Swanson Goes Back To Front At Perris

Jake Swanson en route to victory at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)
Jake Swanson en route to victory at Perris Auto Speedway. (Doug Allen photo)

PERRIS, Calif. — After a first-lap tangle sent him to the back, Jake Swanson sliced his way to the lead on lap 24 and earned his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Racing John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s No. 34az Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson topped the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series.

Fast-qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Danny Faria Jr. and Austin Williams rounded out the top five.

Thanks to Janet and Lealand McSpadden, Austin Liggett took home $2,700 for claiming the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products “Ellen Ellis” Hard Charger Award with a 22nd to eighth-place run.

Vander Weerd began the night by posting the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” with a new Southwest track record of 16.411 seconds over the 30-car roster.

Swanson won the “Junior Kurtz No Bozos Trophy Dash” over Vander Weerd, Williams and Roa.

The finish:

Feature (30 laps): 1. Jake Swanson (5), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 3. Brody Roa (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (13), 5. Austin Williams (3), 6. Stevie Sussex (12), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (8), 8. Austin Liggett (22), 9. R.J. Johnson (10), 10. Cody Williams (2), 11. Damion Gardner (7), 12. Bill Rose (16), 13. Tommy Malcolm (1), 14. Matt McCarthy (11), 15. Trent Williams (21), 16. Mike Martin (14), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 18. Chris Gansen (17), 19. Chris Bonneau (20), 20. Kyle Shipley (19), 21. Verne Sweeney (18), 22. Matt Rossi (15). NT