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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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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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