PETERSEN MEDIA- One week removed from making his season debut in his winged entry, Jace Vander Weerd was back in action with the USAC West Coast 360’s on Saturday night where he would fight his way back to finish in the 10th spot at the Tunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA.
“We had pretty good car speed, but we had to go to the back early and fight our back forward,” Jace Vander Weerd said.
Timing his Mid Valley Pipe/Basic Industries/Vander Weerd Construction backed No. 88v machine in seventh quickest in time trials, Vander Weerd would proceed to pick up the win during his heat race.
Lining up in the fifth row of the feature event, Vander Weerd settled into the Top-10 as the race got underway. Feeling a bad vibration develop in the front of his car, Vander Weerd would opt to take his machine into the work area during an early red flag to get looked over.
With a wheel packed full of mud, the Vander Weerd Racing crew would get Jace taken care of and he would restart from the tail end of the field when the action resumed. On a slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface, Vander Weerd was able to carve his way through traffic as some strong moves propelled him back into the Top-10.
As the race came to a close, Vander Weerd was able to secure a ninth place finish at the finish line.
“I think we were pretty good considering we were able to come from the back and finish where we started,” Vander Weerd started. “If we don’t have to go to the work area I think we finish even better, but it was a good Top-10.”
Jace 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-7, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-5.
ON TAP: Jace will return to action on Friday night as he climbs back aboard his winged car at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA.
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