Brown breaks through
For Dan Brown, the wait is over.
The Nevada City-based Pro Stocks driver had posted a fistful of top-5 ‘A’ Main finishes this season, but couldn’t find his way into the winner’s circle.
Brown, who entered the Placerville Speedway’s 1/4-mile clay oval with five such performances over the previous 13 races, grabbed ahold of the lead early on and never let go.
“Finally. (It seems like this year I’ve) always been the bridesmaid,” Brown said. “I’ve held the lead in three or four mains, but I’d always blow a tranny or get into a wreck. There has been some really weird stuff going on this year, but you can’t give up.”
With one points race remaining on the schedule, Brown (593 points) – who’s third in the drivers standings behind Rancho Cordova’s Mike Moran (608) and Sacramento’s Shane Miller (632) – has all but cemented his third-straight top-5 finish in the overall points race.
At the Placerville Speedway, drivers in each of its three regular divisions earn 40 points for an ‘A’ Main win, 39 for a second-place finish, and so on, to a maximum of 20 places. Heat wins are worth five points. There is also a qualifying bonus worth a maximum of five points.
Brown, who took second in his six-car heat race, drove off with a total of 49 points. While his hopes for an overall points championship are slim, he’s knows he’s still in the hunt.
“All (Miller) has to do is get a start in the ‘A’ Main next week and go at least six laps and (he’ll wrap it up),” he said. “But you never can tell. There a lot of things that happen (on the track) that are beyond belief.
“I’d be real happy if I end up with third this year, because the competition out here is so tough.”
Nevada City’s Mike Haemmig staked his claim to the Silver Dollar Speedway’s (Chico) Dirt Modified division 2004 Rookie of Year award.
Haemmig, whose 690 points was good enough for sixth overall in drivers standings and first among rookies, took third in his Friday heat and fifth in the 15-car ‘A’ Main to rack up 43 points to move up to fifth overall at 743 points.
His biggest threat for the award, Marysville’s Dustin Massey, failed to make up any ground with an 11th-place finish. Massey’s eighth overall with 635 points.
With one points race left, Marysville’s Ryan McDaniel is in the driver’s seat for the points title at 768.
Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet nabbed his fifth top-5, and seventh top-10 finish in nine starts at Placerville with his second-place showing in the Pacific Sprints main event Saturday.
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace, who along with Sweet is a regular on the traveling California Sprint Car Civil War Series, missed the automatic cut for the ‘A’ Main with a sixth-place finish in his nine-car heat, but rebounded with a win in the ‘B’ Main to grab an invite to the night’s main event, in which he took fifth place.
Jeremy Burt, also of Grass Valley, took eighth in Heat 3.
At Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway Friday, Colfax’s 410 Sprint Car driver Colby Wiesz won his heat, then took fifth in the ‘A’ Main.
The following night at Marysville’s Twin Cities Speedway, Wiesz grabbed 11th in the Pacific Sprints ‘A’ Main.
Grass Valley brothers Pat and Daniel Weger had mixed results in Placerville Saturday.
Pat Weger followed a seventh-place finish in his 10-car heat, with a 17th in the ‘A’ Main.
Daniel Weger was fifth in both his heat race and the ‘A’ Main.
Nevada City Pure Stock driver Mike McClure nabbed third in the ‘A’ Main at Placerville Saturday to notch a 10th top-10 – and sixth top-5 – finish on 13 starts.
McClure who took second in his heat race, is fifth overall in points with 550. Placerville’s Mark Treat leads the pack with 616 points.
Dan Brown Jr., also of Nevada City, was fourth in his eight-car heat race and 13th in the ‘A’ Main. Brown Jr. is third in drivers standings with 577.
McClure’s father, Burney, followed up a third-place heat finish with 14th in the main event. Burney McClure is seventh in points at 520.
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