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Turbulent Speedweek for Richard Vander Weerd


PETERSEN MEDIA- The 2nd Annual California Sprint Week gave Richard Vander Weerd a little of everything. After a very successful opening weekend at the Calistoga Speedway, a trio of rough nights followed before Vander Weerd returned to the podium during the finale in Hanford, CA.

“After Calistoga things just went south for us,” Vander Weerd said. “The guys worked hard, and fortunately we were able to end the week well in Hanford.”

Taking part in the 9th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic at the Calistoga Speedway, Vander Weerd would open things off by timing in third fastest during time trials.

Finishing fourth during the opener, Vander Weerd could come back strong on Saturday night as he would lead laps early in the feature event and stay in the mix all night long. Though things would get wild behind the leaders at the end of the race, Vander Weerd would come oh so close to capturing ‘The Louie’ though he would end up in the second spot.

The Petaluma Speedway on Monday night started Vander Weerd’s string of bad luck as he would get upside down in a big way during his heat race as he tried to make something happen late in the event.

Starting at the tail end of the field for the 30-lapper, RVW would stay out of trouble in the feature event and bring his Vander Weerd Construction machine home with a 15th place finish.

Heading to the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA on Thursday night, Vander Weerd’s woes continued, as he would expire a power plant during the feature event.

Friday night saw the series check in at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA for penultimate speedweek event. Having troubles in time trials with the new engine bolted in, Vander Weerd would take the green flag from the 21st starting position.

Able to make up some ground, he would take the checkered flag with a 13th place finish.

Hoping some home cooking would be the remedy he needed to shake off his bad luck, Vander Weerd would come out strong at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA. Timing sixth fastest in time trials, Vander Weerd would line up on the front row of the feature event.

Another wild night during the 30-lap feature evetn would make for a long race, but Vander Weerd was able to weather the storm and close his week out with a third place finish.

“It was nice to bookend the week with Top-Five finishes, but I was hoping to have a good showing all week and it just didn’t’ happen,” he added. “Thank to all my guys for the hard work. Now we will gear up for our next race at the Perris Auto Speedway.”

Richard 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-30, Wins-3, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-21.

ON TAP: Richard will be back in action at the Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, September 24th.

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