Jimmy Mars' Dirt Late Model

Farmer City, IL – March 31, 2012 – Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., added another major-event victory to his already bulging resume, holding off Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to capture Saturday night’s Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway. Racing in front of a standing-room-only crowd, Mars roared off the outside pole starting spot to grab the lead at the initial green flag and never relinquished the position. He turned back repeated challenges from Lanigan during the race’s final circuits to pocket the $20,000 top prize. “I’ve never really been all that good here at Farmer City where I’ve been in contention to win,” said Mars, who recorded his first-ever victory at the quarter-mile fairgrounds oval. “So to come out of here with a win – to me, it’s a true honor.” Mars, 40, drove his Weld Racing wheel equipped Mars Race Car across the finish line 0.308 of a second in front of Lanigan, who advanced from the sixth starting spot in his Rocket mount and retained his WoO LMS points lead.