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16-Year-Old Kyle Weatherman 'Wow' Factor Heads To Salem Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Sep 11, 2013 - 05:28 PM
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16-Year-Old Kyle Weatherman 'Wow' Factor Heads To Salem Speedway


He looks like a kid alright - in fact at 16 he most certainly is - but he drives more like a veteran. It's almost as if he's been doing this for years, rather than just four races.

 

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Wentzville, Missouri's Kyle Weatherman just may be the next Frank Kimmel or Jimmie Johnson, or he could fade into obscurity as some do. Either way this goes, one could argue his ultimate outcome will more than likely be the former scenario, not the latter.

If Weatherman didn't have the attention of his ARCA peers at the onset of the season, he certainly has it now.

Weatherman, who led 20 laps in last Saturday's Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway, was less than seven laps from Victory Lane before he let eventual winner Grant Enfinger slide underneath off turn four. Regardless of the disappointment he no doubt incurred after giving up the win, he still finished a career-best second in only his fourth series start.

He also did something else at Iowa one may not expect from a 16-year-old kid who had never seen the place before. He introduced a never-before-seen line at Iowa when he positioned his Dodge right up against the wall all the way around. Prior to his bold maneuvering, no one knew there was a high-line there at all - certainly not one that stuck and worked as well as it did. And when he went high, so did everyone else.

It was one of the first things Enfinger commented on in Victory Lane.

"I appreciate Kyle Weatherman," said Enfinger. "He actually taught me something when he got around us. I couldn't believe the outside line worked like that. We were on the bottom and Weatherman went by me like I was standing still.

"I couldn't believe how high he was running. We went up there and had a lot of grip and we were running as fast as him. I was reeling him in and he got up there a bit and we got by him."

In fact, after Weatherman went high, so did most of the front-runners. Monkey see. Monkey do.
"We figured out a pretty good groove up there at the top," Weatherman said.

"We had a fast car for about 20 laps. It got really tight. Enfinger found the same line I did. He had a little better car at the end and beat us by a little bit. We had a good run. It's just my fourth race. We have a lot of racing to go."

Weatherman's next attempt is coming soon - this Saturday in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic presented by Federated Car Care at Salem Speedway. Salem is where Weatherman made his ARCA Racing Series debut back in April, finishing fourth.

It's also where Weatherman's car rolled back onto the hauler after the race with nary a scratch on it, when most machines were crumpled and torn, which is typical of a Salem short track adventure for many.

After finishing 12th at Toledo Speedway in May, Weatherman returned to race at Winchester Speedway in late June where he also finished fourth.

After cutting his teeth in Legend Cars for the past five seasons where he earned more than 190 victories and five championships, Weatherman is obviously ready for his next challenge.

"Racing full-bodied stock cars is an absolute blast," Weatherman added. "This is what I want to do. I'm really looking forward to our future, and I can't wait to get back to Salem Speedway. I like running the high-line, and that's what it takes to get the job done at Salem."

Weatherman also continues racing his Legends Car in the Pro division in between ARCA events. He also plans to race a handful of asphalt Super Late Model events, including the prestigious Snowball Derby in December.

Practice for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., with a final practice to follow from 1:45 to 2:30. Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 4. The Salem Street Stocks will get the racing action started with a 50-lap feature event at 5:30, followed by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic at 7:15.

ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activity, as well as live audio for the race.


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