Richard Vander Weerd Victorious in USAC West Coast Portion of Peter Murphy Classic

TULARE, Cal. (May 19, 2018) – Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, Calif. won Saturday night’s “Peter Murphy Classic” closer at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. He passed Danny Faria Jr. on lap 10 of the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint feature and led the rest of the way to beat Ryan Bernal, Tristan Guardino, series point leader Austin Liggett and Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 19, 2018 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “5th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 4. Britton Bock (#67 Bock), 5. Shannon McQueen (#7 Van Meter), 6. Brent Owens (#71 Martin), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3T Montgomery). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colby Copeland (#24 Copeland), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 4. Brody Roa (#56 Phulps), 5. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 6. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford), 7. Brandon Wiley (#33B Team 33). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 3. Max Adams (#42X Bates), 4. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 5. Austin Ervine (#51 AJ), 6. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford). NT

BUTLERBUILT PROFESSIONAL SEAT SYSTEMS POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Copeland, 2. Faria, 3. Rutherford, 4. Liggett, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Guardino. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Tristan Guardino, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Max Adams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Ryan Timmons, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Koen Shaw, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Colby Copeland, 16. Britton Bock, 17. Ryan Stolz, 18. Kaleb Montgomery, 19. Austin Ervine. NT.

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**Owens flipped on lap 3 of the first heat. Ervine flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Copeland flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Faria, Laps 10-30 R.Vander Weerd

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (17th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Ligget-417, 2-R.Vander Weerd-385, 3-Guardino-380, 4-Hix-343, 5-J.Vander Weerd-322, 6-Shaw-311, 7-Timmons-305, 8-McQueen-305, 9-Faria-293, 10-Bernal-279.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 2 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial

—From USAC media