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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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April 29: Vallanuevas Ready for Action in IMCA Mods

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Most people would be terrified of hitting a wall at 80 miles per hour. Justin Villanueva did just that – and chalked it up to a learning experience. The 19 year old Merced driver was competing in his first event for the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified division at Merced …

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April 22: Tubbs Car Salutes Veterans; McQueen’s First Visit in BCRA Midgets

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Jerry Tubbs was a senior at Atwater High School on Sept. 11, 2001. Like many Americans, his life was changed forever on that day. More than 15 years later, Tubbs drives a Camaro hobby stock car at Merced Speedway. His car is a tribute to lives lost from that fateful day …

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April 15: IMCA All Star Tour

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Opening day jitters aren’t just for beginners. All eyes will be on the veteran drivers of Merced Speedway’s semi-pro division Saturday night. The International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified Division draws a national following, and the first race of the season is the IMCA All Star Tour- thanks to rain …

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April 8: New Mini-Late Model Class Opens Door for Young Racers

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Small cars will figure large in Merced Speedway’s future, as will the budding young drivers behind their steering wheels. The new class of racecars – the “Mini-Late Model” stock cars – are scheduled throughout the season  The 600cc motorcycle engine powered mini-cars are popular on the East Coast, where they have …

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