Mars Attacks Volusia Foes
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — One night after leading the most laps and not winning, Jimmy Mars led the lap that counted the most in the UMP DIRTcar Late Model feature at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday night.
Mars, of Menomonie, Wis., started third and took the lead from Jason Feger on lap 15. Mars drove off over the final 15 laps to score the $7,000 victory, his first in Florida in 11 years.
“The car was awesome,” Mars said. “It has been a while since we raced down here and we’re pretty pumped up about it. You’re talking the best of the best here. Last night, we gave one up on a restart. I was sure hoping we weren’t going to have another one. The car felt real good.”
Mars didn’t have to worry about a restart as the 30-lap A-main went non-stop.
Mike Marlar led the field to the green flag and led into turn one. Feger shot off the top of turn two and into the lead. Mars fell back to fourth, but soon moved by Josh Richards and back into third.
Feger continued to lead with Marlar and Mars closing. Mars took second spot on lap 12 and go after the lead.
He was under Feger in turns three and four and they were close at the line on lap 14. Mars secured the lead on the next lap.
The race for the win was over, but the battle for spots in the top five would rage over the final 15 laps. Feger held off sixth-starter Scott Bloomquist for second. Richards held on for fourth and 10th-starter Jonathan Davenport was fifth.
Don O’Neal set a track record in qualifying with a lap of 15.813 for the 74-car field.
Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Steve Francis, Dan Schlieper, Jimmy Owens, Ron Davies, Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, WillVaught, John Blankenship, Billy Moyer, Rick Eckert, Casey Roberts, Clint Smith, Austin Hubbard, Jack Sullivan, Dillan White, Larry Wight, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell.