ARCA Top Rookies Weatherman and Levine Take Their Battle To NASCAR Trucks – As Teammates
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 27, 2015) – David Levine (left photo) held the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Scott Rookie Challenge points lead for the majority of the 2015 season. Kyle Weatherman (right photo) took over the Rookie points lead by two points in race 19 of 20 at Kentucky, then held off Levine in the season finale at Kansas to claim the title.
Earlier today, the two ARCA Series rivals officially announced that they will take their battle to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. They are both set to make their Truck Series debut in the Ford Ecoboost 200 during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20th.
While they will undoubtably be trying to outdo each other for the best finishing position between themselves, their personal rivalry may be put aside to some extent as they are entering the race as teammates. The duo will be a two-truck effort by Lira Motorsports, a team that made a huge splash in their first full year of ARCA Racing Series competition in 2015.
The Lira team, based in Mooresville, NC, captured two wins and a total of 22 top ten finishes in a multi-car effort led by team owners Carlos and Amanda Lira. Levine, the team’s primary driver, claimed 11 of the teams top ten finishes and placed 5th in the ARCA Racing Series 2015 driver points standings. He was the highest finishing Rookie driver in points, piloting the highest finishing Ford in the driver points standings.
“David and Kyle both had very good years in ARCA, and we are confident that they will bring similar levels of success and professionalism to the truck program we are building,” commented Carlos Lira. “We’ve had the backing of Ford Performance all year, and the Ford F-150s we are fielding at Homestead will be top-notch. Our debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is part of a long-term plan for Lira Motorsports to be involved in both NASCAR and ARCA Racing competition.”
The team has marketing partnerships available for the Ford Ecoboost 200, as well as for their 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series programs. Truck numbers, sponsors, and crew chief announcements for Homestead will be made at a later date.