Kyle Weatherman made a milestone achievement during Saturday night’s Fans With Benefits 150 at the Iowa Speedway by making his 50th career start.
The race at Iowa also marked his fourth start at the short oval with his first coming back in 2013 where he finished second to Grant Enfinger. In his return to the track in 2015, he again finished second but that time to now team owner Mason Mitchell. A return to Iowa for Weatherman would continue his successful run this season that has been topped with a second place finish at Nashville back in April.
Weatherman started the race in sixth and quickly moved into the top-five before the first caution of the evening that came out on Lap 13. On the restart, Weatherman made a three-wide pass to take the third position, showing his strength to the top-five.
He made his first pit stop of the evening on the 40th lap, exiting the pits in 12th. In just 12 short laps, he’d move back into the third spot before taking the lead on Lap 59 to lead five laps. It was his first time leading laps since Michigan earlier in the summer.
The caution came out late which allowed Weatherman to pit for fresh tires to set up for the finish. He’d cross the finish line in fifth earning his 25th career top-five finish and his third career top-five at Iowa.
“Really felt like we had a race winning car tonight, so it’s a little disappointing to finish fifth,” Weatherman stated. “The restarts were pretty crazy all evening long. The one restart we went from 12th to 5th in two laps or so. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough left at the end. We’ve got three more starts in the No. 78 this season. Hopefully we can win a few of them and make several trips to victory lane.”