Kwasniewski to swap NNS rides for stand-alones
May 12, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Turner Scott Motorsports officials have announced that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski will drive the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet in five NASCAR Nationwide Series stand-alone events on this year’s schedule.
Kyle Larson will continue to pilot the No. 42 Nationwide car in companion events while racing full-time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Camping World Truck Series driver Chase Pistone will handle the driving duties in TSN’s No. 31 entry this weekend at Iowa, freeing up Kwasniewski to take over the 42. The driver lineup for the No. 31 in the remaining races has yet to be announced.
The Sprint Cup and Truck Series will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend.
Kwasniewski is a recently signed developmental driver for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, and has experience on Iowa’s 0.875-mile layout. He won one of two K&N Pro Series East events there last year and was ninth in a return trip.
"I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the No. 42 car this week … and for the remaining four stand-alone races," Kwasniewski said in a team release. "I’m confident in all the guys at Turner Scott Motorsports, so it’ll be a great learning experience."
Kwasniewski will also compete at Road America, Iowa (Aug. 2), Mid-Ohio and Kentucky in the No. 42 entry. Larson will return to the seat for the NNS standalone at Chicago since it is an off weekend for the Sprint Cup Series. Kwasniewski will return to the No. 31 entry for that event as well.
The No. 42 team is fourth in owner points while Kwasniewski’s No. 31 is 18th. He began the year with an eighth-place finish at Daytona, but has failed to crack the top-10 in eight subsequent races.
No other personnel changes will be made between the two teams, according to officials. Scott Zipadelli will remain crew chief of the No. 42 while Pat Tryon will oversee the No. 31 at Iowa.
Pistone finished 13th earlier this year at Martinsville in his only NCWTS start of the season. He has one career NNS start, which came in 2006.
Team co-owner Harry Scott said the organization “is dedicated to bringing new talent into the series in which we compete.
"Dylan … is a great example of this and we’re excited to have him in the No. 42 car while Kyle … fulfills his Sprint Cup Series obligations," he said.
"With Dylan being a (CGR) development driver, it will be a great learning experience for him and an overall win-win situation for both organizations."
Pistone "had an impressive run … at Martinsville and we’re excited to see his performance in Iowa," Scott said.