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July 15: Tim Ragsdale Prepares for IMCA SportMod Action! Sandy Brammer-Batchelor To Sign In Full Field!

By Mike Adaskaveg Special to the Sun-Star   Sandy Brammer-Batchelor points to a line on a piece of paper and tells people “print your name here and sign here”. She does that job over and over again, and does it with a smile. Tim Ragsdale drives a road grader or water truck in in circles …

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July 8: Brown Hopes To Continue Winning Ways after Post Memorial IMCA Mod Victory

By Mike Adaskaveg Special to the Sun-Star Chowchilla’s Randy Brown, reigning champ of Merced Speedway’s IMCA Modified division, showed he wasn’t about to give up his crown last Saturday night as he outran a hard charging Paul Stone to be victorious in the Tim Post Memorial before 6,000 cheering fans. The IMCA modified main event …

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JULY 1: FREE Admission -Timmy Post Memorial Spectacular! Fireworks, IMCA Modifieds and SportMods, and Hobby Stocks

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Merced Speedway owner Ed Parker remembers circling date of the first July race on his calendar when he was a young racer. “It was the big event of the year at the speedway – fireworks, racing – and the whole city was there,” Parker says. “It was time to make sure …

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Fireworks and Tim Post Memorial – A Show You Won’t Want to Miss!

Kick off the July 4 Holiday weekend with a Merced tradition – Merced Speedway’s Gigantic Fireworks display and three divisions of racing – all for FREE Admission! Download article as PDF

June 24: Western Championship California Flat Track Races – Fun and Thrills for All

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star For Atwater’s Matt Wood, there’s nothing more exciting than motorcycles racing on a dirt track. “It is almost a contact sport – motorcycle riders will be racing inches away from each other,” explains Wood, whose friends call him “Woody”. It will be the second year in a row that California Flat …

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JUNE 16 and 17: Merced’s FIRST Dwarf Car National Event !!!!

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star For Merced’s Joe Gonzales, this weekend’s Dwarf Car Nationals at Merced Speedway is a dream come true. Gonzales is the crew chief for Fairfield’s Michael “Spanky” Grenert, a standout Dwarf Car driver and fabricator of the tiny cars powered by 1000cc motorcycle engines. Gonzales’ love for the speedway began as …

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June 7: Fair Race Draws IMCA SportMod, Hobby Stock Fields

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star The spinning lights of carnival rides are enhanced by the screams of their occupants. The smells of cotton candy, pizza and hot dogs are blended together to form an unforgettable aroma. The cheers of the crowd are louder than he 22 stock cars rubbing fenders as they race full throttle around …

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May 20: IMCA Mod Driver Jarod Fast on Being Fast

  By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star You can’t be slow when your name is Fast Jarod Fast was destined to be fast from the moment he was born into Chowchilla’s Fast Family. Fast to become a Hobby Stock track champion in 2009 at Chowchilla Speedway, Fast has since moved up to the International Motor Contest …

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MAY 13: Friendly Foes – Corn and Dean in Hobby Stocks

By Mike Adaskaveg Special to the Sun Star For two young local Hobby Stock drivers, it didn’t matter who won the final 29-lap segment of the Ted Stofle Classic at Merced Speedway last week. It only mattered that one of them finished first and the other finished second. Garrett Corn, 20, of Catheys Valley, won …

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MAY 6: TED STOFLE CLASSIC!…PLUS : WEST COAST IMCA SPORT MOD TOUR

    By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star It was 37 years ago this year that local stock car racer Ted Stofle lost his life in a hunting accident. Stofle was a gifted racer, and his loss touched the community so much that his memorial race continues to be one of the biggest events at Merced Speedway. …

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