Full grandstands and large fields of cars made the 2016 season the most successful in recent years for Merced Speedway. IMCA Modified Champ Randy Brown leads a pack of cars on the front straight away of the quarter-mile speedway. (Mike Adaskaveg)
Merced Speedway’s champions and top drivers in each division will be honored at the 2016 Awards Banquet on November 19.
“We will celebrate a very successful season,” first-year speedway owner and promoter Ed Parker said. “We will honor the champions and give recognition to the drivers who competed in each of our five regular divisions.”
The banquet will take place at Half Dome Hall in the Merced County Fairgrounds. There will be a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by a tri-tip and chicken dinner at 7 p.m.
Parker will have tickets on sale under the speedway grandstand on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tickets will be $30 the presale day only and will be $40 at the door on November 19. Tickets for children to attend the banquet are $15.
Tickets can also be ordered by mail. Send quantity needed and enclose a check to: Merced Speedway, 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Merced, CA 95341
In the IMCA Modified division, Randy Brown (16B) ran side by side with Ramy Stone (06) early in the season, but pulled ahead 478-446 points at the season’s end (Photo by Mike Adaskaveg)
Michael Shearer (67) battled his way to the Hobby Stock Championship with 237 points, fending off hard-charging Kevin Joaquin (97) who compiled 226 points . (Photo by Mike Adaskaveg)
IMCA SportMod champion Rick Diaz took command of the division early in the season, dedicating his effort to friend John Fore, Jr. who passed away before the season. Diaz drove three different cars in route to topping second place Mike Drake 569 to 511 points. (Mike Adaskaveg Photo)
Kenny Birdsong (25) took the inside lane and topped Mike Friesen 183 to 167 points. Jeff Bristow (14) finished third with 143 points. (Mike Adaskaveg Photo)
Chris Corder scored 205 points as he was crowned mini-stock division champion. Paul Lauretti was second with 161 points. Rookie Destiny Carter finished third with 148 points. (Mike Adaskaveg Photo)
A Man on A Mission, Rick Diaz started the season saying he wanted to win the IMCA SportMod division championship and he did so – in memory of friend John Fore, Jr. who many times walked the pits alongside him. (Photo by Mike Adaskaveg)