Dylan Kwasniewski gets new crew chief
July 17, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Dylan Kwasniewski, driver of the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will have a new crew chief atop the pit box when the series moves to Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday night's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
Turner Scott officials confirmed Thursday that car chief Shannon Rursch has replaced veteran Pat Tryson as crew chief for the team.
"I respect (Turner Scott Motorsports') decision," Kwasniewski told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Thursday afternoon. "It's a shame to see Pat go obviously. We had a great relationship, and he's a great crew chief."
Rursch served brief stints as car chief at Phoenix Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports before joining TSM in December of 2009.
Kwasniewski, 19, is a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series champion currently competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in Nationwide competition. He enters Saturday's race 12th in points.
"Now that we've got Shannon, I think he's going to do a fantastic job," Kwasniewski said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "He's got all the tools to do so. He knows what he needs to do, and I think he's got the experience to do so."
Tryson has eight wins as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief with three different drivers as well as a pair of wins in the Nationwide series. He was named crew chief for the No. 30 TSM entry with former driver Nelson Piquet Jr. in August of 2013.
He took over as crew chief for the No. 31 team before the start of the 2014 season.
With Tryson at the helm, Kwasniewski won the pole at Daytona International Speedway for the DRIVE4COPD 300 and finished eighth for his lone top-10 this season. He placed 13th in the series' most recent event, the Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.