PETERSEN MEDIA- Climbing back aboard the Vander Weerd Racing 410ci entry on Saturday night to take on the USAC/CRA Series in Lake Perris, CA, Richard Vander Weerd would battle RJ Johnson for the top spot as he would come up just short and finish second.
“We started second in the feature and ran there all race long,” Vander Weerd said. “It was nice to get back in the 410 and run at Perris Auto Speedway.”
Timing the Vander Weerd Construction/Stonegate Development/Mid-Valley Pipe backed No. 10 machine in eight fastest in time trials, the Visalia, CA wheelman would pick up a third place finish during his heat race.
When heat races were completed and line-ups were formed, Vander Weerd would find himself on the front row for the 30-lap feature event.
When the race came to life, Vander Weerd would settle into the second spot as he began his race long battle with the early leader, RJ Johnson. Holding down the second spot, Vander Weerd would take a couple shots at the race lead, but just couldn’t get close enough to Johnson to mount a serious challenge.
Running in Johnson’s wake from start to finish, Vander Weerd would take the checkered flag with his eighth Top-Five and 13th Top-10 finish of the season.
“It was a solid night for us after a rough couple of weeks,” Vander Weerd added. “We will take a couple of weeks off for some family events and hopefully come back just as strong.”
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 take a couple of weekend off before he returns to action on July 21st in Hanford, CA for what will be his first winged race of the season.
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