Driver’s Honored at the 2019 Awards Banquet

2019 I-Smile Silver IMCA Late Models (pictured in front from L to R) Tommy Elston (Track Champion), and Ron Boyse (2nd). (Back row from L to R) Brandon Queen (5th), and Darin Weisinger Jr. (6th). (Not pictured is Jay Johnson (3rd), Ray Raker (4th), Stacy Griffis (7th), Brian Harris (8th), Nick Marolf (9th), and Matt Strassheim (10th)).
2019 305 Sprint Cars (pictured in front from L to R) Tanner Gebhardt (Track Champion), and Harold Pohren (2nd). (Back row L to R) Nathan Murders (3rd), Mason Campbell (5th), and Jeff Wilke (7th). (Not pictured is Brayden Gaylord (4th), Dillan Roth (6th), Daniel Bergquist, Joe Laue, and Kelly Graham all tied for 8th).
2019 Budweiser IMCA Modifieds (pictured in front from L to R) John Oliver Jr. (Track Champion), Dennis LaVeine (2nd), and Jeff Waterman (3rd). (Back row L to R) Chadwick Giberson (tied for 4th), Levi Smith (6th), Mitch Boles (7th), and Dugan Thye (10th). (Not pictured is Bill Roberts Jr. (tied for 4th), Dakota Simmons (8th), and Craig Spegal (9th)).
2019 Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Cars (pictured in front from L to R) Jeremy Pundt (Track Champion), and Chad Krogmeier (2nd). (Back row L to R) Jerry Jansen (4th), Tyler Moore (6th), and Kyle Boyd (7th). (Not pictured is Abe Huls (3rd), Beau Taylor (5th), Brandon Savage (8th), Jason Cook (9th), and Les Blakley (10th)).
2019 Roberts Tire Center IMCA SportMods (pictured in front from L to R) Daniel Fellows (Track Champion), Brandon Dale (2nd), Austen Becerra (3rd), and Jim Powell (4th). (Back row L to R) Brian Bergheger (5th), Kyle Hamelton (7th), Ron Kibbe (8th), and Sean Wyett (tied for 9th). (Not pictured is Adam Birck (6th), and Steven Berry (tied for 9th)).
2019 Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compacts (pictured in front from L to R) Brandon Reu (track champion), Trent Orwig (2nd), and Kimberly Abbott (3rd). (Back row L to R) Cody Bowman (4th), Barry Taft (5th), David Prim (6th), and Wesley Talley (9th). (Not pictured is Jason Ash (7th), Dylan Schantz (8th), and Josh Barnes (10th)).

All pictured taken by D&M Racing Photography

Mars Releases 2020 Series Schedule, Kicks Season Off with 9th Annual Thaw Brawl

(Photo Credit: Ryan Roberts)

(January 11, 2020) – The Mars Dirt Car Series is pleased to release the dates of the 2020 season. The current schedule will see the series travel to 9 different venues in three different states. The 21st season of the Mars tour will kick off at Lee Country Speedway with the 9th Annual Thaw Brawl. This will be a two day show March 27th and 28th. Friday night will feature two features paying $2,500 to win each. The finale on Saturday will pay $12,000 to win.

A trio of $10,000 to win events also highlight the 2020 Schedule. This includes a return to Farmer City May 8th for the 4th Annual Farmer City 74 followed by a May 9th visit to Fairbury Speedway for the FALS Spring Showcase, both races paying $10,000 to the winner. The other $10,000 to win show is the Hall of Fame Classic at Brownstown Speedway Saturday August 8th.

The Series will also be making first time visits to Peoria Speedway and East Moline at the Bullring of RICO Fairgrounds. The season will wrap up Labor Day weekend with a pair of $5,000 to win shows at Farmer City and Fairbury. The Series still has a few dates they are looking to secure before the season begins.

Friday, March 27thLee County Speedway (Donnellson, IA)9th Annual Thaw BrawlTwin $2,500-to-win
Saturday, March 28thLee County Speedway (Donnellson, IA)9th Annual Thaw Brawl$12,000-to-win
Sunday, March 29thLee County Speedway (Donnellson, IA)9th Annual Thaw BrawlRAIN DATE
Friday, April 10thTBATBATBA
Saturday, April 11thPeoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)Steve Lance Sr. Night$5,000-to-win
Friday, May 8thFarmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL)Farmer City 74$10,000-to-win
Saturday, May 9thFairbury Speedway (Fairbury, IL)FALS Spring Showcase$10,000-to-win
Saturday, May 16thBrownstown Speedway (Brownstown, IN)TBA$3,000-to-win
Sunday, May 17thBullring at RICo Fairgrounds (East Moline,IL)TBA$5,000-to-win
Sunday, May 24thSpoon River Speedway (Banner, IL)Gary Cook Jr. Memorial$5,000-to-win
Monday, May 25thTBATBATBA
Friday, May 29thTBATBATBA
Saturday, May 30thShadyhill Speedway (Medaryville, IN)TBA$5,000-to-win
Friday, Aug 7thTBATBATBA
Saturday, August 8thBrownstown Speedway (Brownstown, IN)Hall of Fame Classic$10,000-to-win
Saturday, August 22ndPeoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)Illinois State Championship$5,000-to-win
Sunday, August 23rdQuincy Raceways (Quincy, IL)Sunday Funday$5,000-to-win
Friday, September 4thFarmer City Raceway (Farmer City, IL)Casey’s General Stores Nationals$5,000-to-win
Saturday, September 5thFairbury Speedway (Fairbury, IL)Late Model Shootout$5,000-to-win

*All events are tentative and subject to change.

For more information on the MARS Racing Series, contact Sixteens Race Promotions at (815) 715-1616 or log onto or


With the 2019 racing season coming to a close, Brian and Marcie Gaylord would like to say THANK YOU to every race fan, every driver, their families and pit crews for your support during the entire season!!!! We also need to say THANK YOU to each and every sponsor who helped to bring the racing action to the small town of Donnellson, Iowa!!! They would also like to say THANK YOU to the entire track crew, fire and ambulance crews, the wrecker crews, the kitchen staff, and the Lee County Fair Association for all your hard work during each race night!! Without all of you we couldn’t keep bringing you all the great racing action to the Pepsi Lee County Speedway. So once again THANK YOU SO MUCH!

As first year promoter’s, yes we did have some hick-ups along the way. But we look to improve on them for the 2020 season. Plans are already in the works on the 2020 schedule, so stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page when we have things finalized. We are also looking at having the 2019 banquet in late January or early February, so stay tuned for more information. Until next year, we hope everyone has a very happy holiday season. And we look forward in seeing everyone in 2020!