Colfax driver battles
Colby Weisz says he didn’t have to look very far to find who was to blame for his bad day at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.
All he has to do is look in the mirror.
The Colfax-based driver turned in a less-than-inspiring performance in his heat race in Week 7 of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series, but fought his way into contention for a top-six finish in the “B” Main, and with that a berth into the night’s main event.
“I started off in 13th and moved up to the seventh spot with three laps to go,” said Weisz, who entered the race tied with Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet for fourth place in the series’ points standings. “I just ran out of time.”
Weisz made his move in the final turn. Foot to the floor, he chose the line that he thought would pay off.
He guessed wrong.
He finished 12th.
“I had a 50/50 chance,” he said. “It was all driver error.”
Roger Crockett of Eugene, Ore., took the “A” Main’s checkered flag.
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace, who took second in Heat 4, led area racers with a fourth-place finish in the “A” Main.
Thanks to an eighth-place finish in Heat 4, Grass Valley’s Mark Hall was in a hole early.
But Hall, the 2002 series runner up, roared back into top-money hunt with a third-place finish in the “B” main.
He went on to take seventh in “A” Main.
Lake of the Pines resident Jeff Hallieb and Sweet, who each posted fourth-place finishes in their separate heats, took 16th and 17th in the main, respectively.
Grass Valley’s Robert Stice, a 12th-place finisher in Heat 2, went on to take 13th in the “C” Main.
Jeremy Burt, also of Grass Valley, grabbed fourth in the “D” Main. Pat Harvey Jr., the seventh Grass Valley entrant in the race, took seventh place in Heat 1.
The Civil War series will park the cars for the Independence Day holiday weekend, but will kick it into full gear July 10 at the Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville.
Civil War Points Standings
Hall, who was 30 points behind series leader David Robinson Jr. of Foresthill with 403 points after last week, remains in second at 469.
Sweet (439) took over sole possession of fifth, while Weisz is hot on his heels in sixth with 420 points.
Wallace (375) holds down the ninth-place spot for the second-straight week. Hallieb’s remains in 12th at 334 points.
Stice (164) dropped three spots to 36th. Harvey Jr. (158) fell five places to 37th.
Burt (41) dropped four notches to 68th. The Lake of the Pines’ Richard Brace Jr., who didn’t make the trip to Placerville, fell eight spots to 60th with 54 points.
Silver Dollar Speedway
Nevada City’s Mike Haeming remained in the Chico track’s top 10 driver points standings thanks to a fourth-place finish in the “A” Main Friday.
Haeming, who took third in his heat, is sixth overall with 453 points.
The Silver Dollar Speedway’s next races will be held Sunday.
If you have local motor sports news to report, contact sports reporter Keith Jiron via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 447-4244.
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