It’s all or nothing for local driver |

It’s all or nothing for local driver

Feast or famine.

Nevada City Pure Stocks driver Burney McClure has had a double helping of both in his last six Saturdays at the Placerville Speedway.

McClure has been arguably the division’s hottest driver with four top-three ‘A’ Main finishes – including a pair of wins – over that span, but has been forced to sit out a pair of main events with engine problems.

“I’m going on my fourth motor this year. I’ve been pushing the motor past what they’re supposed to do, abusing them, and they’re screaming,” said McClure, who rolled to his fifth heat win of the season Saturday. “Last week I ran a 327, the smallest engine I ever have.”

“Most of the other guys run 406s, so it (has to be all) about the driving and the setup,” he added. “The motor’s not overpowering them, that’s for sure.”

McClure stormed to second place from his start in the middle of the 20-car pack a lap and half into the race.

“I probably wouldn’t have gotten second if the three cars in front of me hadn’t gotten locked up and made an opening,” he said.

McClure’s bid for a third main event win was stopped short as the race length was cut in half due to time constraints.

He took second.

“If there were more laps, I might have been able to give a challenge, ” McClure said. “But for how my season has been going, just to be in the points you’ve got to be happy.”

Orangevale’s Tom Tilford took the ‘A’ Main’s checkered flag.

McClure’s son, Mike, who is fifth in points standings at 503, followed up his third heat win of the year with a fifth-place finish in the ‘A’ Main.

Mike McClure, a 2004 graduate of Nevada Union, has five top-5 and nine top-10 ‘A’ Main finished in 12 starts this season.

Current points standings runner up Dan Brown Jr., also of Nevada City, missed an automatic berth into the ‘A’ Main by two spots with a sixth-place finish in the eight-car, Heat 2 field.

Brown Jr. (542), who trails points leader Mark Treat of Placerville by 27 points with two points races left, notched his second ‘B’ Main win of the year to earn a ticket to main event.

He took 11th.

Keith Robertson also took the long way to the ‘A’Main.

The Nevada City-based driver finished one place above last in Heat 3’s eight-car field, but rebounded with a fourth-place showing in the ‘B’ Main to nab a ticket to the main event.

Robertson, who is 28th in drivers standings with 97 points over three starts, took 14th in the ‘A’ Main.


Colfax’s Colby Wiesz had a pair of checkered flags to show for his work over the weekend.

Wiesz, who took the 410 Sprints ‘B’ Main win at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico Friday, came away with the Pacific Sprints ‘A’ Main win at the Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville the following day.

Wiesz, a regular on the traveling California Sprint Car Civil War Series, took fifth in the ‘A’ Main in Chico Friday.

In Placerville Saturday, Pacific Sprint driver Brad Sweet grabbed fourth place to post his fourth top-5 ‘A’Main finish of the year.

The Grass Valley-based Civil War regular, who graduated from Bear River last June, took third in his 10-car heat race.

Billy Wallace, also of Grass Valley, edged Sweet in the heat race by one spot, but finished 10th in the ‘A’ Main.

Wallace is also a Civil War regular.

Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey began the night on a down note with an eighth-place Heat 1 finish, but came back to take fifth in the ‘B” Main, missing a ticket to the main event by one place.

Jeremy Bert, also of Grass Valley, was 10th in Heat 3.

Joey Margula of Vacaville won the ‘A’ Main.


Grass Valley’s Weger brothers, Daniel and Pat each posted top-10 finishes in two ‘A’ Mains this weekend.

Daniel Weger opened his weekend Friday at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico with a fifth-place Heat 1 finish, followed by a ninth-place ‘A’ Main finish.

Pat Weger was sixth in Heat 2, and eighth in the ‘A’ Main.

Saturday at the Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville, Daniel Weger posted his second top-5 ‘A’ Main finish of the season in fifth.

Pat Weger, who took third in his heat, was ninth in the ‘A’ Main.

Daniel Weger is seventh in points in the Nor-Cal Dwarf Car Association at 1,355, and is 10th in the Western States Dwarf Car Association at 748 points.

Pat Weger is ninth in the NCDCA at 1,227 points, and 12th in the WSDCA at 746.


Nevada City’s Mike Haemmig led early, but came up short in his attempt to nab his first Dirt Modifieds win at the Silver Dollar Speedway Friday.

Haemmig, who took third in his heat race, held the lead in the ‘A’ Main for 10 of the first 20 total laps, but gave up the lead to eventual winner, Durham’s Mike Sohnery.

Haemmig finished in sixth for his 14th top-10 finish in 18 starts this season.

The odds-on favorite to win the track’s Dirt Modifieds’ Rookie of the Year award, is sixth in overall points at 690.

Marysville’s Ryan McDaniel is first in the standings with 784 points.


Nevada City’s Dan Brown maintained his grip on third place in the Placerville Speedway’s Pro Stocks points standings with an eighth-place finish in Saturday’s ‘A’Main.

Brown, who is tied with Dennis Armstrong of El Dorado Hills, for third with 544 points, was sixth in his heat race.

Sacramento’s Shane Miller is atop the leaderboard with 585 points.


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

Points leaders

Silver Dollar Speedway

Points Race: 17 of 18

Division: Dirt Modifieds

Rank Driver Points

1. Ryan McDaniel (MV) 784

6. Mike Haemmig (NC) 6906

Placerville Speedway

Points Race: 13 of 15

Division: Pacific Sprints

Rank Driver Points

1. David Robinson Jr. (FH) 578

13. Brad Sweet* (GV) 346

15. Billy Wallace* (GV) 313

20. Jeremy Bert(GV) 226

41. Richard Brace Jr. (LOP) 90

Division: Pro Stocks

Rank Driver Points

1. Shane Miller (SAC) 585

3. Dan Brown (NC) 544

Division: Pure Stocks

Rank Driver Points

1. Mark Treat (PL) 569

2. Dan Brown Jr. (NC) 542

6. Mike McClure (NC) 503

7. Burney McClure (NC) 485

31. Keith Robertson (GV) 97


Twin Cities Speedway


Points Race: 18 of 19

Division: Pacific Sprints

Rank Driver Points

1. Korey Lovell (YC) 669

2. Jeff Halleib (GV) 591

11. Colby Wiesz* (CX) 421

16. Pat Harvey (GV) 213


* regulars on California Sprint Car Civil War Series

For more information:

Placerville Speedway

(530) 626-3680

Silver Dollar Speedway

(530) 891-6535

Twin Cities Speedway

(916) 985-2089

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