What was expected to be a fantastic finish for Kyle Weatherman in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Music City 200 came to an early end due to a part failure that cost him the race.
The No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford Fusion was one of the fastest cars of the weekend. Topping the charts in second practice, Weatherman took to qualifying. He broke the track record that he set from the previous year and qualified in the third position.
“My crew chief Sam and I worked really hard in practice because off the truck, the car needed some speed,” Weatherman said. “After the first practice, Sam and I got together and made a handful of changes. Second practice was 110% better and ended on top of the board. Qualifying was good. Feel like we gave up a little in turns 1&2 which is what made the difference.”
Saving equipment is vital while racing at Fairgrounds Speedway. Tire falloff is a huge factor in the flow of the race which results in drivers biding their time before charging to the front, which is what Kyle Weatherman’s plan was. After leading a few laps, the team decided it was best that he just go with the flow of the race rather than use up all of their equipment early.
However, fate wasn’t in the team’s hands. While battling for the second position, a part failed in the right front of the car that kept Weatherman from completing the race.
“During the race we were just running our own pace, logging laps, and saving our equipment for the end. Unfortunately, when we were passing for second, our lower right-front ball joint broke and took us out of the race,” said Weatherman.
Despite all that happened, Weatherman is proud of the car the team was able to give him. He believes is was a race-winning car and is determined to rebound at Salem with a top-5 finish or a win.
“I’m really proud of our Lira Motorsports team. Can’t thank Carlos and Lira Motorsports enough for the opportunity and can’t wait for Salem.”
He would also like to thank St. Charles Glass for being on board of the No. 58 Ford Fusion.
About Lira Motorsport: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. The team competes in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen All- American Late Model, and IMSA Sportscar events nationwide. Lira Motorsports’ ARCA and NASCAR Truck programs are operated from an 18,000 square foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina and the late model team operates from a 12,000 square foot facility in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.
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