MARS Racing Series Prepares To Embark On New Season

The Mid America Racing Series (MARS) Super Late Models are busily preparing for the 2020 campaign. While the tour will sanction its 22nd year of action in 2020, it will be under new guidance. Back in March 2019, Illinois racing veteran, Tony Izzo Jr. purchased the series from Kentuckian Chris Tilley, who owned the series from 2017 to 2018.

Izzo’s company Sixteens Race Promotions is set to oversee MARS operations moving into the new year. Currently 15 dates are schedule at 10 different ovals in three states. Additionally, two dates are still to be finalized.

MARS website photo

The 2020 MARS campaign opens on March 27-28 with the ninth annual Thaw Brawl at Lee County Speedway (Donnellson, Iowa). The weekend includes twin $2,500-to-win races on the first night, with the second night featuring a $12,000-to-win finale.

Notably, Illinois has the most stops on the tour with 10 events at seven tracks. Stops in the “Land of Lincoln” include Farmer City Raceway, Kankakee County Speedway, Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Peoria Speedway, Quincy Raceway, Spoon River Speedway and the Bullring at Rico Fairgrounds.

MARS website photo

Meanwhile, Indiana checks in with stops at Brownstown Speedway and Shadyhill Speedway.

The 2020 season draws to a close on September 4-5 with a pair of $5,000-to-win events at Farmer City Raceway and Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Chapel Hill, Tennessee’s David Seibers claimed his first MARS title in 2019.

Fairbury Speedway makes three appearances on the 2020 MARS schedule. (Rocky Ragusa photo)

2020 MARS Racing Series Schedule
March 27: Lee County Speedway (Donnellson, Iowa)
March 28: Lee County Speedway (Donnellson, Iowa)
April 11: Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois)
May 8: Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois)
May 9: Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, Illinois)
May 15: Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, Illinois)
May 16: Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana)
May 17: Bullring at Rico Fairgrounds (East Moline, Illinois)
May 24: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, Illinois)
May 29: TBA
May 30: Shadyhill Speedway (Medaryville, Indiana)
May 31: TBA
August 8: Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana)
August 22: Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Illinois)
August 23: Quincy Raceways (Quincy, Illinois)
September 4: Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City, Illinois)
September 5: Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, Illinois)

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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