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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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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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