McClure family races and finishes together |

McClure family races and finishes together

As far as Nevada City’s Burney and Michelle McClure are concerned, the family that races together does stay together – all the way to the checker flag.

That was the case Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, where Burney sped to fourth-place in the Pure Stock A feature race, followed closely across the finish line by his daughter, 17-year-old Michelle, who finished a career-best fifth.

It certainly was an interesting night for Burney, who won his heat race and then had to overcome some adversity in the feature race.

“Starting in the third row, I got a flat tire on the first lap and had to restart in the rear of the field,” he said. “After working my way up to sixth place, a yellow flag came out, and to my surprise, Michelle was two cars in front of me and holding her own.”

After racing began again, they got into lapped traffic and that’s when things really got exciting, he went on to add.

“At that point, I was directly behind Michelle. It was the white flag lap. Michelle chose to stay behind the lapped car. My choices were to stay behind Michelle and let cars pass both of us, go on the inside and block – not a good idea – or go on the inside and try to pass. I chose the last one.”

Michelle, who had started 11th in the field, followed and the two crossed the finish line in the fourth and fifth positions. Michelle placed fourth in her heat race earlier.

Tom Tilford of Orangevale won the feature race, but Burney McClure sees his daughter taking a checker flag at some point. He even has a family deal on the line.

“I am very confident that Michelle will get her first win this year,” Burney said. “That’s when I have to shave off my mustache, and her mother has to get in the driver’s seat of my car (to race). A deal’s a deal.”

• In other racing last Saturday in Placerville, Nevada City Pro Stocks driver Dan Brown Jr. took third in his heat and third in a feature race that saw plenty of lot of door-to-door, nose-to-bumper racing. Sacramento’s Marek Bernert won the race, followed by Jeff Arbogast of Auburn. Brown, a rookie in the Pro Stocks division, moved up into fifth-place in the driver points standings, just four points out of second-place and 10 points behind Bernert in first-place.

• Grass Valley’s Jay Youngman finished eighth in a Wingless Sprints A feature won by Darrell Hanestad of Clayton. Youngman now stands fourth in the points, 34 points behind Oakley’s Bob Newberry in the top spot.

Twin Cities Speedway

On Sherm Toller Night, Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt finished seventh and Pat Harvey ninth in the Pacific 360 Sprint Cars feature race at Twin Cities Speedway last Saturday in Marysville. Harvey also won his heat race.

Brandon Dozier of Marysville won the Sprint Car main event. Lower Lake’s Brent Dothage, the division’s 2005 champion, and 2004 champ Mike Monahan of Sparks, Nev., finished second and third respectively. Dozier was Rookie of the Year in 2005.

“That was a great race,” said Toller. “Brandon beat all the big dogs.

“We had a good car count and a good crowd. had a good time out there,” Toller added of the evening.

Dothage now holds a 180-165 lead over Dozier in the points standings. Burt is tied for seventh with 122 points.

Tonight will be fan appreciation night at Twin Cities Speedway and next Saturday night will be the Mel Hall Memorial.


To contact sports editor Dave Price, e-mail davidp@theunion .com or call 477-4240.


Placerville Speedway

June 3, 2006

Golden State Challenge

King of California Series: 410 Sprints-Dwarf Cars,

Pits Open: 3:30 p.m., Gates Open: 5 p.m., Qualifying: 6:30 p.m.

Twin Cities Speedway

Tonight: Winged Pacific Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Stock Cars, Ministocks, Dwarf Cars

Pits: 3 p.m., Gates: 5 p.m., Qualifying: 6:15 p.m., Racing: 7 p.m.

Tickets: Adults, seniors, children $5 (5-and-under are free)


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