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Haemmig beats odds, takes third

CHICO – Mike Haemmig was due.

The Nevada City Dirt Modifieds driver had suffered more than his share of awful luck over the past three weeks, but turned it around in the ‘A’ Main at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico Friday.

Haemmig, whose first-lap fenderbender in his heat race flattened his two front tires – the third such occurrence in as many weeks for the 1987 Nevada Union grad – rebounded in style to take third in the 11-car main event.

“When you get two flats in the heat race, you know you’re going to start in the back of the pack in the main. And when you still take third, you’ve got to feel pretty good,” said Haemmig, who notched his fourth top-5 ‘A’ Main finish in 17 starts.

With two points races left at Chico this season, Haemmig, who holds down sixth place in the division’s driver’s standings with 647 points, solidified his status as the odds-on favorite to take the division’s Rookie of the Year status.

Fellow rookie Dustin Massey of Marysville was Haemmig’s closest rival for the award headed into Friday, was a no-show.

Massey fell to eighth place overall, an almost insurmountable 85 points behind Haemmig.

“I think I’ve got it, but you never know,” Haemmig said of the award. “I can’t seem to win a main, so I just want to win a trophy for my son (Dillon).”

Ryan McDaniel of Marysville is atop the standings with 736 points.

Pure Stocks

Nevada City’s Pure Stocks driver Mike McClure made it look easy at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.

McClure followed a Heat 1 win – his second of the season – with a second-place finish in the ‘A’ Main behind current points leader, Mark Treat (537) of Placerville.

McClure moved into sixth place at 457 points with his fourth top-5 finish in 11 starts.

Dan Brown Jr., also of Nevada City, bounced back from a seventh-place, Heat 1 finish to take fourth in the main event.

Brown Jr., who has posted eight top-5 finishes in 12 starts this season, is 30 points behind Treat in second place overall.

In only his second start of the season, Grass Valley’s Keith Robertson finished in the middle of the Heat 2 pack’s 10-car field, but took 16th in the main.

McClure’s father, Burney, was 10th in Heat 2. He did not race in the main.

Burney McClure’s seventh in points at 436.

Pacific Sprint Cars

Billy Wallace led an area contingent which finished with three drivers in the ‘A’ Main’s top 10 at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.

Wallace followed up a Heat 4 win with a sixth-place ‘A’ Main finish.

Auburn’s Andy Forsberg, who flipped his 410 Sprint Car in Chico the night before, took the main event’s checkered flag.

Richard Brace Jr. of the Lake of the Pines, the runner up in Heat 1, was right behind Wallace in seventh.

Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet took third in Heat 4 and 10th in the ‘A’ Main.

Jeremy Bert, also of Grass Valley, who took sixth in Heat 2, was seventh in the ‘C’ Main.

At the Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville, Grass Valley’s Jeff Halleib took second in Saturday’s 16-car ‘A’ Main.

Halleib’s fourth in the speedway’s Pacific Sprint points standings at 591.

Pro Stocks

Nevada City’s Dan Brown started his night at the Placerville Speedway strong Saturday.

He grabbed a third-place finish in his seven-car heat race, but fell to 11th in the ‘A’ Main.

Sacramento’s Shane Miller, the division’s current standings leader with 553 points, won the main.

Brown’s third overall with 506 points.

For more information about the Silver Dollar and Placerville speedways, contact John Padjen Motorsports at (916) 969-7484, or go online at johnpadjenmotorsports.com.

To contact the Twin Cities Speedway, call (916) 985-2089, or go online at TwinCitiesSpeedway.net.



Nevada City’s Alex Marcucci took the checkered flag in the Fast Fridays’ Division II Main at the Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds.

For more information on Fast Friday’s speedway racing, call (530) 878-7223, or go online at http://www.FastFridays.com


Do you have local motor sports to report? Contact sports reporter Keith Jiron via email at keithj@theunion.com, or by phone between 4 p.m. and midnight Sunday through Friday at 477-4244.


Points leaders

Silver Dollar Speedway

Points Race: 16 of 18

Division: Dirt Modifieds

Rank Driver Points

1. Ryan McDaniel (MV) 736

6. Mike Haemmig (NC) 657

Placerville Speedway

Points Race: 12 of 15

Division: Pacific Sprints

Rank Driver Points

1. David Robinson Jr. (FH) 545

13. Brad Sweet* (GV) 301

15. Billy Wallace* (GV) 273

18. Jeremy Bert(GV) 221

40. Richard Brace Jr. (LOP) 90

Division: Pro Stocks

Rank Driver Points

1. Shane Miller (SAC) 553

3. Dan Brown (NC) 506

Division: Pure Stocks

Rank Driver Points

1. Mark Treat (PL) 537

2. Dan Brown Jr. (NC) 507

6. Mike McClure (NC) 457

7. Burney McClure (NC) 436

31. Keith Robertson (GV) 65

source: johnpadjenmotorsports.com

Twin Cities Speedway


Points Race: 17 of 19

Division: Pacific Sprints

Rank Driver Points

1. Korey Lovell 624

2. Jeff Halleib (GV) 591

11. Colby Wiesz* (CX) 360

16. Pat Harvey (GV) 213

source: TwinCitiesSpeedway.net

* regulars on California Sprint Car Civil War Series

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