Third a charm for Sweet |

Third a charm for Sweet

Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet led the way for the six-car western Nevada County contingent at the final California Sprint Car Civil War Series at the Placerville Speedway Saturday.

Sweet, who took fourth in his 12-car heat race, grabbed third out of 22 cars in the ‘A’ Main to grab his third top-5, and seventh top-10 main event finish in 13 starts this season.

The 2004 Bear River grad notched an ‘A’ Main, two ‘B’ Main victories and a pair of heat wins this season to take third overall in drivers’ standings with 838 points.

Foresthill’s David Robinson Jr. grabbed the series’ championship with 872 points. Chuck Gurney Jr. of Livermore was close behind in second at 863 points.

Sweet was one of five local drivers to finish in the top 10.

Colfax’s Colby Wiesz, who followed up a fourth-place finish in the ‘B’ Main with a 21st in the ‘A’ Main, took fifth in overall points at 774.

In 13 starts, Wiesz won an ‘A’ Main, had five top-5s, seven top-10s, a ‘B’ Main win along with two heat race victories.

Billy Wallace of Grass Valley took fifth in his heat, then 17th in the ‘B’ Main.

Wallace was sixth in the points race with 711 points. In 13 starts he had three top-5 and six top-10 finishes.

Despite missing the past three Civil War fixtures, Mark Hall, also of Grass Valley, managed a seventh-place points finish at 666.

Hall won an ‘A’ Main, grabbed three top-5s, seven top-10s to go along with a pair of heat race wins.

Grass Valley’s Jeff Halleib took 11th in the ‘A’ Main after a seventh-place finish in the ‘B’ Main and sixth-place heat race finish.

In 11 starts, Halleib had three top-10 ‘A’ Main finishes and a pair of heat race wins to grab 10th overall with 652 points.

Pat Harvey Jr., also of Grass Valley, was seventh in his heat and 11th in the ‘B’ Main.

He took 33rd overall in points with 328.

Jeremy Burt, another Grass Valley-based driver, was 11th in his heat and 13th in the ‘C’ Main.

He finished at 52nd overall with 138 points.

Robert Stice, of Grass Valley, and Richard Brace Jr., of Lake of the Pines, did not race Saturday, but took 34th (324) and 87th (54) in the points race respectively.


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