RICHARD VANDER WEERD TAMES THE
by Lance Jennings
TULARE, CA –
APRIL 14, 2013... Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd continued his
recent string of success by claiming his tenth career USAC
West Coast Sprint Car victory. The 2011 Champion led all
30-laps at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway
for his second win of the campaign. Ryan Bernal, Jace Vander
Weerd, Markus Niemela, and Bud Kaeding followed Vander Weerd
to the checkered flags.
family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx
Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd shook free from twin brother Jace,
Niemela, and mid race pressure from Danny Faria Jr. Unfazed
after several red and caution flags, Richard ran strong all
night and earned the Tulare victory. Earlier in the program,
Vander Weerd scored his ninth career Weld Racing Fast Time
Award, ran third in his heat race, and placed second in the
dash. To date, Richard has one heat race victory, one
semi-main win, eight top-10 finishes, two hard charger awards,
and 59 feature laps led. Richard has climbed to third in
points as the series returns to Tulare on Saturday.
of Hollister earned the BR Motorsports / Racing Optics "Hard
Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run
after starting fifteenth. Racing Keith Ford's #73 King Racing
Products / A&A Precision Machine Spike, Bernal flipped in time
trials and dominated the Saldana Racing Products / Keizer
Wheels Heat Race #3. Starting near the back, the former Rookie
of the Year valiantly charged to the front and claimed second
in a hard fought main event. Heading to next weekend’s action,
Ryan holds a 21 point lead with two feature wins, three heat
race victories, one dash win, seven top-10 finishes, and 39
feature laps led.
winning his first 6-lap Woodland Auto Display Dash, Visalia's
Jace Vander Weerd came home third in the Tulare feature.
Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction /
Battery Worx Maxim, Jace was third fast in time trials and
fourth in his heat race. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the
Year battled hard to stay up front and fell back to sixth
before making a late surge forward. Vander Weerd is currently
fourth in the standings with one heat race victory and four
top-10 finishes to his credit.
Niemela of Rauma, Finland scored fourth after running second
for the majority of the feature. Piloting Steve Watt’s Steve
Watt's #81 Christian Stover Foundation / Steve Watt
Enterprises Maxim, Niemela qualified second, ran fifth in his
heat race, and claimed third in the dash. The hard charging
driver challenged Vander Weerd for the lead after several
restarts before fading back in the closing laps. As this
writing goes to press, Markus has moved to sixth in the
championship points with one heat race victory, two top-10
finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year.
Bud Kaeding battled back from ninth to claim fifth at the
checkered flags. Racing Junior Bowman's #29 Buster & Ziggy
Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Bullet, Kaeding was fifth
quick, second in his heat race, and fifth in the dash. The
defending champion was battling for third in the main event
before falling back in the closing laps. Currently, Bud is
second in the point chase with two heat race victories, one
dash win, and six top-10 finishes on the season.
“Hollywood” Danny Faria of Tipton
won the program's 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.
Driving his #17V DeBoer & Sons Trucking / Johnston Calf Pens
Spike, Faria qualified seventh and ran fourth in the dash.
“Hollywood” made a three-wide battle for the lead with Niemela
and Vander Weerd before a flat left rear tire on lap 16
knocked him out of contention. With fresh rubber, Danny
charged from the back to take sixth at the checkered flags.
Heading to Saturday, Faria is fifth in the point standings
with four top-10 finishes and 1 feature lap led.
“The Wild Child” Chris Ennis claimed his first heat race
victory of the year in the program’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2.
Piloting his #86 Spy Optics / Bell Helmets 777 entry, Ennis
qualified fourteenth overall and scored sixteenth in the
feature after a flip ended his night. Uninjured, the future
college graduate has climbed to tenth in points heading to
West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this
Saturday, April 20th, at Tulare's Merle Stone Chevrolet
Thunderbowl Raceway. The popular IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock
Cars will join the night’s showcase. Advance tickets are on
sale and for more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com
or call 559.688.0909.
West Coast Sprint Car Series would like to thank Southwest
Contractors, Hoosier Tire, Amsoil, BR Motorsports, Chris
Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety,
Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix,
Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products,
Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel
Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland
Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would
like to become part of the series in 2013, email PR Director
Lance Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
information on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit
www.westcoastsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS:
13, 2013 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander
Weerd-15.484; 2. Markus Niemela, 81, Watt-15.526; 3. Jace
Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.626; 4. Austin Liggett, 83,
Liggett-15.814; 5. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.885; 6. Dennis
Howell, 62, Howell-16.057; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V,
Faria-16.069; 8. Andy Ferris, 4J, Ferris-16.179; 9. Ricky
Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter- 16.200; 10. Kevin Barnes, 36B,
Barnes-16.451; 11. Tom Hendricks, 14K, Kruseman-16.456; 12.
Marty Hawkins, 3M, Hawkins-16.490; 13. Rusty Carlile, 51,
Carlile-16.637; 14. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.752; 15. Jeff
Sibley, 18, Watt-17.008; 16. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-17.019;
17. Matt Day, 97, Day-17.282; 18. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-NT.
MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps)
Faria Jr., 2. Rusty Carlile, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4.
Austin Liggett, 5. Kevin Barnes, 6. Trent Carter. NT
HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps)
1. Chris Ennis, 2. Bud Kaeding, 3.
Andy Ferris, 4. Tom Hendricks, 5. Markus Niemela, 6. Matt Day.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER
WHEELS HEAT RACE 3: (10 laps)
1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Marty Hawkins, 3.
Ricky Kirkbride, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Jeff Sibley, 6.
Dennis Howell. NT.
AUTO DISPLAY DASH: (6 laps)
1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Richard
Vander Weerd, 3. Markus Niemela, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Bud
Kaeding, 6. Austin Liggett, 7. Ricky Kirkbride, 8. Andy
laps - With Starting Positions)
Vander Weerd (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal (15th), 3. Jace Vander
Weerd (1st), 4. Markus Niemela (3rd), 5. Bud Kaeding (5th), 6.
Danny Faria Jr. (4th), 7. Dennis Howell (16th), 8. Rusty
Carlile (12th), 9. Trent Carter (17th), 10. Andy Ferris (8th),
11. Tom Hendricks (10th), 12. Jeff Sibley (14th), 13. Kevin
Barnes (9th), 14. Matt Day (18th), 15. Marty Hawkins (11th),
16. Chris Ennis (13th), 17. Ricky Kirkbride (7th), 18. Austin
Liggett (6th). NT
**Ryan Bernal flipped during
**Austin Liggett and Chris Ennis
flipped during the feature.
LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Richard Vander Weerd.
BR MOTORSPORTS / RACING OPTICS HARD
CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (15th to 2nd)
COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
Bernal-263, 2-Bud Kaeding-242, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-238,
4-Jace Vander Weerd-232, 5-Danny Faria Jr.-216, 6-Markus
Niemela-177, 7-Rusty Carlile-164, 8-Ricky Kirkbride-152,
9-Austin Liggett-139, 10-Chris Ennis-130.
WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 20: Thunderbowl Raceway -
April 27: Bakersfield Speedway -
May 11: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 8: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA
June 22: Santa Maria Speedway -
Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
July 6: Santa Maria Speedway - Santa
Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 20: Kings Speedway - Hanford,
August 3: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA (Jim Evett Memorial)
September 7: Bakersfield Speedway -
September 20: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Jim Turner Memorial)
September 21: Thunderbowl Raceway -
Tulare, CA (John Anthony Sharp Memorial)
September 28: *Canyon Speedway Park
- Peoria, AZ (Brawl For It All / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series
October 12: Kings Speedway -
Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic)
October 31: *Perris Auto Speedway -
Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $2,500-to-Win / Grudge Series /
November 14: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / Non-Points)
November 16: *Canyon Speedway Park -
Peoria, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win /
* = Co-Sanctioned Event With USAC
This schedule is subject to change.