STEERS TO RUNNER-UP EFFORT IN ILLINI 100!
7, 2019) Returning to action for the first
time since Arizona in January, Mars Racing invaded Farmer City Raceway
in Farmer City, Illinois on April 5-6 for the 12th Annual 'Illini
100,' which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series. On Friday night in the $6,000 to win
weekend opener at FCR, Jimmy Mars laid down the tenth quickest lap
in Group A during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth
and final transfer spot through his heat race. In the 25-lap sprint,
which was contested on a rugged racing surface, Jimmy worked his
way past a handful of cars en route to a steady tenth place showing.
At the 1/4-mile fairgrounds oval on Saturday evening,
a standing room only crowd was on hand to witness the $15,000 to
win weekend finale. Jimmy stopped the clock second fastest in Group
B during time trials before placing second in his loaded heat race.
After drawing the inside of the third row prior to the start of
the 75-lapper, the Menomonie, Wisconsin Hall of Famer steered past
a trio of competitors on his way to an impressive runner-up effort
behind only victor Brandon Sheppard! Complete results from the two-day
'Illini 100' can be found online at www.woolms.com.
WILD WEST SHOOTOUT NIGHTLY
RESULTS FROM ARIZONA...
13, 2019) Jimmy Mars wrapped up the 13th
edition of the 'Wild West Shootout' miniseries tonight at Arizona
Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. A forty car field signed into
the pit area to do battle for the $14,000 payday. In preliminary
action, Jimmy streaked to the fastest lap in his group during the
qualifying session prior to recording a heat race triumph. After
drawing the third starting spot before the drop of the green flag
in the 'Shaw Trucking 50,' Jimmy ran second early in the feature
distance before eventually notching a strong fifth place effort
in the grand finale behind only victor Ricky Weiss, Brandon Overton,
Brandon Sheppard, and Chase Junghans! (Mike
12, 2019) A day/night doubleheader in the
desert - due to an earlier rainout - took place today at Arizona
Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona, as a pair of $5,000 to win programs
were held during the busiest day of the 'Wild West Shootout.' During
the afternoon tilt, Jimmy Mars grabbed the fourth and final transfer
spot through his heat race before winding up twenty-second in the
30-lap feature. In the nightcap, Jimmy won his heat race in preliminary
action, but unfortunately slipped backwards early in the 40-lapper
only to retire after only 17 circuits in the twenty-third position.
11, 2019) The third contest of the 'Wild
West Shootout' miniseries took center stage tonight at Arizona Speedway
in Queen Creek, Arizona. A total of 46 Super Late Model entrants
piled into the desert facility to vie for another $5,000 windfall.
Jimmy Mars posted the fastest lap in his group during the time trial
session and later scored an impressive win in heat race action.
After drawing the fourth starting spot before the drop of the green
flag in the 30-lap main event, Jimmy ran as high as second prior
to slipping back to fifth at the checkers to finish behind only
victor Bobby Pierce, Kyle Beard, Hudson O'Neal, and Brandon Sheppard.
9, 2019) Another $5,000 winner's check was
on the line for the #28 team during the 13th edition of the 'Wild
West Shootout' tonight at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Jimmy Mars knocked down the fourth fastest time in his group during
the qualifying session before grabbing the fourth and final transfer
spot through his loaded heat race. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace
then started the 30-lapper from the outside of the seventh row and
quickly moved up inside of the top ten before eventually landing
in the eleventh finishing position.
6, 2019) Heavy overnight rain at Arizona
Speedway has postponed tonight's second round of 'Wild West Shootout'
action to Saturday afternoon, January 12. A day/night doubleheader
will now take place next Saturday with both unsanctioned Super Late
Model programs boasting a $5,000 top prize. Dirt-slinging competition
at the Queen Creek, Arizona facility will resume on Wednesday, January
5, 2019) The 2019 campaign officially kicked
off tonight at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona with the
opening round of the 13th Annual 'Wild West Shootout.' A strong
field of 45 competitors converged at the Copper State venue for
the $5,000 to win throwdown. Jimmy Mars stopped the clock fourth
quickest in his group during the qualifying session prior to placing
third in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the inside
of the fifth row in his 2019 season lid lifter, Jimmy streaked up
to third in the running order, but unfortunately retired with problems
with just over ten laps remaining. The Menomonie, Wisconsin ace
was forced to settle for a disappointing twentieth place showing.
MARS READY TO START
2019 THIS WEEK IN ARIZONA!!
2, 2019) Things kick off for the #28 team
later this week in Arizona with the 2019 edition of the 'Wild West
Shootout.' From January 5-13, six unsanctioned Super Late Model
specials will be held at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona.
The first five shows (January 5, 6, 9, 11, and 12) will boast a
$5,000 paycheck, while the grand finale on Sunday, January 13 is
slated to pay a whopping $14,000 to the winner. Jimmy Mars has five
(5) career wins in Arizona in the month of January and will be looking
to add more early-season success to his resume when the dirt starts
flying this Saturday at the Phoenix-area facility! More information
on the 'Wild West Shootout' can be obtained online at www.wildwestshootout.net.
JIMMY 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.