WILD WEST SHOOTOUT NIGHTLY
18, 2015) The finale of the 'Wild West Shootout'
miniseries was held today at USA Raceway and a $10,000 payday
was on the line at the Tucson, Arizona facility. Jimmy Mars
scored the win in his heat race from the fourth starting
spot and later started the 50-lap feature from the outside
of the second row. Jimmy then climbed to second in the running
order and eventually bagged an impressive runner-up outing
behind only victor Jimmy Owens!
(January 17, 2015) Jimmy
Mars and his #28 team entered the penultimate event of the
'Wild West Shootout' miniseries today at USA Raceway in
Tucson, Arizona. Jimmy moved up six spots in his heat race
to finish in the third position and later rolled off from
the inside of the second row in the start of the $3,000
to win main event. During the course of the 30-lapper, Jimmy
ran as high as second before settling for a strong third
place performance behind only victor Jimmy Owens and runner-up
(January 16, 2015) The
fourth meet of the 2015 version of the 'Wild West Shootout'
took center stage tonight at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
The #28 team had their sights solely set on the $3,000 winner's
check. Jimmy Mars advanced up to fourth in his heat race,
which locked him into the fifteenth starting spot in the
30-lap headliner. The "Iceman" eventually wound
up sixteenth in the final rundown tonight in the desert.
(January 14, 2015) Following
a few days off to rest and relax in the desert, round three
of the 9th Annual 'Wild West Shootout' took place tonight
at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona and a $3,000 top prize
was up for grabs. Jimmy Mars drove past two cars in his
heat race to finish in the fourth spot, which lined him
up starting from the outside of the sixth row in the 30-lapper.
The Menomonie, Wisconsin star then hustled his #28 MB Customs
ride past six competitors en route to a solid sixth place
showing behind only winner Rodney Sanders, Darrell Lanigan,
Jason Papich, Don Shaw, and Tony Toste.
(January 11, 2015) The
Mars Racing team was back at it again today at USA (AZ)
Raceway, as round two of the 'Wild West Shootout' paid $5,000
to the winner. Jimmy Mars drew the ninth starting spot for
his heat race and was unfortunately caught up in a wreck
during the prelim, which caused him to finish in the ninth
position. He later scratched from the B-Main and was not
able to crack the starting grid for the 30-lapper.
(January 10, 2015) Jimmy
Mars and his #28 team opened up their 2015 racing season
tonight at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona, as the 'Wild
West Shootout' lid lifter boasted a $3,000 top prize. Jimmy
moved up three spots in his heat race to finish in the third
position. After starting the 30-lap main event from the
inside of the seventh row, Jimmy climbed up inside of the
top ten before eventually settling for an eleventh place
MARS READIES FOR START OF
2015 CAMPAIGN IN ARIZONA!
29, 2014) Mars Racing once again plans to
kick off their 2015 racing season in Tucson, Arizona, as
the "Wild West Shootout" will take place at USA
Raceway from January 10-18! The six-race mini-series in
the Copper State boasts winner's checks ranging from $3,000
to $10,000. Jimmy Mars, who is always a threat to win in
Tucson, recorded a $5,000 victory and four additional Top
Five finishes last year. Additional information on the unsanctioned
"Wild West Shootout" can be found by pointing
your web browser to www.raceusaraceway.com.
JIMMY MARS CLOSES OUT SEASON
20, 2014) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team wrapped
up their version of the 2014 racing season from October
17-19 in the 34th Annual 'Dirt Track World Championship'
at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series finale attracted a stellar field
of 89 competitors to the south-central Ohio oval and all
eyes were focused on the whopping $50,000 payday. On Friday
night, Jimmy posted the fourth quickest lap in Group A during
the time trial session and later finished fifth in his loaded
heat race behind only prelim winner Jonathan Davenport,
Gregg Satterlee, R.J. Conley, and Earl Pearson, Jr.
Following a rain-out on Saturday evening, the remainder
of the DTWC program was held at PRP on Sunday afternoon.
However, the Mars Racing team chose to leave the grounds
when the rains hit and did not return to participate on
Sunday. You can view complete results from the 'Dirt Track
World Championship' by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
MARS RALLIES TO FOURTH IN
28, 2014) Mars Racing rolled into the hallowed
grounds of Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on September
25-27 for the 11th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals.' The three-day crown jewel spectacular kicked
off with a pair of $7,000 to win programs at the 1/2-mile
Marion County fairgrounds speedplant. On Thursday night,
Jimmy Mars qualified well in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
time trials, but unfortunately was involved in a heat race
incident, which caused him to scratch for the remainder
of the evening. At Knoxville on Friday, Jimmy rebounded
to finish fourth in his heat race, sixth in the B-Main,
and nineteenth in the 25-lap preliminary main event.
By virtue of his strong point on Friday, Jimmy locked himself
into the outside of the ninth row for the start of Saturday's
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals,' which once again
boasted a hefty $40,000 top prize. In front of a huge grandstand
crowd and the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production
Studios, Jimmy helped put on a terrific show in the 100-lapper.
The Menomonie, Wisconsin star worked the treacherous cushion
to perfection throughout the distance and charged all the
way up to third in the running order before settling for
an impressive fourth place showing behind only winner Brian
Birkhofer, Scott Bloomquist, and Mike Marlar. Complete results
from Knoxville Raceway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
JIMMY MARS WINS SIXTH PUNKY
21, 2014) Jimmy Mars recorded his sixth
career 'Punky Manor Challenge of Champions' title over the
September 19-20 weekend at the nearby Red Cedar Speedway
in his hometown of Menomonie, Wisconsin! Jimmy won his heat
race in preliminary action on Friday evening and led the
second half of Saturday's headliner. The Menomonie star
claimed the $5,000 payday for the popular WISSOTA Late Model
win over Jake Redetzke, Scott Gilberts, Mike Prochnow, and
The Mars Racing team also unloaded a MB Customs modified
throughout the weekend at Red Cedar Speedway to vie for
the $2,000 top prize. Jimmy also won his heat race in the
Open Wheel Modified division and eventually bagged a strong
runner-up performance in Saturday's main event to finish
behind only victor Darrell Nelson. Complete results from
the 35th Annual 'Punky Manor Challenge of Champions' can
be obtained online at www.redcedarspeedway.com.
(Chris Burback Photo)
MARS ENCOUNTERS BAD LUCK
IN BERLIN HEAT RACE...
14, 2014) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team made
their first-ever visit to the dirt-covered Berlin Raceway
in Marne, Michigan on September 12-13 for the 3rd Annual
'Down & Dirty 100.' The World of Outlaws Late Model
Series once again presided over all of the dirt-slinging
action at the 7/16-mile speedplant. After Friday's $8,000
to win program was rained-out, the track officials made
the decision to up Saturday's single-day shootout to pay
a hefty $15,000 to the winner.
Jimmy started off his evening by posting the seventh quickest
lap in Group B during the qualifying session, which placed
him starting fourth in his heat race. While running in a
transfer position during the prelim, Jimmy unfortunately
experienced a right front suspension failure on the rough
racing surface, which caused him to shoot hard into the
turn three wall. Due to the extensive damage to his MB Customs
ride, the Menomonie, Wisconsin standout was not able to
make the start in the 65-lap headliner. Full results from
the rain-shortened 'Down & Dirty 100' weekend can be
found online at www.woolms.com.
JIMMY MARS FLEXES MUSCLE
IN WORLD 100
7, 2014) The Mars Racing team made their
yearly 'World 100' pilgrimage to the hallowed grounds of
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 4-6 for the
44th edition of the "Granddaddy of Them All."
Things kicked off at Eldora on Thursday and Friday with
a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, each of which boasted
a $5,000 top prize. On Thursday night, Jimmy Mars won his
heat race and later placed fifth in the 25-lap headliner
behind only winner Dale McDowell, Randy Weaver, Gregg Satterlee,
and Brian Birkhofer. At the "Big E" on Friday
evening, Jimmy ran third in his heat race prior to finishing
fifteenth in the final rundown of his 25-lapper.
When Saturday rolled around at Eldora Speedway, the stakes
were much higher and each driver was gunning for the $47,000
winner's check and the prestigious globe trophy. Jimmy finished
second in his stacked heat race behind only prelim winner
Dale McDowell, which earned him the inside sixth row starting
spot in the 'World 100.' During the course of the 100-lap
grind, the Menomonie, Wisconsin star vaulted all the way
up to third in the running order before he was collected
in a lap 61 incident triggered by a spinning Mason Zeigler.
Jimmy was forced to retire with heavy front end damage to
his MB Customs mount and he was relegated to a disappointing
twenty-third place performance. Full results from the action-packed
weekend at Eldora can be viewed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
MARS FOURTH IN GEORGE SCHEFFLER
23, 2014) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team rolled
into Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on
Friday night, August 22 for the annual running of the 'George
Scheffler Memorial.' The Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series
presided over all of the action and a $6,000 payday was
on the line. Jimmy advanced five spots during his heat race
to finish in the third position, while he also ran third
in the dash. After starting the headliner from the inside
of the second row, the Menomonie, Wisconsin ace eventually
netted a solid fourth place performance in the 'George Scheffler
Memorial' behind only winner Chad Simpson, A.J. Diemel,
and Jason Utter. Full results from the rare trip to Oshkosh
can be accessed online at www.cornbeltclash.com.
JIMMY MARS EIGHTH IN $40K
17, 2014) Another weekend and another crown
jewel event for Mars Racing, as they invaded Batesville
Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas on August 15-16
for the 22nd edition of the 'Topless 100.' A stellar field
of 63 competitors piled into the Batesville-area speedplant
and all eyes were fixated on the $40,000 winner's check.
Jimmy Mars qualified eleventh fastest in Group A during
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying on Friday night
and later grabbed the third and final transfer spot through
his heat race behind only prelim winner Don O'Neal and runner-up
When Saturday evening rolled around at Batesville, Jimmy's
#28 MB Customs mount started the 100-lap headliner from
the inside of the eighth row. During the course of the roofless
spectacular, which was taped for television by the Lucas
Oil Production Studios, the Menomonie, Wisconsin ace picked
off seven competitors en route to a steady eighth place
performance. Full results from the 'Topless 100' weekend
can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
MARS CLIMBS TO PODIUM IN
10, 2014) Jimmy Mars and his #28 team traveled
to the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on
August 8-9 for the 32nd Annual 'North/South 100.' For the
first time in its storied history, the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series biggie featured a passing points format with
double heat races instead of the normal qualifying procedure.
Jimmy ran second in his first heat race on Friday night
and later wound up fourth in his second prelim of the evening
- despite getting caught up in an early race incident.
After placing fifth in his dash on Saturday, Jimmy started
the $50,000 to win crown jewel main event from the outside
of the fifth row. The Menomonie, Wisconsin pilot, who was
looking for his second 'North/South 100' title, then marched
past seven competitors during the 100-lap headliner. Jimmy
eventually crossed underneath the checkers third following
the entertaining race behind only winner Eddie Carrier,
Jr. and runner-up Scott Bloomquist. Full results from Florence
Speedway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
LUCRATIVE STRETCH OF RACING
FOR #28 TEAM...
(August 2, 2014) The
#28 Mars Racing team wrapped up the 27th edition of the
'USA Nationals' tonight at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway, as
all eyes were fixated on the $50,000 top prize. Jimmy Mars
rolled off from the inside of the fourth row in tonight's
100-lap headliner and quickly pointed his MB Customs mount
to the front of the stellar field. Jimmy led laps 17-37
before eventually winding up third in the 'USA Nationals'
behind only victor Jimmy Owens and runner-up Bobby Pierce.
The Menomonie, Wisconsin star did pick up his second NASCAR
Late Model feature win of the weekend at CLS, as he nabbed
the $2,500 first place prize money in the 40-lap affair!
(August 1, 2014) Night
two of the 'USA Nationals' weekend took place tonight at
Cedar Lake Speedway and preliminary action was held for
the crown jewel event, which boasts a hefty $50,000 payday
tomorrow evening at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility.
Menomonie star Jimmy Mars knocked down the ninth fastest
lap in Group A during the qualifying session and later grabbed
the second transfer spot through his heat race behind only
prelim winner Jason Feger. Jimmy will start tomorrow night's
100-lap 'USA Nationals' from the inside of the fourth row.
To close out the big show tonight, Jimmy was awarded the
$2,500 winner's check in the NASCAR Late Model division,
as he was ahead of A.J. Diemel, Tim Isenberg, Brent Larson,
and Chad Mahder when rain showers halted the 40-lap feature
after only 33 circuits!
31, 2014) The dirt-slinging action shifted
to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
tonight for the start of the huge 27th Annual 'USA Nationals'
weekend. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series sanctioned
a $6,000 to win program tonight at CLS. Jimmy Mars posted
the second quickest lap in Group A during time trials prior
to claiming the victory in his loaded heat race. After drawing
the pole position for the 40-lap main event, Jimmy led from
flag-to-flag in the caution-free affair to record the $6,000
triumph over Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, Rick Eckert,
and Don O'Neal!
(July 29, 2014) A
very busy week in the Badger State of Wisconsin kicked off
tonight with a visit to Shawano Speedway in Shawano, Wisconsin,
as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series presided over
a $10,000 to win battle. Jimmy Mars timed in third fastest
in Group B during qualifying tonight and later scored the
win in heat race action. After drawing the seventh starting
spot prior to the 50-lap feature, Jimmy moved up to third
to finish on the podium behind only race winner Darrell
Lanigan and runner-up Rick Eckert.
(July 26, 2014) The
25th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic' came to a close
tonight at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois and a $25,000 top prize was on the line in the
World of Outlaws Late Model Series extravaganza. Jimmy Mars
picked up the win in his B-Main tonight at FALS and later
started the 100-lap extra-distance feature from the outside
of the tenth row. At the end of the action-packed PDC, Jimmy
found himself on the lead lap and in the fifteenth finishing
(July 25, 2014) Following
Independence, Jimmy Mars and his #28 team bolted overnight
to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois
for the opening night of the 25th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,'
as well as the rain-postponed UMP Summer Nationals feature
from back on June 21. Jimmy started the $10,000 to win main
event from the inside of the fifth row, but was involved
in a first lap scramble during the 50-lapper and retired
in the twenty-second position. In preliminary action for
the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' Jimmy knocked down the fifth
quickest lap in Group A during World of Outlaws Late Model
Series qualifying and eventually recorded a fifth place
effort in his heat race after encountering another incident.
(July 24, 2014) The
Mars Racing team pulled into the pit area tonight at Independence
Motor Speedway in Independence, Iowa, as the Hawkeye State
venue greeted the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with
a $10,000 to win program. Jimmy Mars clicked off the ninth
fastest lap during the qualifying session and later grabbed
the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. After rolling
off from the outside of the sixth row in the 50-lap feature,
Jimmy was able to pick off six competitors en route to a
solid sixth place showing behind only victor Darrell Lanigan,
Frank Heckenast, Jr., Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, and Billy