By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Rick Ware Racing once again teams up with Kyle Weatherman for his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Weatherman made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with RWR in 2017. Since then, the Wentzville, MO native has started nine premier series races. Weatherman earned a best finish of 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year.
Sponsoring Weatherman’s No. 17 Chevrolet Camaro SS will be East Carolina University. The ECU Pirates previously sponsored Cody Ware and RWR’s Cup program in 2017.
“I am extremely excited to be able to represent the students and alumni of East Carolina University this weekend at Bristol,” offered Weatherman. “I’m looking forward to the challenges a tough short track like Bristol Motor Speedway presents – but I have the confidence in my Rick Ware Racing team that we can have a solid performance on Saturday and give ECU a strong showing as well.”
RWR general manager Bryan Clodfelter helped organize the partnership between ECU and RWR. Clodfelter graduated from ECU in 1991.
“Everyone at Rick Ware Racing is extremely excited to once again partner with East Carolina University,” said Clodfelter. “It is a great program that will again put ECU on a national stage without the University incurring any cost.
“The support for us to do this comes from fans and supporters of ECU Athletics and the sales of memorabilia such as hats, shirts and even die-cast cars. Having worked with the Athletic Department during my tenure at ECU, I know first-hand the pride that goes along with athletics at ECU and the commitment of the fan base.”
In six races this season, RWR has qualified for five events. Weatherman will be the third driver to drive the No. 17 Xfinity Chevrolet Camaro for the organization this season joining Bayley Currey and Chris Cockrum.
With 423 total starts in the Xfinity Series, RWR has just one top-five and four top-10 finishes.
In addition to his nine NASCAR Cup Series starts, Weatherman has 50 ARCA Menards Series starts, including one victory, 25 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes. Of those 50 ARCA starts, 18 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes came on short tracks.