Big wins for McClure in Placerville |

Big wins for McClure in Placerville

Burney McClure wasn’t in a sharing mood at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.

The Nevada City-based Pure Stocks driver kept the checkered flags all to himself with wins in both his heat and the 20-lap main event.

“It was just about as good as it gets,” he said.

McClure was stuck in fourth after 10 laps, when opportunity knocked.

“As soon as the green flag dropped, three cars got in front of me, but halfway through, they got tangled up in lapped traffic and I didn’t,” he added.

McClure held on the rest of the way to complete the rare double.

With the wins – his fourth in a heat and second in an “A” Main this year – he moved into fifth place in the 1/4-mile dirt oval speedway’s points standings with 431.

Placerville’s own Mark Treat is perched atop the points standings at 489.

McClure, who’s won two of the last three “A” Mains in Placerville, has seven top-10 finishes this year – including five in the top five – in 11 starts this season.

Dan Brown Jr., also of Nevada City, posted second-place finishes in both his heat and the “A” Main.

Brown Jr., who has seven top-five finishes and three more in the top 10 in his 11 starts in Placerville this year, is right on Treat’s tail in second with 465 points.

McClure’s son, Mike, completed the local contingent’s domination of the 1/4-dirt oval with third-place finishes in both his heat and the “A” Main.

The 2004 Nevada Union grad has racked up three top-5, and seven top-10 finishes in 10 Placerville starts in 2004. He’s eighth in the points race with 408 points.

Dirt Modifieds

Nevada City’s Mike Haemming’s run of bad luck at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico continued Friday.

The Dirt Modified driver, whose run-in with lapped traffic late in July 30’s “A” Main cost him a shot at his fourth top-5 finish in his 15 starts to that point, was pushed to the back of the pack in his heat due to a flat tire sustained in a fender bender.

“It was the same thing that happened last week,” he said. “So, in the “A” Main, I started near the back.”

Unfazed, Haemming fought his way through most of the 16-car field to take sixth.

The finish – his 12th top-10 showing over 16 starts in Chico this season – keeps Haemming in the hunt for a top-5 finish points finish and the track’s Dirt Modified Rookie of the Year award with 603 points.

Marysville’s Ryan McDaniel, the “A” Main winner, remains on top of the speedway’s Dirt Modified division driver’s standings with 696 points.

Haemming’s sixth in points at 603.

Sprint Cars

Billy Wallace was the picture of consistency during the Placerville Speedway’s Pacific Sprints competition Saturday.

The Grass Valley driver, a regular on the traveling California Sprint Car Civil War Series, posted second-place finishes in both his heat and in the “A” Main.

In just five starts in Placerville this year, Wallace has five top-10 finishes and is 15th in the Pacific Sprints overall points race at 228.

Jeremy Bert, also of Grass Valley, rebounded from a last-place finish in Heat 4 to take fourth in the “B” Main to qualify for his fifth “A” Main event of the year.

Bert, who is 16th in the track’s points race with 216 points over 11 starts, took 17th.

Auburn’s David Robinson Jr., who took the checkered flag for his third “A” Main victory in Placerville of the year, is the current points leader at 492.

Colby Wiesz pulled double duty over the weekend. The Colfax-based driver competed in two separate divisions at two tracks and came away with mixed results.

In Friday’s 410 Sprint Car at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, also a California Sprint Car Civil War Series regular, he took fifth in Heat 2, but could only manage an 11th in the 22-car “A” Main.

The following night at Marysville’s Twin Cities Speedway, Wiesz rebounded in the Pacific Sprint’s main event with a fourth-place finish.

Jeff Hallieb, of Lake of the Pines, was right behind in fifth.

Pro Stocks

Nevada City’s Dan Brown kept his hot streak in the Placerville Speedway’s Pro Stock division Saturday.

Brown, who has 10 top-10 “A” Main finishes in 11 starts this season, notched his third heat win and went on to take his fifth top-5 “A” Main showing with a fourth place finish.

Brown is third in the Pro Stock points race at 468.

Shane Miller of Sacramento, leads the pack with 503 points.


If you have any local motor sports news to report, contact sports writer Keith Jiron via email at or by phone at 477-4244.

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