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Richard Vander Weerd Opens Season with Fourth Place Finish at Thunderbowl Raceway


PETERSEN MEDIA- Kicking 2018 off on Friday night in Tulare, CA, Richard Vander Weerd had a very good night that culminated with him coming home with a fourth place finish.

“We brought out a new engine, and it ran really well,” Vander Weerd said. “We had a great night, and it felt good to be back racing.”

Vander Weerd opened his season on a high note as he timed the Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Mid-Valley Pipe backed No. 10 entry in quickest in qualifying time trials.

Lining up fourth in his heat race based on his qualifying performance, the Visalia, CA driver would turn in an extremely strong performance that saw him work his was way forward and pick up the win.

Moving into the feature event, Vander Weerd would roll off the grid from the sixth starting position, and as the race came to life he found himself battling the likes of Ryan Bernal, Austin Liggett, and Danny Faria.

With the Top-Four running at a torrid pace, it was tough to make up ground and make a move. With the Thunderbowl unpredictable at times, Vander Weerd continued to hound the front-runners as they continued to gap the field.

Despite a couple of late restarts, Vander Weerd would be unable to land on the podium, though he would still close his night out with a fourth place finish.

“We were all running the same pace, and it made it hard to make a move on one and other,” Vander Weerd added. “It was great to shake everything down and have that much speed early in the year.”

Richard and his Vander Weerd Racing team would like to thank Vander Weerd Construction, Stonegate Development, Mid-Valley Pipe, Basic Industries, Factory Kahne Shocks, Steve Watt Enterprises, FK Rod Ends, PXP Racewear and K&N for their support in 2018.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-1, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-1.

ON TAP: Richard Vander Weerd will be back in action on April 7th at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA.

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