The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars return to Santa Maria (Calif.) Speedway July 6 and Richard Vander Weerd can’t wait after winning last Saturday night’s 30-lap feature at the one-third-mile dirt oval.
Vander Weerd, of Visalia, Calif., led all 30 laps to win the 28th “Bud Stanfield Memorial”. Trailing the winner’s Vander Weerd Construction/Battery Worx Maxim/Shark were Markus Niemela, series point leader and fast qualifier Ryan Bernal, Andy Ferris and Jace Vander Weerd.
Bernal’s point lead now stands at 24 points over Saturday’s winner going into the return engagement at Santa Maria.
2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Standings: 1-Ryan Bernal-588, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-564, 3-Danny Faria Jr.-478, 4-Bud Kaeding-449, 5-Jace Vander Weerd-412, 6-Markus Niemela-408, 7-Rusty Carlile-357, 8-Landon Hurst-281, 9-Rusty Kirkbride-276, 10-Austin Liggett-266.