Kwasniewski nabs full-time Nationwide ride
February 03, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Following testing for Turner Scott Motorsports last month, Dylan Kwasniewski has secured a full-time ride with the team for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
The 18-year-old already has both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West championships under his belt as he goes behind the wheel of the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet Camaro in the series opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22.
"I'm thankful for Harry Scott and Steve Turner for 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. ... 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."
Driving for TSM last season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Kwasniewski earned six wins, eight top-fives and 10 top-10s in 14 starts. He also claimed three poles, led for 394 laps and has been selected for the NASCAR Next program, which highlights NASCAR's up-and-coming stars, for three consecutive years.
"Dylan is a great kid and has unbelievable talent," team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said. "Steve and I are thrilled that he is taking the next step in his career with us here at TSM. The sky is the limit for Dylan and this Rockstar team. He showed us what he's capable of last year and while he's making a big step, we know Dylan can achieve great things this year."
The news of Kwasniewski's debut in the Nationwide Series comes three days after TSM announced that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jeb Burton does not have a full-time ride heading into the 2014 season due to a sponsorship default.
The Las Vegas native is bringing the Rockstar Energy Drink sponsor with him from Pro Series competition to the Nationwide Series. Rockstar Energy Drink is headquartered in Las Vegas and has been partnered with the driver since 2009. Pat Tryson will serve as the team's crew chief.
"Everyone at Rockstar is proud of the investment we have made in Dylan Kwasniewski," said Jason May, executive vice president of marketing for Rockstar Energy Drink said. "He has demonstrated that he has the potential to become one of the best drivers on the planet."