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April 1: Nathan Rolfe at Home – 305 Racesaver Sprints At Merced Speedway For the First Time

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Merced Speedway’s season opening program Saturday night will be a special homecoming for Atwater teenager Nathan Rolfe. Rolfe, a standout winged sprint car driver, will race for the first time at his hometown track – the same track his dad, Dennis, raced stock cars on when he was young. The Winged …

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March 25: Season Opener – West Coast IMCA SportMods AND IMCA Mods, Hobby Stocks, Mini-Stocks

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Merced Speedway opens Saturday night with the first of several big events planned for 2017 season. More than 100 cars are expected as West Coast SportMod Tour joins the IMCA Modified, Hobby Stock and Mini-Stock Divisions for the first event of the year. The event is sponsored by D and …

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Champions Honored at 2016 Merced Speedway Awards Banquet

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Back at the start of the 2016 racing season, driver Rick Diaz set out on a mission to win the Merced Speedway IMCA SportMod division championship in honor of friend John Fore, Jr. – a fellow driver who died in a workplace accident just weeks before. On Saturday night, at the …

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Nov. 19: Awards Banquet Honors 2016 Track Champions

Merced Speedway’s champions and top drivers in each division will be honored at the 2016 Awards Banquet on November 19. “We will celebrate a very successful season,” first-year speedway owner and promoter Ed Parker said. “We will honor the champions and give recognition to the drivers who competed in each of our five regular divisions.” …

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Oct. 15: John Fore, Jr. 9D SportMod Nationals

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Merced Speedway’s 2016 season will come to a close in a big way Saturday evening, as the track hosts the first John Fore, Jr. 9D SportMod Nationals. Offering hefty winnings, the event is expected to draw SportMod and Hobby Stock drivers from across the state. The race is in the …

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Sept. 24: Matt Van Hoecke Remembered – Fundraiser for American Cancer Society; Championship Night – Last Points Races

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Matt Van Hoecke will live on in the memory of Merced Speedway racers and fans, as Saturday’s program raises funds for the American Cancer Society in his honor. A speedway fixture for 30 years, he passed away from prostate cancer nearly three years ago. Van Hoecke found a way to become …

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Fred Ryland Finds Makes Merced Speedway His Home

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Home is where the competition lives. That’s why Brentwood driver Fred Ryland travels two hours to race at Merced Speedway even though there are racetracks closer to where he lives. Ryland will be at his home away from home Saturday night when the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified and SportMod …

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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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