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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

June 30: FREE FIREWORKS AND RACING! – Margie Mejia’s Love for Merced Speedway

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star The local racing scene was thrown into uncertainty when Merced Speedway owner and promoter Ed Parker passed away unexpectedly last week. The uncertainty was short-lived as  Atwater’s Margie Mejia stepped up with her personal money to guarantee the free Independence Day celebration  would take place Saturday night. Soft spoken …

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June 15 and 16: Dwarf Car Nationals are Here!

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Ballico’s Scott Dahlgreen, 59, is reaping big rewards from a little car. His teenage years were filled with hot summer evenings spent cruising 17thStreet in Merced and heading into the Fairgrounds for Merced Speedway’s weekly program. Today, his Dwarf Car is a time machine – taking him back to the …

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June 6: Annual Merced County Fair Race Night a Family Tradition

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star For stock car racers, The Merced County Fair is more than livestock competition, cotton candy and colorful whirling rides. Race night at the fair is showcase of the sport they love. On Wednesday night, the Merced Speedway IMCA Modified, Hobby Stock, and Mini-Late Model Divisions will be featured a non-stop, action …

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May 19: Brothers Thomas Sprint to IMCA SportMod Victories

  By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star The track and field team from Buhach Colony High School was in the stands cheering wildly during the last IMCA SportMod race at Merced Speedway. The team wasn’t cheering for a teammate running to victory in the 800-meter or the mile. The team was cheering for one of their …

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