WENTZVILLE, Mo. — Story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Kyle Magda — Audio by Race Chaser Online Managing Editor Jacob Seelman, Senior Editor Tom Baker and Kyle Magda — ARCA photo — 17-year-old Kyle Weatherman signed a development deal with Roush-Fenway Racing (RFR) in February to further his racing career. And slowly but surely, the Wentzville, Missouri native is starting to find success with his Roulo Brothers Racing team — which partners with the Roush development program — during the 2014 ARCA Racing season.
“We had one fourth-place finish at Berlin, so that was a decent run,” Weatherman said. We’re slowing progressing. We haven’t had finishes that show that we did as good as last year, but we’re getting better.”
Weatherman nearly tasted victory last season in ARCA by scoring two runner-up finishes. He turned some heads with a fourth-place finish in his debut at the spring Salem race in April 2013.
“Basically, it’s the same thing I did last year because last year was my first season in ARCA,” Weatherman said of changing teams in the offseason. “Basically learning a new team just like I did last year.”
The RFR development deal works through the Roulo Brothers and drivers like Erik Darnell, Peter Shepherd, David Ragan, and Chris Buescher are a few who have raced with the Roulos in ARCA. Weatherman has been following a similar path to that of Buescher, who is now driving in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time for RFR.
“Normally before every race, I call him just to talk to him,” the 17-year-old said of Buescher. “He’s been through it all. He’s been at every track, he knows every little bump, every little characteristic of tracks. He and I are actually pretty close, so he’s definitely one of the key people in my career that’s definitely helped out a good bit.”
Buescher won the 2012 ARCA championship with the Roulo Brothers and is now a winner in NNS after scoring the victory at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last month.
Weatherman has two more races on his 2014 ARCA schedule, the fall Salem race on Saturday and the Kentucky Speedway event on September 19. The Missouri driver finished second to Kyle Benjamin in last year’s fall race at Salem and looks to make it one spot better this time around.
“I definitely rank this first or second for sure,” Weatherman said of the track. “We had a good run at Salem here in the fall, so I’m getting excited.”
His brother, Clayton, will be following a similar path of his older brother and plans to make his ARCA debut with Fast Track Racing on Saturday.
“Any questions he (Clayton) has or anything, I’ll answer for sure,” Kyle said. “We’re really close and everything, so it’s actually pretty fun because obviously we’re not near the NASCAR level yet, but we’re both climbing steadily. We got to show off what we can do and so far we’ve been doing it.”
“It doesn’t mean I don’t still want to beat him though,” the elder of the two brothers added.
Kyle Weatherman’s 2015 ARCA schedule will be similar to his this season, as the 17-year-old can now run at superspeedways such as Kentucky and Pocono Raceway, since ARCA allows 17-year-olds to run at those two tracks if they test and get approved by the series.
Listen in to Kyle’s full interview from last night’s episode of Motorsports Madness on Speed77 Radio with Jacob Seelman, Kyle Magda and Tom Baker below: