TOLEDO, Ohio (April 12, 2017) -- Just short of the win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Kyle Weatherman had the field covered. The Wentzville, Missouri driver dominated the Special Award categories, winning the Valvoline Lap Leader honors, the General Tire Pole and the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award.
Weatherman, in the Mason Mitchell Motorsports No. 78 St. Charles Glass-Turn One Condos Chevrolet, led 134 of 200 laps en route to his runner-up finish. He also added his fifth career General Tire Pole Award after leading the speed charts in practice.
"I'm honored to win those awards...it means a lot to me personally, and to the guys who make it all happen on this Mason Mitchell Motorsports team (MMM)," said Weatherman.
"But honestly, I'd give up all three to lead that last lap. We came to Nashville for one reason...to win the race. We didn't accomplish our goal. Possibly with a little different strategy we could have. That obviously didn't happen, but we all know it can."
Despite giving up the win over the green-white-checker finish at Nashville -- race winner Chad Finley had fresher General Tires -- Weatherman says his guys at MMM couldn't be more pumped about the future.
"Everyone at the shop is so pumped and we're going to build on that. To perform that well out of the gate...they all know we were there. I think everyone knows how good we're going to be, and we're going to work on making our race cars even better. My crew chief Kevin Reed is all over it. We've got plenty more (races) to go."
The next one on Weatherman's 'to go' list is the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway April 30. Weatherman finished second at Salem in 2013. That said, he already understands how challenging it can be to get around the Salem high-banks.
"Salem's very hard to get around, especially for 200 laps. Just to keep the tires on it and keep it off the wall for 200 laps is very challenging...you run so close (to the wall) up in three and four. But we're all excited to go back and make it happen. I'm definitely ready to go to Salem. We know we can do it. We knew it before, but now we have proof."
In addition to what Weatherman hopes will be a win at Salem, he'd be glad to stack up more special awards. History says he's good at that too. The 2015 New Jersey Motorsports Park race winner won the SCOTT Rookie of the Year and the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge in 2015.
"Don't get me wrong...it's way cool to win all these awards at Nashville. We just need to add the win at Salem and I know this team is more than capable of getting it done.
"I'd like to thank Valvoline, General Tire and Protect Plus for the awards at Nashville. We appreciate their participation in the ARCA Series...it means a lot. So does that checkered flag."
To add to the special awards mix, Weatherman's crew chief Kevin Reed also earned the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race at Nashville.