Weatherman wins Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell

(NEWTON, Iowa – July 17, 2015) – Kyle Weatherman won his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards pole award of the season Friday, setting the fastest time for tonight’s #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway.

Weatherman, 18, turned his fastest qualifying lap in 130.106 mph in winning his second pole of the season, and first since taking the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell honor at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville April 11. He finished that race in fifth. He’s hoping for more at the .875-mile Iowa Speedway.

Starting lineup

“I believe we will be in good shape for all 150 laps tonight,” said Weatherman, driver of the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge.

Weatherman tested at Iowa Speedway a couple of weeks ago. The car is much better now, he said.

“To be honest, we were really bad at the test,” Weatherman said. “We went back to the shop and worked pretty hard and we threw everything we had at it. Obviously, it worked. I’m proud of everyone at the shop for all of their hard work.”

His Cunningham Motorsports teammates Austin Cindric, in the No. 99 AutoZone Ford, will start fourth and Tom Hessert, in the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge, will start eighth. Cindric is making his first career ARCA start and was also part of that test session.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the race, which will start just after 8 p.m. CT. It will be live on Fox Sports 1.

Weatherman topped Matt Kurzejewski by 0.037 seconds in Friday’s afternoon qualifying. Kurzejewski, in the No. 54 Elmira Heat Treating Ford, was fastest in the 90-minute practice session held Friday morning. Brandon Jones qualified third in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota before spinning on his second lap while series point leader Grant Enfinger qualified fifth in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.

Others with a top 10 starting position include sixth-place Matt Tifft, Mason Mitchell in seventh, Austin Wayne Self in ninth and Sarah Cornett-Ching in 10th.

Todd Gilliland, driving for Venturini Motorsports, qualified 11th in the No. 55 Renton Coil Springs Toyota.

The heat index at Iowa Speedway is more than 100 degrees. Weatherman said he feels since the race starts later in the day, it will not affect the cars.

“We’re going to have to pay attention to the overheating, but I think we will be good,” he said. “Since it is an 8 p.m. race, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The race is part of the Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge, an 11-race series-within-a-series featuring ARCA Racing Series events on tracks 1-mile and less in length.

The race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. CT. It will re-air at 3 a.m. ET, July 18 on Fox Sports 1 and at 3 p.m. ET on July 19 on Fox Sports 2.