PETERSEN MEDIA- Competing aboard both his winged 360ci and non winged 410ci sprint cars over the weekend, Jace Vander Weerd would finish in the seventh spot on Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway before a cut tire late in the Saturday night feature at the Perris Auto Speedway brought his night to an early end.
“I was really pleased with our weekend overall,” Jace Vander Weerd said. “We performed well both nights, and I think both nights we had a Top-Five caliber car.”
Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway with the King of Kings Winged 360’s, Vander Weerd opened his night up by timing the Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx backed No. 88v machine in seventh fastest.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Vander Weerd would pick up the win and earn a spot in the nightly dash. Lining up in the third row of the Dash, the Visalia, CA driver would finish in the fifth spot, where he would start the 30-lap feature event.
On the slick 3/8 mile track, Vander Weerd settled into the fifth spot during the early portion of the race. Settling in, Vander Weerd would continue to run inside the Top-Five as the race hit the halfway point, but would soon see the fourth place car bobble ahead of him forcing him to check up.
As he checked up, the door would then open for a passing opportunity behind Vander Weerd and he would slide back to the sixth spot, before finding himself in the seventh spot, as he got back up to speed.
In the closing laps, Vander Weerd would close on the two cars that passed him, but would end up finishing in the seventh position.
Climbing aboard his non winged 410ci entry on Saturday night, Vander Weerd checked in with the USAC/CRA Series at the Perris Auto Speedway. Timing in eighth fastest, Vander Weerd would have issues late in his heat race but was still able to finish good enough to get his time back in the feature event.
Gridding the field from the seventh spot in the ‘A’ Main, Vander Weerd would slip back to eighth when the race got underway on a surface that was extremely fast a narrow. Running a smart opening few laps, Vander Weerd would work his way under a couple of cars and overtake the sixth spot.
While running in sixth, Vander Weerd would run over debris and it would result in a cut right-rear tire and his night would unfortunately come to an end.
“Friday night we ran really well in the winged car I thought, and on Saturday I was really happy with how we continue to progress at Perris Auto Speedway,” Vander Weerd added. “I am looking forward to the 360ci race this Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA.”
Jace 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-12, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-8.
ON TAP: Jace will be back with the USAC West Coast 360 Series on Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA.
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