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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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Petrzelkas battling for Hobby Stock title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Matt Petrzelka’s three-year grip on the Hobby Stock division at Hawkeye Downs Speedway may finally be showing signs of loosening — not only from a former champion, but his own brother as well.

“It&# [...]

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Experience pays off in WoO Late Models main event

INDEPENDENCE — You can’t buy experience.

That was the refrain from Darrell Lanigan in Victory Lane on Thursday at Independence Motor Speedway, after he won the World of Outlaws Late Model main event and pocketed a cool $ [...]

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Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: July 23

Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings, which returns after a week away. 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 sh [...]

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Racing community comes together again

WEST LIBERTY — It’s been said before the racing community is like one big family.

Sure, there are times not everyone gets along. Racers are there to beat each other and fans are there to root for their favorite car or dr [...]

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Auringer dominates 20th Hogan Memorial

VINTON — Memorial races are always a little bittersweet by nature.

That’s especially so for the annual Hogan Memorial race, held each year at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, honoring Dick and Janet Hogan. The event cel [...]

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Late finish sparked by Montoya, Carpenter wreck

NEWTON — In each of its eight installments, the IndyCar Series’ annual stop at Iowa Speedway has brought with it good — and often great — racing, with some exciting finishes along the way.

Saturday night&#x [...]

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Hunter-Reay uses late pit stop to power to win

NEWTON — There’s a saying that floats around pit areas at racetracks across the country: “Tires are king.”

Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay put an exclamation poin [...]

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Jones wins battle of rising NASCAR stars

NEWTON — Every so often, there are nights in NASCAR's top three series when you realize you're watching the sport's future grow up before your eyes.

Last night at Iowa Speedway was one of those nights, as two of the rising [...]

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Unpredictable conditions in store for IndyCar at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — It’s well-documented the unique challenges Iowa Speedway presents IndyCar drivers, but there was another that reared its head repeatedly during a rainy practice and qualifying day Friday.

With the NASCAR Camping [...]

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Truck Series features good mix of youth and veterans

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has always been considered a developmental series — the Class AA of NASCAR, as it were.

It’s the first step in national touring series for NASCAR, and many of today’s Sprint C [...]

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