SALEM, Ind. – official release – ARCA photo — Clayton Weatherman has a couple of goals next week when he makes his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut.
He’d like to gain experience behind the wheel of a 3,400-pound stock car, finish as high as he can and, oh yeah, beat his brother.
Clayton, who turned 15 in the spring, is entered in the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic presented by JayC Food Stores Sept. 13 at Salem Speedway. It’s his first ARCA race and the first chance he’s had to race against his brother, Kyle Weatherman, in quite a while.
“He’s two years older than me so we don’t get to race against each other a lot,” Clayton said. “We have a good rivalry. We like to beat each other.”
To prepare for his ARCA debut, Clayton plans on testing today at Salem Speedway. He’s one of a long line of testers who are taking laps around the track in anticipation of Saturday’s race, especially with the new pavement around the turns three and four.
“I talked to him a little about the track and he gave me some pointers, but he said that I will be able to give him some advice because I’ll get out on the pavement before him,” Clayton said. “I can’t wait. I’m excited to get out there.”
Kyle made his debut at Salem in April, 2013 when he qualified seventh and finished fourth. He now drives for Roulo Brothers Racing in the ARCA Racing Series and is a development driver in the Roush-Fenway Racing stable. He lives with Chris Buescher, who won the ARCA championship while driving for Roulo Brothers in 2012 and recently won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
“My brother and I have both kind of followed Buescher’s career for years,” Clayton said. “I really look up to him.”
Clayton said he has known he was going to make his ARCA debut at some point this season for a few months. He’s raced go-karts, Bandolero’s and Legends cars. He has been behind the wheel of the car he will drive in the ARCA race a couple of times already, testing.
“I’ve been racing since I was five years old,” said the native of Wentzville, Missouri. “My brother and I just love to race. It’s something we’ve been doing a long time and can’t get enough of it.
“I really have to thank St. Charles Glass and Glazing, United Nissan, the Mittler Brothers, Cash Back, Michael Harper, my mom and dad, brother and sister and Waddell Wilson for all of this,” Weatherman said. “I can’t wait to get on the track.”