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Jeremiah Davis
Hi, I'm Jeremiah Davis. I grew up in northwest Iowa, went to Iowa State, then spent a year living in Phoenix before coming to Cedar Rapids in May 2013. I cover auto racing and prep sports for the Gazette.

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Small happy with Iowa Speedway’s 2014, hopes for more

The last 10 months have been a whirlwind for Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and his staff.

After NASCAR purchased the track late last year, it set goals for Small and the speedway to meet. And they had — pardon the pun &#x [...]

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Pickart honored at Race 'Em or Wreck 'Em event in Farley


FARLEY — Whenever there's a tragedy in sports — especially in racing — there are many different ways to honor those hurt or killed in competition.

In 2006, Rahal-Letterman driver Paul Dana was killed in an IndyC [...]

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Regulations for specialty race events defined after fatal accident

CEDAR RAPIDS — In the wake of the accident that killed 68-year-old Norway resident John Pickart on Saturday at Haw [...]

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Race ‘Em or Wreck ‘Em event to go on at Farley

CEDAR RAPIDS — Track officials at Farley Speedway confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Race ‘Em or Wreck ‘Em event scheduled for Sunday at the Farley track will go on as scheduled.

There was some doubt the event would no [...]

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Driver killed in accident at Hawkeye Downs Speedway

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police confirmed Monday 68-year-old John Pickart, of Norway, was killed at Hawkeye Downs Speedway was killed after a crash in Saturday night’s “Race ‘Em or Wreck ‘Em” eve [...]

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Callahan has stars align for back to back Yankee wins

FARLEY – In a 100-lap race on dirt, it takes a few different things behind the wheel to come home a winner.

Drivers have to be patient, conserving tires and negotiating traffic. Yet at the same time, they have to be aggressive enough [...]

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Gase secures sponsor, to make first Cup start

Every racer who’s ever strapped on a helmet at some local track in the United States has fantasized about racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or IndyCar Series at one time or another.

It’s a dream few see realized.

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Eastern Iowa racers run well at IMCA Supernationals

BOONE — The IMCA Supernationals means a lot to racers and race fans.

The dirt racing event may not resonate in the national spotlight like the World 100, Knoxville Nationals or King’s Royal might, but to IMCA racers it&# [...]

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Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: August 27 (Final)


Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings. Each week of the racing season, the Gazette's Jeremiah Davis will rank the area's top 10 drivers across all divisions.

Think the list should be different? Tweet him at < [...]

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Eckrich family, Walton enter Dirt Hall of Fame

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is far from a lavish building.

Located in Walton, Ky., it’s a small — by hall of fame standards, at least — building that lacks the funding NASCAR, football and basketbal [...]

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