The Mars Racing team returned to Dirt Late Model competition over the March 29-30 weekend at the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Ill., as the 1/4-mile bullring played host to the two-day ‘Thaw Brawl.’ On Friday night, Jimmy Mars laid down the fastest lap in his group during the qualifying session and later took the win in his heat race. After starting the $2,000 to win UMP feature event from the outside of the second row, Mars moved up to third in the 30-lap affair to finish behind winner Dennis Erb, Jr. and runner-up Austin Hubbard.

At LaSalle on Saturday evening, a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs in the ‘Thaw Brawl’ finale, which was sanctioned by the American Late Model Series (ALMS). Mars posted the fourth quickest lap in his group during time trials and later placed second in heat race action. The Menomonie star then had a strong run in the 50-lapper, as he crossed underneath the checkers sixth behind victor Brian Birkhofer, Chris Simpson, Brandon Sheppard, Billy Drake and Austin Hubbard. Complete results from the LaSalle double-dip can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.

Next up for the #28 team will be a trip to the Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Ill., April 5 and 6 for the 5th Annual ‘Illini 100.’ The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will preside over the two-day showdown, which begins later tonight (Friday) with qualifying and heat races. Consolation events and the 100-lap, $20,000 to win main event will then headline the weekend on Saturday evening. Mars is the defending winner of the ‘Illini 100’ and will be looking for his second race title this weekend. Additional information concerning Farmer City can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

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