Richard Vander Weerd 5th at Keller Auto Speedway

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PETERSEN MEDIA- Richard Vander Weerd had another strong run with the USAC West Coast 360’s on Saturday night in Hanford, CA. Running in a lead pack all race long, Vander Weerd would take the checkered flag with a fifth place finish.

 

“We were right in the mix most of the night,” Vander Weerd said. “We got racing pretty hard in traffic, and we came out of the deal with a fifth place finish.”

 

Timing his Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Mid-Valley Pipe backed No. 10 machine in ninth fastest in qualifying time trials.

 

On the slick Keller Auto Speedway, Vander Weerd would record a second place finish during his heat race and put himself in the third row for the 30-lap feature event.

 

With the track continuing to slick off, Vander Weerd would get the bottom working early as he chased after Austin Liggett, Danny Faria, and others.

 

Tight knit racing would see the lead group battle bumper to bumper and wheel to wheel as traffic would get dense at times. Holding down the fourth spot for much of the race in the Basic Industries/Factory Kahne Shocks/SWE machine, Vander Weerd would get held up in traffic late in the race.

 

Choosing wrong while dealing with the slower car, Vander Weerd would lose a spot and settle for a fifth place finish at the checkered flag.

 

“Traffic got a little dicey, and it ended up costing us a spot,” Vander Weerd added. “It was a good run in front of a good crowd so we will take it and move on to Perris this weekend.”

 

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 2017.

 

2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-15, Wins-1, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-12.

 

ON TAP: Richard Vander Weerd will be in action with the USAC/CRA Series on Saturday night in Perris, CA.

 

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