PLACERVILLE, CA (7-4-12) - A capacity crowd packed the
grandstands of Placerville Speedway Saturday night for the annual July Fourth
Spectacular and the Inaugural Tiner Family Classic featuring the sprint cars of
the Hoosier Tires Civil War Series in the highest paying Independence Day event
in the 47 year history of the local speedway. When the final checkered flag
waved, Colby Wiesz of Colfax took home a $4000 payday and the prestige of
winning before the large July Fourth crowd.
"It's always special to come here and race on the Fourth of July with this
big crowd," said Wiesz. "I really have to thank the Tiner family for putting
this race together and hopefully its something that will continue every year.
The track was tricky tonight but it was a good track to race on in the end. I
got lucky whenever we came up on lapped traffic we got a caution and a clean
restart because I know they were closing in on me."
A total of 44 cars formed the roster for Wednesday's race. Wiesz had the
benefit of starting on the pole position for the 30-lap feature event. Once the
green flag flew, the three time Marysville track champion led every lap of the
event, exercising both caution and aggression on the track surface that became
extremely dry and slick early in the day due to the early holiday start time.
"All of us at Handy Racing Promotions want to thank Steven Tiner and the entire
Tiner Family for putting on this special race on the Fourth of July," said Alan
Handy, promoter of Placerville Speedway after presenting the family with a
commemorative clock in victory lane. "It was great to see the whole Tiner family
here and the amount of sponsorship money and prizes was amazing. They put a lot
of hard work into this first event and it definitely paid off."
After pulling a lead of several car lengths on the field, Wiesz began feeling
the pressure of seventh place starter Kyle Hirst of Elk Grove in the latter laps
of the affair. As the leaer reached lapped traffic near the half way point, his
lead began to diminish just as a caution flag would fly to clear his route for
the restart. This pattern continued throughout the 30-lap affair, permitting
Wiesz to maintain his lead all the way to the checkered flag.
At the finish line, Wiesz was followed by Hirst. Stephen Allard of Cameron Park
finished in the third position after charging his way up from the 12th place
starting position. Jonathan Allard of Chico drove from 10th to fourth place
while Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove rounded out the top five.
Sean Becker of Roseville won the B feature on Wednesday night over Jonathan
Allard. Justin Sanders of Palmdale was third followed by Justin Johnson of
Shingle Springs. Earlier in the evening Johnson earned the fast time award and a
$500 bonus for his effort in the Tiner Classic.
The C Main was captured by Koen Shaw over Matt Sargent. Heat races on
Wednesday were claimed by Cody Lamar, Shane Golobic, Andy Gregg and Jimmy
The Civil War Sprint Car Series will now travel to Petaluma Speedway
this Saturday, July 7. Placerville Speedway will return to action on July 14th
with the big Mark Forni Classic. For further details watch