Updated: Dec 29, 2019
December 27, 2019 - The 2020 Mars Dirt Car Series schedule is starting to take shape. The Mars Series has a new owner for 2020. It was announced back in October that Chris Tilley sold the series to long time race promoter and former track promoter at LaSalle Speedway, Tony Izzo Jr. Tony runs Sixteen Race Promotions that has put on several big events over the past few seasons in the Midwest. Today the Series made several social media posts of events that are slated for the 2020 season. All these tracks in the Central Illinois Region so far.
We talked with Tony at the Performance Racing Industry show back in Indianapolis earlier this month. He said he had some announcements coming soon on the 2020 schedule. He hinted then at returns of the series to some the same tracks it visited in 2019 and would sanction some of the marquee events it did as well last season. Tony said he is working with tracks on making dates work for them and the series as well. His focus was to not schedule races near where other key Late Model events were taking place. He wants to put races on the schedule that makes sense and will help car counts for the Series and the tracks hosting the events.
Tony has some dates set in stone and a couple of great events scheduled May 8th and 9th. May 8th the Mars Series will sanction the Farmer City 74 at Farmer City Speedway and May 9th the FALS Spring Showcase at Fairbury Speedway. Other events at Spoon River and a pair of events at Peoria Speedway have also been announced. The confirmed dates are below and we will update once other dates are announced.
2020 MARS Late Model Schedule
Date Track Purse
Apr 11 Peoria Speedway (Steve Lance Sr. Night) $5,000
May 8 Farmer City Raceway (Farmer City 74) $10,000
May 9 Fairbury Speedway (FALS Spring Showcase) $10,000
May 24 Spoon River Speedway (Gary Cook Jr Memorial) $5,000
May 30 Shadyhill Speedway (Race #7 Spring Nationals) $5,000
Aug 22 Peoria Speedway (Illinois State Championship) $5,000
Aug 23 Quincy Raceways (MARS Late Models) $5,000
Sep 5 Fairbury Speedway (Late Model Shootout) $5,000
Sep 6 East Moline (Ron Marks Jr Memorial) $5,000