PETERSEN MEDIA- Battling with the USAC West Coast 360’s on an extremely hooked up and tacky Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday night, Jace Vander Weerd turned in a nice showing at the 1/3 mile facility as he picked up a sixth place finish.
“We had a good night overall,” Jace Vander Weerd said. “The car was good, we just needed to have a wider track, but the weather leading up to the race kind of dictated that.”
Timing his Vander Weerd Construction/Mid Valley Pipe/Basic Industries No. 88 machine in seventh fastest during qualifying time trials, Jace Vander Weerd would go on to finish second in his heat race.
With the track continuing to hold moisture and stay extremely fast, Vander Weerd and company watched intently to make the right adjustments to the Stonegate Development/Battery Worx/FK backed No. 88 machine that would grid the field from the fourth starting position.
As the green flag dropped, Vander Weerd settled into the fourth spot as he chased after his brother, Richard, who ran in third just ahead of him. With passing at a premium on this night, Vander Weerd would hold pace with the leaders as they would eventually get into traffic.
Late in the race, Vander Weerd would lose a couple of positions trying to get through traffic and he would end up finishing in the sixth spot.
“Lap traffic was tough, and I just was not as aggressive as I should have been in traffic,” Vander Weerd added. “It was a good finish, and I am looking forward to Bakersfield this weekend, and hope we can continue to run well there.”
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-3, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-1.
ON TAP: Jace will be back in action with the USAC West Coast 360’s at the Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday night.
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