PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting back to 410ci racing on Saturday night at the Perris Auto Speedway, Richard Vander Weerd would overcome a wild night to finish in the 12th spot.
“We had a really good car all night long, but we ran out of fuel under a yellow late in the race, and ended up 12th,” Vander Weerd said.
Timing the Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Battery Worx No. 10 machine in 10th fastest, the Visalia, CA pilot would pocket a third place finish during his heat race.
Gridding the field from the 10th starting spot, Vander Weerd would show he had a very good car on the ½ mile speedway as he worked his way through traffic and would take part in the battle for the lead.
Getting up into the third spot, Vander Weerd would battle with Damion Gardner in the closing stages of the race, and would get by him as Gardner’s machine would stumble as it was low on fuel.
With cautions plaguing the race on this night, Vander Weerd would too succumb to fuel loss under yellow as he would come to a stop in the second spot with his car out of fuel.
Making a trip to the work area, Vander Weerd would fuel up for the last few laps, and would manage to record a 12th place finish.
“It wasn’t the idea way to end our night, but I was happy with how our car felt all night,” Vander Weerd said. “We will move on, and look forward to Santa Maria on Saturday night.”
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-20, Wins-2, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-15.
ON TAP: Richard will be back in action with the USAC West Coast 360’s on Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA.
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