Visalia’s Vander Weerd twins dominated the weekend of U.S. Auto Club West Coast Sprint Car Series racing.
Richard Vander Weerd was fastest qualifier Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, won his heat ahead of brother Jace then got past season points leader Brody Roa on Lap 4 en route to victory in the 33-lap feature race.
Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton started sixth and finished second. Jace Vander Weerd was fifth. Another set of brothers, Kyler and Koen Shaw of Fresno, were eighth and ninth, respectively.
Roa, of Huntington Beach, wrapped up the season championship.
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Also on the card were the Western RaceSaver 305 sprints, with Visalia’s Blake Robertson picking up another dominating victory. Vaughn Schott of Tulare was second, Cole Danell of Visalia third, Nathan Rolfe of Atwater fourth and Mike Schott of Tulare fifth. Twenty cars started the 25-lap feature in the growing series.
Other winners Saturday night in Hanford were Steven Johnson (Stocks) and Shawn Schwartzenberger (Minis).
Friday night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Jace Vander Weerd clawed his way to the front on lap 29 for the win. Kyler Shaw was ninth, Richard Vander Weerd 10th and Shaw 14th.
Madera Speedway – Season points leader Jeremy Doss of Upper Lake jumped from third to first by Lap 6 and was never headed in a 75-lap Pacific Challenge Series stock car feature race Saturday night.
The 13-race series hits Northern California’s paved ovals. Saturday was its second and final visit to the Madera third-mile.
Madera regular Bryan Herzog of Clovis started sixth in the 18-car field and made it to second by Lap 49 but couldn’t get past Doss, the 18-year-old who has won three times. Tracy Bolin of Valley Springs was third.
Other feature winners were AJ Russell (360 Super Modifieds), Kevin Thompson (MSTs), Lucy Carmona (Toyota Sedans), Darrin Knight (North State Modifieds) and Toni Breidinger (USAC HPD Midgets).
Knoxville Nationals – Louisiana racer Jason Johnson won the 56th annual “Super Bowl” of sprint car racing in a dramatic duel with nine-time Knoxville champion Donny Schatz. The win was worth $150,000.
Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, who rose to stardom through the sprint car ranks, took advantage of a week off on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit, won the B main event and rose from 21st to fifth in the feature race.
Cory Eliason of Kingsburg started 11th and finished seventh in the C main event. DJ Netto of Hanford was 16th in the same race. Joey Saldana of Indiana in the Fresno-based Roth Motorsports car was 10th in the B main.