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Thomas and Corn: Young Up and Coming Drivers

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star Young drivers Chase Thomas and Garrett Corn will never forget the sweet taste of their first stock car feature victories at Merced Speedway. Thomas, a senior at Buhach Colony High School, topped a field of experienced drivers in the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod feature event last Saturday night. …

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August 20: Bubba’s World – Wins in Two Divisions Would Make Racing More Fun

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star When Bruce “Bubba” Nelson won the Merced Speedway Hobby Stock feature event last Saturday night, he jumped onto the door of his car and raised his arms with hands in the air, bowing to the grandstand like he won the biggest race of his career. Nelson usually doesn’t race in the …

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Photo Highlights: Sportsman Legends of Merced Night Honoring Jerry Holzer

The Sportsman Legends Group Photo – (Left to right)  Back Row: Mike Friesen  Mickey Shaw, Duane Noe, Dennis Moomjean, Rod Poor, Jerry Cecil, Chuck Griffin, and Jerry Holzer. Next Row: Gary Rocha, Irv Eldridge, Eldon Minor (longsleve white shirt) and Jack Houston. Third Row: Paul Gomez, Gordon Rogers. Charlie Huff,  and Tom Friesen. Up front …

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August 13: Legends Night Honors Jerry Holzer

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star When Jerry Holzer was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, he had no idea how his life would change after returning home. He had a “ride” as a motorcycle racer before serving his country. Two years later, he returned to Merced to dust off his bike and ride again. Fate …

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IMCA SportMod Championship Drive: Mike Drake On the Move

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star No Car. No Money. No worries. College Student Mike Drake’s laid-back demeanor hides a burning desire to win the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) SportMod Championship at Merced Speedway. Drake, from Turlock, doesn’t have a job. He doesn’t own his own racecar. He’s a single, full-time student at Modesto Junior College. …

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The Race for the Championship: Brown Delivers in IMCA Modifieds

by Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star Life is a highway for Chowchilla racer Randy Brown and his young family. Racing in North Dakota this week, and Oregon two weeks ago, the Browns will be back at Merced Speedway when the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) modifieds are headlining the show on Saturday night. “We’re in …

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Hobby Stock Championship a Family Affair for the Shearers

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star A schoolteacher and a racecar shop owner are in a fight to the finish for the Merced Speedway Hobby Stock Championship. Husband and wife Michael and Kristie Shearer are at the top of their class, which is featured along with IMCA SportMods, Mini-Stocks and Junior Stock Go-Karts this Saturday night at …

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Tim Post Memorial Photo Highlights

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TIM POST MEMORIAL RACE: CELEBRATION BEGINS AT 3:30 – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT; RACING AT 7 P.M.; FIREWORKS AT 9 P.M.

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Few people know the significance of the old blue Ford farm tractor stoically sitting in the center of the infield at Merced Speedway. A baseball cap is permanently mounted to the front of that tractor. It is the same cap Timmy Post wore the last time he drove the tractor. For …

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MOTORCYCLE ART: Mark Brooks Takes a Look at Last Saturday’s AMA Flat Track Race!

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