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Sept. 22: Heated Battles in Hobby Stock, Mini Stock and IMCA SportMod Divisions On Championship Night

By Mike Adaskaveg Special to the Sun Star Three drivers in three different divisions will be looking to upset the points leader in their quest for a track championship Saturday night at Merced Speedway. Hotly contested points will make or break a champion in the IMCA SportMod, Hobby Stock and Mini-Stock Divisions. The speedway will …

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Sept. 25: Battle for the Championship In IMCA Modifieds Resumes Saturday Night

  By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Veteran driver Ramie Stone of Winton doesn’t like giving up home turf. A six-time Merced Speedway track champ, Stone finds himself in third place with two point races left to decide 2018 IMCA Modiified Division Champion. He’s following relative newcomers and “out-of-towners” Darrell Hughes of Manteca and Brian Pearce …

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August 25: Three-Way Mini-Stock Battle

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star Two rookies, 20 years apart in age, are tied in points for the championship in the Merced Speedway Mini-Stock division. Lee Ragsdale, 36, of Winton and high school student Allen Neal of Los Banos are locked in a dead heat going into the home stretch of the season. In …

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Highlights from “A Tribute to Ed Parker” Special Event on Saturday, Aug. 18

More than 90 cars were in the pits at Merced Speedway Saturday  as California drivers paid a fitting tribute to the late Merced Speedway promoter Ed Parker. Merced Speedway regulars captured all four features. Darrel Hughes of Manteca topped Bobby Hogge IV from Salinas n the IMCA modified feature. Nick Tucker of Delhi out-ran invader …

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Aug.18: Down to the Wire – IMCA Sport Mod Drivers Danny Roe and Bubba Nelson Tied With Two Races Left Going into the Ed Parker Tribute

Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Friendly foes Danny Roe of Turlock and Bruce “Bubba” Nelson of Winton are tied in points at the top of IMCA SportMod division with two weeks of racing left before Merced Speedway crowns its 2018 champions. This week, there’s a new twist in the road to the championship for the drivers …

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August 11: Dakota Albright Looks for a Win in BCRA Midget Lites Wayne Albright Memorial

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star It was a heart break not forgotten when Dakota Albright missed winning the memorial race in honor of his father, Wayne, at Merced Speedway a year ago. The Fifth Annual Wayne Albright Memorial for Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget Lite racers is featured this Saturday night as the speedway …

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July 21: Third Fastshafts Qualifier for IMCA Modifieds; Mini Stocks from Lemoore Invade!

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Invaders from the south will challenge the mini stock drivers of Merced Speedway Saturday night and a $1,000 to win race in the IMCA modified division will put the winner into a balloting pool for inclusion in a national All-Star event. The “Fastshafts All Star Invitational” will see three drivers …

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July 14: Jeremy Hoff Travels Downhill for an Uphill Climb to the Top in IMCA SportMods

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Jeremy Hoff of Copperopolis finds himself sitting on the top of the mountain. There are 48 other drivers below him i clawing their way to the summit of the IMCA SportMod division. Hoff jokes that his racing career has been all downhill – literally – as he has made the …

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July 7: Ken Schrader Visits Merced Speedway – To Compete in IMCA Modified; Darrell Hughes at the top in Modified Point Standings

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star NASCAR superstar Ken Schrader will race in the IMCA Modified division Saturday night at Merced Speedway, accepting the invitation offered to him by Ed Parker, the track’s late owner and promoter. Parker became friends with Schrader when meeting him at convention in Indianapolis two years ago. “Ed knew I …

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Racers, fans, friends and family gathered at Half Dome Hall in the Merced County Fairgrounds Friday morning to celebrate the life of Merced Speedway promoter Ed Parker, taken from us at the young age of 51.   Photos by Mike Adaskaveg

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