September 29th, 2011
Richard VanderWeerd remains atop the 2011 USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car standings after finishing fourth in last Saturday night’s race at Hanford, Calif. He’s 55 points ahead of Ryan Bernal, winner of last Saturday’s race. The two will continue their battle for the championship October 8 when the series returns to the Tulare (Calif.) Thunderbowl Raceway with 74 points up for grabs.
Bernal, of Hollister, Calif., won Saturday night’s race at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway, leading the final 27 laps after passing Marty Hawkins on lap four. Dennis Howell came home second ahead of Peter Murphy, series point leader VanderWeerd and Wes Gutierrez.
The Hanford win was the fourth in the last six series features for Bernal as he continues to narrow VanderWeerd’s point lead.
May 5th, 2011
Jace VanderWeerd has a five-point lead over Ryan Bernal and is eight points ahead of Wes Gutierrez as the series preps for a May 14 return to the Gropetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Peter Murphy of Clovis, Calif. led the final four laps in his Eberhardt Special to win Saturday night’s 30-lap USAC West Coast 360 Sprint race at Tulare. Dennis Howell
finished second ahead of Richard VanderWeerd, Greg Alexander and Jace VanderWeerd.
Former point leader Ryan Bernal led laps 2-26 but dropped to 15th in the official finish. T.J. Smith was Saturday’s fastest qualifier. Saturday’s race is the third of six scheduled at Tulare. Jace VanderWeerd has been third, fifth and eighth in this year’s Tulare races, while Bernal has a pair of seconds and Gutierrez has two sixths and a seventh.