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July 7: Ken Schrader Visits Merced Speedway – To Compete in IMCA Modified; Darrell Hughes at the top in Modified Point Standings

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star NASCAR superstar Ken Schrader will race in the IMCA Modified division Saturday night at Merced Speedway, accepting the invitation offered to him by Ed Parker, the track’s late owner and promoter. Parker became friends with Schrader when meeting him at convention in Indianapolis two years ago. “Ed knew I …

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Racers, fans, friends and family gathered at Half Dome Hall in the Merced County Fairgrounds Friday morning to celebrate the life of Merced Speedway promoter Ed Parker, taken from us at the young age of 51.   Photos by Mike Adaskaveg

June 30: FREE FIREWORKS AND RACING! – Margie Mejia’s Love for Merced Speedway

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun Star The local racing scene was thrown into uncertainty when Merced Speedway owner and promoter Ed Parker passed away unexpectedly last week. The uncertainty was short-lived as  Atwater’s Margie Mejia stepped up with her personal money to guarantee the free Independence Day celebration  would take place Saturday night. Soft spoken …

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June 15 and 16: Dwarf Car Nationals are Here!

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Ballico’s Scott Dahlgreen, 59, is reaping big rewards from a little car. His teenage years were filled with hot summer evenings spent cruising 17thStreet in Merced and heading into the Fairgrounds for Merced Speedway’s weekly program. Today, his Dwarf Car is a time machine – taking him back to the …

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June 6: Annual Merced County Fair Race Night a Family Tradition

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star For stock car racers, The Merced County Fair is more than livestock competition, cotton candy and colorful whirling rides. Race night at the fair is showcase of the sport they love. On Wednesday night, the Merced Speedway IMCA Modified, Hobby Stock, and Mini-Late Model Divisions will be featured a non-stop, action …

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May 19: Brothers Thomas Sprint to IMCA SportMod Victories

  By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star The track and field team from Buhach Colony High School was in the stands cheering wildly during the last IMCA SportMod race at Merced Speedway. The team wasn’t cheering for a teammate running to victory in the 800-meter or the mile. The team was cheering for one of their …

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By Mike Adaskaveg Special to the Sun-Star In the grandstand of Merced Speedway, Ian Shearer and Jesse James Burks are larger than life competitors. They drive 600cc motorcycle engine powered Mini-Late Model cars, screaming down the straightaways and sliding through the turns of the quarter mile oval as fast as full size cars In real …

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May 5: Memories of a Red Bandana – Annual Race Honors Ted Stofle

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star A dust covered red bandana worn by legendary Merced Speedway driver Ted Stofle became an indelible symbol in the minds of race drivers and fans whose lives were touched by the driver who lost his life 38 years ago. On Saturday night at the Speedway, Stofle will be honored in the …

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April 28: Tim Elias At Home in IMCA SportMods

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Tim Elias isn’t shy about saying he’s going to make a run for the track championship in the IMCA SportMod division at Merced Speedway. Off to a good start in achieving his goal, Elias sits at the top of the division’s point tally going into Saturday night’s program of IMCA Modifieds, …

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APRIL 14: Large Field Expected for Egleston Memorial; Purse Increased!

By Mike Adaskaveg Merced Sun-Star Merced Speedway honors 2012 track Champion Bill Egleston on Saturday night with the re-scheduled memorial race that was rained out in March. Egleston, of Atwater, was killed while racing at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California the second week of January. The race purse has increased since March, with $4015 …

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