Monday, February 3, 2014

Another rising NASCAR star joins the Nationwide Series

   Dylan Kwasniewski, who has won championships in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East the past two seasons, will move fulltime to the Nationwide Series this season with Turner Scott Motorsports.

   Kwasniewski,18, will drive the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet Camaro and make his series debut in the Feb. 22 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

   “I’m thankful for Harry Scott and Steve Turner giving me this opportunity, as well as Rockstar for moving up with us,” Kwasniewski said. “The test session earlier this month at Daytona taught us a lot and it’s good to enter Daytona with a level of confidence, not only for myself, but for (crew chief) Pat (Tryson) and all the guys.

   "Racing in the Nationwide Series is going to present a lot of challenges and it won’t be easy, but I look forward to taking it all on, learning from the other competitors and hopefully winning some races.”

   Kwasniewski, a native of Las Vegas, made his TSM debut last season and became the first driver ever to capture both the K&N East and West championships. In 14 starts he earned six wins, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, three poles and led 394 laps. He also was selected for the NASCAR Next program, an initiative to spotlight the sport’s up-and-coming stars, for the second consecutive year.

   Kwasniewski also will compete in the Feb. 15 Lucas Oil 200, the Automobile Racing Club of America series season opener at Daytona.