Kwasniewski at Road America in 2014
May 31, 1995 |
Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.
|Achievements||2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion
2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
|Awards||2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|18 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|Car no., team||No. 31/42 (Turner Scott Motorsports)|
|First race||2014 DRIVE4COPD 300 (Daytona)|
|Last race||2014 EnjoyIllinois.com 300 (Joliet)|
|Statistics current as of July 19, 2014.|
Dylan Kwasniewski (KWAS-ness-KEY; born May 31, 1995) is an American stock car racing driver. A champion in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West, he is contending for Rookie of the Year honors in the Nationwide Series driving the No. 31 and 42 Chevrolet Camaros for Turner Scott Motorsports in 2014.
Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Kwasniewski started his career driving go-karts at the age of four, and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, competing in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association's Kid Kart division and winning the championship in 2002. The following year, Kwasniewski moved to the Cadet Junior 1 class, and finished third; he continued karting by racing in the IKF, STARS and SKUSA, winning the SuperNats championship in 2005. Having moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2007 Kwasniewski raced in Bandoleros, and won 88 percent of the Bandolero races he entered at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring track. In 2008, Kwasniewski began racing Legends cars, before joining the American Speed Association Super Truck Series in 2009. The same year, Rockstar Energy Drink, based in Kwasniewski's hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, signed on as his sponsor.
In 2011, Kwasniewski entered the K&N Pro Series West series driving for Gene Price Motorsports in the No. 03 Rockstar/Royal Purple Chevrolet, and finished second in his debut at All American Speedway. At Colorado National Speedway, Kwasniewski won the pole position and the race, becoming the youngest driver to win a series pole and race.[N 1] He won again during the season at Montana Raceway Park, and ended the season fifth in the points standings, along with nine top tens. Kwasniewski subsequently was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. In 2012, Kwasniewski won three times at Stockton 99 Raceway, Iowa Speedway and All American Speedway, along with recording 15 top tens. Entering the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kwasniewski led teammate and 2011 series champ Greg Pursley by two points, and with a second place finish, beat Pursley for the title by six points, and at 17 years, 5 months and 10 days, Kwasniewski became the youngest champion in series history, surpassing Chuck Bown's record set in 1976 at 22 years, 7 months and 11 days.
In 2012, Kwasniewski announced talks with Joe Gibbs Racing to field a car in the K&N Pro Series East for the 2013 season, but eventually joined Turner Scott Motorsports, driving the No. 98. On January 7, 2013, Kwasniewski was named to the NASCAR Next program, which documents the potential future stars in NASCAR. In his first East race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kwasniewski led 96 of 125 laps en route to the win. Kwasniewski added to his win with victories at Iowa, Langley Speedway, Virginia International Raceway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway. At the season-ending Road Atlanta race, Kwasniewski held the points lead over Brett Moffitt by five points, but transmission problems eliminated Moffitt from championship contention, as Kwasniewski led every lap to win the East championship, becoming the first driver to win both East and West titles. During the year, Kwasniewski also ran an ARCA Racing Series race at Kansas Speedway, winning the pole and finishing fourth.
On February 3, 2014, Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Kwasniewski will enter the Nationwide Series for the 2014 season driving the team's No. 31 Rockstar Chevrolet. In a press release regarding the news, Kwasniewski stated:
|“||"I'm thankful for Harry Scott and Steve Turner for giving me this opportunity, as well as Rockstar for moving up with us. 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 was the fastest during the second day of Nationwide testing at Daytona International Speedway, and later entered the ARCA Racing Series' Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real with TSM, and won the pole position. He finished 14th in the race. On February 21, Kwasniewski clinched the pole for the Nationwide season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300, becoming the eleventh driver in series history to win the pole in his first series start, and the youngest Nationwide pole-sitter at Daytona.
In March 2014, Kwasniewski was signed to Chip Ganassi Racing's driver development program. On May 12, Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Kwasniewski will run standalone Nationwide Series events in the team's No. 42, in which Kyle Larson will be unavailable.
Motorsports career results
|Season||Series||Team||Races||Wins||Top 5s||Top 10s||Poles||Points||Position|
|2011||K&N Pro Series West||Gene Price Motorsports||13||2||8||9||2||1856||5th|
|2012||K&N Pro Series West||Gene Price Motorsports||15||3||12||15||5||622||1st|
|K&N Pro Series East||Steve DeSouza||3||0||1||2||0||103||31st|
|2013||K&N Pro Series East||Turner Scott Motorsports||14||6||8||10||3||536||1st|
|ARCA Racing Series||Billy Venturini||1||0||1||1||1||480||56th|
|2014||NASCAR Nationwide Series||Turner Scott Motorsports||17||0||1||1||1||418*||12th*|
|ARCA Racing Series||Turner Scott Motorsports||1||0||0||0||1||180*||58th*|
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2014||Turner Scott Motorsports||31||Chevy||DAY
* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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- "KWASNIEWSKI TO DRIVE TSM’S NO. 42 CAR AT STANDALONE NATIONWIDE RACESCHASE PISTONE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE NO. 31 AT IOWA SPEEDWAY". Turner Scott Motorsports. May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
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