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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 Iowa Hawkeyes football and men's basketball, as well as auto racing for the Gazette.

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Daytona Duels develop differently for Cassill, Gase

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Track position is a valuable thing - even at a restrictor plate track like Daytona International Speedway.

Cedar Rapids native Landon Cassill got another example of why on Thursday night during the first Can-Am Duel 150 qua ... »

Cassill, Gase eager to represent Cedar Rapids in Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When the 59th Daytona 500 rolls off on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, three cities in the United States can say they have multiple drivers vying for the Harley J. Earl Trophy - Welcome, N.C., Las Vegas and Cedar Rapids. ... »

Motorsport drivers spend more than most make in a year to compete

Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?

Such is the central question and way of life and business in modern day auto racing, whether that's at the professional level in NASCAR or IndyCar, or at the local level in Eastern Iowa racing IMCA ... »

Joey Gase inks deal with BK Racing, to make first Daytona 500 start

Some guys have to make their dreams happen. Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase does that for a living - making his NASCAR dream happen out of both desire and necessity.

Tuesday came with an announcement that explained clearly that the work he's done ... »

IMCA sees key Modified, Late Model changes as ‘necessary’

VINTON - It's been a few weeks now since IMCA released its rule book for the 2017 racing season, and those affected by rule changes have had some time to let it all digest.

While there wasn't any gigantic shift in rules for any particular divisi ... »

Landon Cassill heading to 2017 with perspective

Perspective and improvement.

When you're a racecar driver who works for a team that is not among the sport's elite - more specifically, best-funded - those two things are necessary and vital. Cedar Rapids native Landon Cassill, who just finished ... »

Podcast: ‘Inside Track’ talks championship season with Tony Olson

The Inside Track Podcast returns this week with co-hosts Jeremiah Davis and Danny Lehmkuhl breaking down all things motorsports in Eastern Iowa - on dirt and asphalt.

Inside Track welcomes 2016 IMCA Northern SportMod National Champion and E ... »

Tony Olson is Eastern Iowa Driver of the Year

Tony Olson doesn't have room in his shop for all the trophies. That'll happen when you win 75 races in three seasons.

The Cedar Rapids driver has raced IMCA Modifieds, asphalt Modifieds and IMCA Sport Mods for 16 years, but it was a decision aft ...

"I'm always proud of Tony."

Those were the words of Tony Olson's dad, Randy, who's been involved with dirt racing in Eastern Iowa since 1989. No, it's not news that a father is proud of his son. But the Olsons are a prideful family. The roots of ...

Accusations and insults aren't the only thing Tony gets from the negative side of social media.

He also gets a hard time for not moving back up to Modified. People see the success he's had and assume the division is too easy or he's cherry picki ... »

Tyler Bruening caps off Deery Bros title at Liberty 100

WEST LIBERTY - Tyler Bruening stood in his trailer, drenched in sweat and hunched over a work bench - but with a smile on his face after Saturday night's IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models finale at the Liberty 100.

There was no d ... »

Brody Willett takes next step toward NASCAR dream

ALBURNETT - It might be "one of 20 stairs to get there" but 14-year-old Alburnett racecar driver Brody Willett, his family and Brody Willett Racing have taken the first step into big-time asphalt racing.

Willett will drive a Lefthander Chassis h ... »