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Bad Luck Derails Richard Vander Weerd In Santa Maria


PETERSEN MEDIA- Fresh off of a win at the Perris Auto Speedway, Richard Vander Weerd would learn how the other side lived on Saturday night as a part failure during Saturday night’s B main event would bring the Visalia, CA driver’s night to an early end.

“It was just kind of a bad night in general,” Richard Vander Weerd said. “It was a tough track and I just wasn’t very good.”

Getting his night off to an uncharacteristic start, Vander Weerd would time his Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx backed No. 10 machine in 16th fastest in qualifying time trials before running sixth in his heat race.

“The track was rough, and had whoops in the corners, and I really couldn’t keep my car from getting out of shape in the rough,” Vander Weerd added.

Forced into the night’s B main, Vander Weerd and company would do what they could to the Mid Valley Pipe/Basic Industries/Factory Kahne backed machine, and Vander Weerd noted the changes worked wonders on his car.

Getting into the lead, Vander Weerd’s rough night would continue as a steering failure would send his car hard into the wall and extensive damage would see his frustrating night come to an end.

“It sucks to tear up a car, and other parts but I am just glad that didn’t happen to us last week leading the feature in Perris, CA,” Vander Weerd added. “We will do what we need to do and get our car ready for our next race.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Factory Kahne Shocks, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Racewear and K&N for their support in 2016.

2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-14, Wins-2, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-10.

ON TAP: Richard will now head to the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA on Saturday night with the USAC West Coast 360 Series.

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