Jimmy Mars

Jimmy Mars at the 10th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Caseys General Stores at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on Sept. 27, 2013

Jimmy Mars captured his second career ‘Silver 1000’ title on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Proctor Speedway in Proctor, Minn. Jimmy improved three spots in his WISSOTA Late Model heat race to finish second and later rolled off from the inside of the second row in the headliner. The popular driver known as the “Iceman” then led the final 22 circuits to claim the $2,750 payday for his fifth feature win of 2017 over Jesse Glenz, Pat Doar, Marshall Fegers, and Jake Redetzke.

“I have to thank my father-in-law for letting me drive his equipment in some of these WISSOTA shows and it’s always nice to get him a win,” commented Mars while preparing for a long haul to Eldora Speedway. “The Silver 1000 is a prestigious and long-running deal up here, so it feels good to win it again. Hopefully, we can get our own equipment rolling pretty good at Eldora again this weekend. We were strong there back in June for the Dirt Late Model Dream, so maybe we can get a little luck on our side during the World 100 too.”

The Dirt Late Model world will converge on the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio which runs from Sept. 7-9 for the 47th Annual ‘World 100,’ which marks the sport’s most prestigious event. Action gets underway at the 1/2-mile speedplant in Darke County on Thursday and Friday with Twin 25s, each of which pay $10,000 to the winner.

Saturday’s traditional lineup at the “Big E” will feature six heat races, consolation events, and the 100-lap ‘World 100’ that will boast a gargantuan $50,000 windfall. A total of $425,800 in purse money will be distributed throughout the crown jewel weekend, which includes at least $2,500 going to each of the thirty ‘World 100’ starters.

Jimmy has started the ‘World 100’ headliner on fourteen different occasions during his illustrious career with his best effort of fifth coming back in 2004. Additional information on the “Granddaddy of Them All” and up-to-date race information can be found by pointing your Internet browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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