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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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Benning returning to Independence Motor Speedway as promoter

INDEPENDENCE — What’s old is new again for Independence Motor Speedway.

The track announced Wednesday Dana Benning and his company B&D Promotions — named for he and his son Brady — would be returning to pro [...]

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ARCA shares weekend with IndyCar at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — In its short time as a major-level racing facility, Iowa Speedway has become a destination track for many drivers in several national series, including NASCAR Nationwide (soon to be Xfinity) and Camping World Trucks.

T [...]

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IndyCar returning to Iowa Speedway on July 18

NEWTON — Throughout his tenure as Iowa Speedway President, Jimmy Small has said repeatedly he and his staff are listening to the fans.

So when, at the end of 2014, it felt like fans, in their feedback, weren’t getting qu [...]

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Iowa Speedway announces USAC Silver Crown race

Iowa Speedway announced Tuesday morning the United States Auto Club Silver Crown Series will return to Newton for the first time since 2012. The open-wheel cars will race Saturday, June 20, 2015, and will “cap” the weekend of [...]

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Cassill in ‘one of the best places’ of his career

It’s been a season of bests for Cedar Rapids native and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill.

He opened the season with a career-best 12th-place finish in the Daytona 500. He one-upped that at Talladega Superspeedway [...]

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Kay finishes 2014 in style

It’s hard to find new ways to put what The Gazette’s Eastern Iowa Driver of the Year Justin Kay did in 2014 into words.

The Wheatland native has only been in a Late Model for a few years, but in that time has gone from t [...]

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Former Indy 500 winner in UI Homecoming parade


IOWA CITY — When the University of Iowa's Homecoming parade rolls off Friday, its Grand Marshal will not be an alumni.

That may seem strange, but it's for a good reason: it's 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, who r [...]

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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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