Weatherman ready for Talladega; MMM back to defend title

TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 3, 2017) -- It’s a short turnaround for Kyle Weatherman and Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) this week as the team gears up for the General Tire 200 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Sunday the team earned a third-place finish at the Salem Speedway. Friday will mark the second race in five days for the championship team.

Friday also marks the second and final restrictor plate race of the 2017 season. Weatherman and the No. 78 St. Charles/Chrome Divas Chevrolet earned a top-10 finish at the first restrictor plate race in February at Daytona International Speedway. Weatherman has one prior start at Talladega coming last year when he finished 12th.

MMM looks to make it back-to-back wins at Talladega. Last year the team earned their first restrictor plate win at the 2.66-mile track with Gus Dean driving the No. 98.

Weatherman enters the fourth race of the 2017 season tied for second in driver points just 15 points behind point leader Austin Theriault.

"Daytona and Talladega are very similar," said Weatherman. "The biggest difference is Talladega is about a groove or so wider and the corners are longer.

"I learn something every time I go to a race track even if I've raced their already I still learn something new. The biggest thing at Talladega that I am continuing to learn is the draft and side drafting. Having TJ Majors on the spotters stand at Daytona was a huge help. He's back on the spotters stand for us this weekend.

"You have to put yourself in good positions on the track and around cars and drivers you can trust. Hopefully we can earn our first win of the 2017 season.”

Team owner Mason Mitchell, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion driver and owner, like the team's chances headed to Talladega.

"I feel this is the best shot we’ve had to win heading into a restrictor plate track," said Mitchell. "Instead of having one bullet we have three missiles. We have the mindset of finishing 1-2-3. We would love to make it back-to-back wins at Talladega this weekend.”

In addition to Weatherman's 78 car, the team has entered a number 88 and 98.

Chassis Information: Kyle will pilot chassis No. 361 out of the MMM stable at Talladega. The chassis made its MMM debut at Daytona in February where Weatherman qualified 4th and finished 8th. 

Former ARCA driver Chad Hackenbracht raced the chassis to a third-place finish at Talladega in the 2012 race.

MMM Stats at Talladega: MMM has three starts at Talladega earning one win (2016), two top-five finishes and two top-10s. MMM has also started inside the top-five in every prior Talladega start (3). 

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TUNE IN INFORMATION:

 Practice for the General Tire 200 at Talladega Friday kicks off a full day of activities beginning with practice from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. General Tire Pole Qualifying (group format) follows at 2:30 p.m. The General Tire 200 is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 5 Friday afternoon. The race will be live on FS1 at 5 p.m. All times are local Central.

For more on Kyle Weatherman, please visit kyleweatherman.com. Follow him on Twitter @KyleWeatherman and Facebook at Kyle Weatherman Facebook.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “Like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow Mason on his personal Twitter page @TheMasonRacin.

About Mason Mitchell Motorsports:

Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell.

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