Richard Vander Weerd Fights For Fourth at Santa Maria Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA- Battling with the USAC West Coast 360 Series on Saturday night at the Santa Maria Speedway, Richard Vander Weerd worked hard en route to a fourth place finish.

“We started up front, but I struggled early in the feature event,” Vander Weerd said. “As the race went on, the car got better and I was able to work back up to the fourth spot.”

Timing his Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 10 machine in sixth fastest, the Visalia, CA product would race his way to a second place finish during his heat race.

Putting his Mid-Valley Pipe/Basic Industries/SWE backed machine on the front row of the A Main, Vander Weerd fought a tight racecar during the early goings of the race as he would fall all the way back to the sixth spot.

“We really were unsure of what the track was going to do, and we went a little too snug for the early laps of the race, but it did get better,” Vander Weerd added.

As the track freed up and Vander Weerd found the line that suited him, his car came alive and he was able to get going in the right direction. Working his way back forward from the sixth spot, Vander Weerd would get back into fourth and take the checkered flag with a his 17th Top-Five finish of the 2015 season.

“You hate to go backwards after starting on the front row, but I was pleased we were able to get going the right direction late in the race,” Vander Weerd added.

Richard 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 Racewear and K&N for their support in 2015.

2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-34, Wins-6, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-21.

ON TAP: Richard and the Vander Weerd Racing team will take this weekend off as they gear up for the upcoming California Sprint Week that kicks off September 5th and 6th at the Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, CA.

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