifying before claiming the second transfer
spot through his heat race. After starting the 40-lapper from the
inside of the third row and slipping outside of the top five, Jimmy
battled back to earn a strong fifth place finish behind only victor
Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, and Hudson O'Neal!
(July 30, 2018)
A very short turnaround greeted Jimmy Mars following
his two win weekend, as his #28 team was in the pit area tonight
at Plymouth Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series presided over the action at Plymouth
and a strong 36 car field was on hand to gun for the $10,000 windfall.
Jimmy's night was unfortunately a very short one, as he suffered
engine trouble during qualifying and was forced to scratch from
the remainder of the program.
MARS GRABS TWO WCS WINS OVER WEEKEND!!!
Jimmy Mars' 2018 win total now stands at six following
a pair of WISSOTA Challenge Series triumphs in his home state of
Wisconsin over the July 27-28 weekend! On Friday night at Gondik
Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin, Jimmy won his heat race in
preliminary action prior to driving the Paul Gilberts-owned #28
MB Customs entry to the $1,500 victory in the first 'AMSOIL Twin
Ports Twin 25.' In the second 25-lapper at the former AMSOIL Speedway,
Jimmy started sixteenth on the feature grid after a huge invert
and drove past twelve competitors to secure a solid fourth place
At Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on Saturday evening,
Jimmy once again picked up a heat race win and later rolled off
from the inside of the second row in the 40-lap headliner. After
grabbing the point on lap six of the WISSOTA Challenge Series A-Main,
the Menomonie, Wisconsin star stayed out front to capture the $2,000
windfall ahead of Lance Matthees, Pat Doar, A.J. Diemel, and James
Giossi! Complete results from both weekend races can be found online
(Vance Birno Photo)
BUSY WEEK FOR #28 TEAM WITH LUCAS
TOUR CUT SHORT
20, 2018) Preliminary action for the 8th
Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' took place earlier tonight at I-80
Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska with two rounds of heat races providing
passing points that set the lineups for Saturday's main event. Jimmy
Mars was unfortunately involved in a tangle in his first heat race
that led to heavy damage to his #28 mount and relegated him to a
tenth place showing. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then decided
to forego his second prelim of the evening and later left I-80 Speedway,
which means that he will not compete in tomorrow night's $53,000
to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals.'
(July 19, 2018)
A trip to I-80 Speedway was next for Jimmy Mars, as the first night
of the huge racing weekend leading into the 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
took place tonight in Greenwood, Nebraska. The Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series sanctioned the 'Malvern Bank Go 50' and all eyes were
fixated on the $10,000 paycheck. Jimmy timed in sixteenth fastest
in Group A during qualifying and later advanced to grab the fourth
transfer spot in heat race action. After rolling off from the inside
of the eighth row in the 50-lap affair, Jimmy pulled off the racing
surface with only five laps remaining and wound up being paid for
a seventeenth place outing.
(July 18, 2018)
A busy four-day stretch with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
kicked off tonight with a visit to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson,
Minnesota. The pristine facility hosted its first Super Late Model
race since 1988 and a $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs in
the 'Sturdevant's Auto Parts 50.' Jimmy Mars clicked off the twenty-second
fastest lap overall during time trials prior to finishing eighth
in his loaded heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then started
the 50-lap main event from the outside of the eleventh row, but
retired after only fourteen circuits to settle for a twentieth place
MARS IMPROVES TO SEVENTH AT OGILVIE
15, 2018) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team were
back in action with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
on Saturday evening, July 14 at Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota.
Jimmy knocked down the eleventh fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session before grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his stacked
heat race. During the course of the $10,000 to win headliner in
the Gopher State, Jimmy was able to advance past four competitors
in the 50-lap battle to earn a solid seventh place showing. Complete
results from last night at Ogilvie Raceway can be accessed online
JIMMY MARS LANDS ON PODIUM AT DUBUQUE!
8, 2018) The Mars Racing team entered a pair
of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series contests
in the states of Iowa and Minnesota on July 6-7. On Friday night
on a rugged racing surface at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa,
Jimmy Mars stopped the clock nineteenth fastest overall during qualifying
prior to advancing up to fourth in his loaded heat race. After starting
tenth on the grid in the 40-lap shootout, Jimmy blasted past seven
competitors en route to a sterling third place podium effort behind
only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Chris Simpson!
At Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota on Saturday
evening, another $10,000 top prize was on the line in the 39th edition
of the 'Gopher 50.' Jimmy timed in sixteenth fastest during the
qualifying session and later ran third in heat race action. The
Menomonie, Wisconsin star then rolled off from the inside of the
fourth row in the 50-lapper and drove up to fourth early in the
feature distance before settling for an eighth place performance.
Complete results from both WOOLMS programs can be found online at