SARVER, PA – June 25, 2011 – Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., turned the fifth annual Firecracker 100 into a personal joy-ride on Saturday night, romping to his second career victory in the crown-jewel World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Lernerville Speedway.
Driving the same Weld Racing wheel equipped MB Customs car that he steered to the checkered flag in the 2009 edition of the summer-starting spectacular, Mars navigated forward from the seventh starting spot to grab the lead from 2007 Firecracker 100 winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., on lap 45 and never looked back. He cruised around the four-tenths-mile oval to post a commanding 4.434-second margin of victory over Bloomquist.
“This route (to victory) went a little bit smoother,” said Mars, who registered his fourth career win on the WoO LMS. “Usually it seems like all of my bigger wins have been kind of an uphill battle, but tonight went pretty good. Once we were able to get up to the front and kind of run the line that I wanted to, everything was just awesome.”
Mars, 39, pocketed $30,050 as he became the first repeat winner of the Firecracker 100, which was contested in front of a massive crowd and the SPEED television cameras. The Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com will be broadcast on Sat., July 9, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time as a two-hour special event on the SPEED cable network.