Dylan Kwasniewski, 18, to run full Nationwide season for Turner Scott
FEB 03, 2014 12:41p ET
Dylan Kwasniewski will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.
Kwasniewski, the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will drive the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet. The 18-year-old will make his series debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Kwasniewski also won the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.
"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 in a news release. "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."
The sponsor has worked with Kwasniewski since 2009. Last season, the driver became the first to capture both the K&N East and West championships. In 14 2013 starts, he earned six wins and 10 top-10 finishes, eight of them top fives, and led 394 laps.
"Dylan is a great kid and has unbelievable talent," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "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 team will be led by veteran crew chief Tryson, who first joined TSM in August 2013 as crew chief for Nelson Piquet Jr. In 527 combined NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck events, he has led his teams to 10 wins, 66 top-five and 141 top-10 finishes and four poles.