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January 18th, 2013
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Wiesz takes home $4000 with July Fourth win in Inaugural Tiner Classic
By Bill Sullivan/ Civil War Sprint Car Series
Photo by Donna Peter
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 Trulli.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 www.placervillespeedway.com.