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For Jesse Iwuji, Kyle Weatherman Is The Future Of Jesse Iwuji Motorsports

For Jesse Iwuji, Kyle Weatherman Is The Future Of Jesse Iwuji Motorsports

For Kyle Weatherman, the NASCAR journey hasn’t been the straight shot to the top like we see with many other young up-and-coming drivers. Rather, it has been one of filling in warm seats and securing the occasional ride with teams ranging from those in the back to mid-field.

Beforehand, the young Missouri native enjoyed a promising ARCA Menards Series career, where he earned 25 top five results in only 50 starts, including a win at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2015. Alas, in his NASCAR escapades his ventures have not been as fruitful.

When he started 2022, Weatherman had only one top 10 in his entire NASCAR career spanning a total of 73 races coming at Kentucky Speedway with Mike Harmon Racing in 2020.  At the time, he looked toward a promising handful of races with DGM Racing, a team that will make appearances in the front of the field once in a blue moon. 

Yet even after earning his second career top 10 result at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March with his new team, his future remained mostly uncertain. 

Until he was contacted by Jesse Iwuji: naval reservist officer and team owner of Jesse Iwuji Motorsports, who was in need of a driver with experience to improve his new team after failing to qualify for multiple races.

With the rookie team, Weatherman went on to earn his third career NASCAR Xfinity Series top 10 and an average finish of 21.6 – the best of his career – while also elevating the team to 29th in team owner points, nullifying any worry about disqualification for the race team. 

Frontstretch caught up with both Weatherman and Iwuji and Talladega Superspeedway on Sept. 30 to talk about the 25-year-old’s successful contributions to the new race team. 

Dalton Hopkins, Frontstretch: Jesse [Iwuji] told me about how much he really enjoys having you on the team and how much you really seemed to fit in. What does that mean to have your boss say that about you?

Kyle Weatherman: It’s awesome to have someone believe in me, to give me this opportunity to run this car and be a part of this team. It’s been a good fit from top to bottom. It really has. With the guys in the shop, to Jesse, to all these people have just been incredible to work with. It’s been a fun group to work with. I think we’re having fun. That’s the most important thing, and we’re all learning and getting better each and every week. This is still a first-year team, right? So, for what they’ve done from the beginning to where we’re at now is…

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