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PETERSEN MEDIA- With a frustrating night of winged racing in his rear view mirror, Richard Vander Weerd thrilled the Ventura Raceway on Saturday night as he made a last lap, last corner pass to win the USAC/CRA All Coast Challenge.
“Saturday night definitely made up for a disappointing night on Friday, and I have to thank this team for all of their hard work,” Richard Vander Weerd said.
Saturday night, 50 cars checked into the Ventura Raceway for the lucrative pay day, and Vander Weerd flexed his muscle early as he earned quick time honors aboard the Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 10 machine.
Lining up sixth in his heat race, Vander Weerd worked into the fourth and final transfer spot, moving him into the feature event where he would line up in the third row for the 40-lap feature event.
The long race saw Vander Weerd run a very patient race, as he searched around the Ventura Raceway looking for a way forward. With many of the other drivers running the low side of the speedway, Vander Weerd opted to put four wheels over the cushion, and make something happen.
Carrying a ton of speed, Vander Weerd was able to move into the second spot, as he began to chase after race leader, Matt Mitchell. With a lapped car getting out of shape in front of him, Vander Weerd narrowly avoided disaster, and made an evasive move to avoid the car, and continued on.
The restart saw Mitchell get away, but Vander Weerd continued to run the top flawlessly as he reached Mitchell’s back bumper. With the leader moving up, Vander Weerd would then go to work on the bottom.
“Once he went to the top, I thought the race was over,” Vander Weerd admitted.
The closing laps saw Vander Weerd find speed by diamonding off of turn four, and with the checkered flag in the air, Vander Weerd would find a little moisture and narrowly surge in front of Mitchell to grab the win in what was a photo finish.
In action with the King of Kings 360 series on Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway for some winged action, Vander Weerd’s night got off to a very nice start as he timed his winged car in second fastest.
With engine issues plaguing him in his heat race, Vander Weerd had hoped they had the problem solved for the feature event, but he would pull of the speedway prior to the race going green, and his night was over.
“It was disappointing to not be able to show what we had on Friday night, but to end our weekend with a win like that was awesome,” Vander Weerd added. “It has been a great start to the year with USAC, now hopefully we can get the winged stuff figured out.”
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 Raceway and K&N for their support in 2015.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-14, Wins-4, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-9.
ON TAP: Richard 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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