Motor Sports Report: Three wins from area drivers this week |

Motor Sports Report: Three wins from area drivers this week

Thanks to his first-place finish Sunday, 16-year old Nevada City driver Alexander Rossi now sits in second place in the Formula BMW Americas series.

Rossi led a 1-2-3 Eurointernational sweep of the Round 4 Formula BMW Americas podium at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

In a 14-lap race that saw plenty of action and only nine of 16 cars finish, Rossi finished 5.110 seconds in front of Rookie Giancarlo Vilarinho, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Rookie David Ostella, of Ontario, finished third. The win was Rossi’s first of the season and fourth Formula BMW victory of his career.

“I didn’t lose any positions on the start like yesterday and was able to keep the pressure on,” Rossi said. “I had a great restart from the yellow. Twice I had contact, but my car seemed invincible. The entire team did a great job this weekend and to stand on the top of this podium feels incredible.”

Rounds five and six of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship will be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 20Ð22.

Sacramento Raceway Park

Matson back on top again

Grass Valley’s Dave Matson won the final round of competition at the Nitro Night of Fire at Sacramento Raceway Park Saturday.

Matson qualified sixth with a 7.486. He raced Irv Wise in the first round, who red lit. Second round matchup also went to Matson with a win over Tyler Polly.

Jeff Gillette, losing the semi-final because of transmission problems, gave Dave a good race in the 3rd round off of the foot brake.

Matson won the final round against John Campoy (7.49 to a 7.92).

Jerry Tittle, also of Matson Racing, qualified No. 12 and defeated Ken Tyrell, who red lit in the first round. Keith White defeated Jerry Tittle in the second round.

Placerville Speedway

Checkered flag for Brown

After two weeks away from the action, Nevada City’s Dan Brown Jr. went back to racing Saturday night in the pro stock division at Placerville Speedway.

Brown got off to a great start from the pole position, leaving a pile up behind him right in front of the flagman waving the green flag. The crash involved all but two cars.

Jeff Arbogast of Auburn, who trails Brown by 30 points in the season driver standings, suffered the most damage having to be pushed off the track.

Brown Jr. went on to win his fifth race in a row and seventh out of the eight-point races. Ray Trimble of Colfax finished sixth in the eight-car race.

Brown will be back behind the wheel at Placerville June 28.

Also at Placerville Saturday, Colfax’s Colby Wiesz ran to second place in the 360 Sprints, behind Andy Forsberg of Auburn. Wiesz, who finished fifth in his heat race, still holds the overall points lead by 39 points. In seven starts, he has two A feature wins, but also has finished in the top five in all seven races.

Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace finished sixth in the A main, after taking second place in his heat race.

Petaluma Speedway

Harvey Jr. finishes 10th in 410s

Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey Jr. took 10th place Saturday night in the Golden State Challenge King of California Series at Petaluma Speedway.

Harvey Jr. finished sixth in his heat race, before running the A feature, which was won by Jason Statler of Los Gatos.

Silver Dollar Speedway

Hall runs to sixth in Chico

Grass Valley’s Mark Hall was the top local finisher in Friday night’s 410 Sprints competition at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, running to a sixth place finish in the main event.

Hall also took second place in his heat race.

Wiesz ran to 12th place in the A main, following a second place in his heat.

In the Wingless Sprints, Browns Valley brothers Mason and Cody Myers brought home 11th and 16th place finishes Friday. Mason took third place in his heat race, while Cody Myers was fourth in his heat.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a driver with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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