Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, top, races against Damion Gardner of Concord on Saturday night, Nov. 12, 2016 in the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. Gardner went on to win the race and the U.S. Auto Club/California Racing Association season championship; Vander Weerd finished third in Saturday’s race to cap his runner-up finish in the season points standings, then started the 2017 season with a victory March 4 at Perris.
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, top, races against Damion Gardner of Concord on Saturday night, Nov. 12, 2016 in the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. Gardner went on to win the race and the U.S. Auto Club/California Racing Association season championship; Vander Weerd finished third in Saturday’s race to cap his runner-up finish in the season points standings, then started the 2017 season with a victory March 4 at Perris. Courtesy U.S. Auto Club
Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, top, races against Damion Gardner of Concord on Saturday night, Nov. 12, 2016 in the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. Gardner went on to win the race and the U.S. Auto Club/California Racing Association season championship; Vander Weerd finished third in Saturday’s race to cap his runner-up finish in the season points standings, then started the 2017 season with a victory March 4 at Perris. Courtesy U.S. Auto Club

California sprint car openers go to Vander Weerd and rain

March 04, 2017 10:14 PM