PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking on the USAC/CRA Series at the Ventura Raceway on Saturday night during the All Coast Challenge, Jace Vander Weerd put together a very strong night that ultimately saw him cross the stripe with a 12th place finish.
“It was a huge race, and we had a nice showing, and were able to move up and pass cars,” Jace Vander Weerd said. “We had some bad luck and had to go to the back, but overall happy with how it went.”
With 50 cars jammed into the pit area at the scenic Ventura Raceway, Vander Weerd timed his Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 88 machine in eighth fastest, putting him in the third row of his heat race.
Getting up in to the third spot on the first lap, Vander Weerd would see the yellow fly, and as he slowed, another competitor came into contact with his machine, and he would suffer a flat right-rear tire.
Though his crew was able to repair the damage, Vander Weerd would finish sixth in the heat and be forced into the B Main, where he would earn the final transfer position into the 40-lap feature event.
Lining up 10th in the Main, Vander Weerd would take a liking to the bottom of the speedway, as he was able to pick up a few positions early, as he ran eighth when the first yellow of the night flew.
With something not right on his machine, Vander Weerd would pull into the work area, and it was discovered he had a broken right-rear radius rod bolt. With not enough time to make repairs, Vander Weerd would restart at the tail end of the field, and work his way back forward.
Though his machine was damaged, Vander Weerd was able to carve his way through the field, and pick up a 12th place finish at the checkered flag.
Friday night, Vander Weerd was the Keller Auto Speedway for a night of winged racing with the King of Kings Series. 22 cars checked into the pit area, and Vander Weerd would time his Mid-Valley Pipe/Basic Industries/SWE No. 88v machine in third fastest, before finishing sixth in his heat race.
Lining up in the 18th spot of the feature event, Vander Weerd would get up into 15th, before his nose wing collapsed, and he opted to call it a night.
“It is tough to have some bad luck in both cars, but we were able to move forward in the non winged race, and I feel like I am getting more comfortable each week with the wing on,” he added.
Jace and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Battery Worx, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Raceway and K&N for their support in 2015.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-13, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-9.
ON TAP: Jace and his team will be in action with the USAC West Coast 360’s this Saturday night at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA.
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