A turn for the better
Marysville’s Twin Cities Speedway has given Billy Wallace fits for most of this year.
In his first three California Sprint Car Civil War Series races there this season, the Grass Valley-based driver has posted 10th-, 22nd- and 21st-place finishes.
“We haven’t had the best luck there. In one of the races I was running in the top five, then I made a mistake and hit a tire. In another race I was upside down on the first lap,” said Wallace, a 1988 Nevada Union graduate.
His luck took a turn for the better Saturday.
Wallace began the night on the right foot with a third-place heat finish, then grabbed fifth in the ‘A’ Main.
In 12 series starts this year, Wallace has three top-5, and seven top-10 ‘A’ Main finishes.
“I wasn’t really happy with the way the car was handling, but the competition’s so tough out there, I’m happy (with my finish),” he said.
Wallace, who finished third in series points in 1999, then fifth the following year, is currently sixth with 676 points.
Colfax’s Colby Wiesz, who finished in the middle of the pack of his eight-car heat race, took eighth to post his seventh top-10 finish of the year.
Wiesz holds down fifth in the points race at 722.
Foresthill-based driver David Robinson Jr. is first in drivers standings with 812 points.
Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, missed an automatic berth into the ‘A’ Main by one place thanks to a fifth-place heat finish, but took care of business in the 17-car ‘B’ Main.
The 2004 Bear River graduate grabbed a ticket to the main event with a fifth-place showing in the preliminary qualifier.
Sweet went on to take ninth in the ‘A’ Main. He currently leads the seven-man western Nevada County contingent in the hunt for the series points championship in third with 766.
Pat Harvey Jr., also of Grass Valley, made it to the main event in almost a carbon copy of Sweet’s route.
He was bumped to the ‘B’ Main by virtue of a fifth-place heat finish. He made his way to sixth in the ‘B’ Main by the time the checkered flag dropped to make the cut.
Harvey Jr., who is 34th in the series standings with 288 points, took 16th in the main event.
Jeff Halleib was runner up in his heat and 15th in the ‘A’ Main.
The Grass Valley driver is 10th in points at 590.
Jeremy Burt, also of Grass Valley, was sixth in his heat, then 13th in the ‘B’ Main.
Burt is 55th in overall points with 120.
Elk Grove’s Greg DeCaires won the ‘A’ Main.
The series’ final race of the year will take place at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with qualifying set to start at 6:30 p.m.
• Nevada City Dirt Modifieds driver Mike Haemmig took sixth place in the ‘A’Main at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford Sept. 11.
• Daniel and Patrick Weger, both of Grass Valley, will head to Marysville’s Twin Cities Speedway to compete in the Ninth Annual Dwarf Car Nationals Friday and Saturday.
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