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Some things are more important

With the final checkered flag of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series in sight, Mark Hall had a first-ever series championship within his grasp.

The Grass Valley-based 360 Sprint driver, who has been perched near the top of the drivers’ standings for most of the six-month long series, suddenly had a major shift of priorities.

The 1982 Nevada Union grad and his wife Carrie welcomed a second addition to their growing family two weeks ago with the birth of son Carson.

“With a baby daughter less than two years old at home (and now Carson), there’s not much time to go racing,” said Hall, who skipped Saturday’s series race in Hanford. “We may still find some time to race (later on), but to be honest, racing was just a hobby for us anyway.”

In his 10 Civil War series starts this season, Hall has posted seven top-10 ‘A’ Main event finishes, including three top-5s as well as a main event win.

With two races in the traveling, 13-event series left, Hall is tied with Roseville’s Chad Riolo for fourth overall with 666 points.

In other action at Hanford’s Kings Speedway Saturday, Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace followed a third-place finish in his 11-car heat with his second top-5 ‘A’Main of the season in fourth.

Wallace is currently seventh in Civil War points standings at 603.

Salinas’ Ronnie Day won the 22-car ‘A’ Main.

Brad Sweet, also of Grass Valley, took the checkered flag in his 10-car heat – his second heat win of the year – but couldn’t find the magic in the main event with a 15th-place finish.

Sweet moved up to third in the points race with 701.

Colfax’s Colby Wiesz grabbed fifth in his heat, then took 14th in the ‘B’ Main.

Wiesz is sixth in points at 651.

Grass Valley’s Jeff Halleib, who did not race, is 11th in the points standings at 651.


If you have motor sports news to report, contact sports reporter Keith Jiron via e-mail at, or by phone at 477-4240.

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