Vander Weerd Winner at The PAS

PERRIS, Cal. (March 4, 2017) – The 2017 USAC/CRA Sprint Car season kicked off Saturday night with Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd racing to victory lane in the 30-lap “Sokola Shootout” main event at the Perris Auto Speedway.

Vander Weerd wired the field by leading all 30 laps for his second Sokola score in three years, racing to the stripe ahead of reigning series champ Damion Gardner with USAC Southwest kingpin R.J. Johnson, Austin Williams and Brody Roa rounding out the top five.

Jake Swanson kicked off the evening by setting a quick time of 16.520 seconds in qualifying before Tommy Malcolm, Gardner and Mike Spencer won the heat races.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 4, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.520; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.564; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.695; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.735; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.773; 6. Chad Boespflug, 42, Cheney-16.815; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.901; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.940; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.159; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.216; 11. Brady Short, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-17.352; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.405; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.420; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.472; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.478; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.552; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.659; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.752; 19. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.855; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.215; 21. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-22.066; 22. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7. Smith, 8. Hendricks. 2:54.38.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Short, 6. McCarthy, 7. Ellertson. 2:51.69.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Tafoya, 3. Edwards, 4. C.Williams, 5. Boespflug, 6. Sweeney, 7. Colston. 2:56.51.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Kyle Edwards, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Cal Smith, 17. Matt McCarthy, 18. Brady Short, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Eddie Tafoya, 21. Tom Hendricks, 22. Parker Colston. 8:52.43.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 R.Vander Weerd

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (16th to 10th)

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NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: April 1 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “So-Cal Showdown”

(Photo courtesy of Vane Ledgerwood)