Turner Scott Motorsports
Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is a NASCAR racing team based in Mooresville, North Carolina co-owned by Texas businessman Steve Turner and Harry Scott, Jr. The team currently fields teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East, utilizing Hendrick Motorsports engines.
In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the team fields No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink/AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Camaro of Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Pistone, and the No. 42 Target Camaro for Kyle Larson and Kwasniewski. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the team fields the No. 30 Rheem/Exide Chevrolet Silverado of Ron Hornaday, Jr., the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado for Ben Kennedy, and the No. 32 and 33 trucks for various drivers. Turner Scott Motorsports also will field multiple full-time K&N Pro Series East teams.
From 2003 through 2010, Turner Scott's Nationwide Series operations were those of Braun Racing, who for many years ran cars numbered 32 and 38 for Jason Leffler and Kasey Kahne with sponsors Great Clips and Fraternal Order of Eagles, the latter of which is still with the team. Other assets of the Turner Scott Motorsports entries began as parts of other teams, ppc Racing and Akins Motorsports.
- 1 Sprint Cup Series
- 2 Nationwide Series
- 3 Camping World Truck Series
- 4 Affiliations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Sprint Cup Series
Car No. 50 History
Turner Scott Motorsports entered the No. 50 Walmart Chevrolet Impala in the 2012 Coke Zero 400 for one race with Bill Elliott as the driver. Elliott qualified in 6th position and showed competitive speed early, but was taken out late in the race, resulting in a 37th place finish.
In late 2013, TSM co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. bough the Phoenix Racing Sprint Cup Series team. Scott's new team, HScott Motorsports, began operating at Richmond in September 2013, but although he fielded TSM drivers, his Cup team is unconnected to TSM.
Car No. 30 History
This team began as the No. 10 Nesquik Chevrolet for ppc Racing back in the year 2000. It was purchased by Braun Racing after the closing of ppc. Even after being bought by Braun, the car continued as the No. 10, often competing part-time. Braun Racing had also ran a No. 30 car in the past, winning at Rockingham Speedway in 2004 with Jamie McMurray.
After years of competing under the Braun Racing banner, Turner Scott Motorsports acquired the No. 10 team when they bought the team in September 2010. With Steve Turner now owning the team, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher, Scott Wimmer, and Jason Leffler filled the seat for the remainder of the season.
In 2011, the team ran full-time as the No. 30 Chevrolet Impala with a multitude of drivers. Leffler drove the No. 30 with AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals and Great Clips sponsoring in eight races, while Kasey Kahne ran Leffler's normal No. 38. James Buescher drove in nine races with ABF Freight System, Fraternal Order of Eagles, AccuDoc Solutions, Sporting Kansas City and Exide Batteries sponsoring the car. Ricky Carmichael drove the car with Monster Energy at Road America, Daytona, and Richmond. Ryan Newman drove the No. 30 with Dollar General on board at Phoenix. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 30 at Las Vegas, California, Michigan, and Kentucky with little success. Mikey Kile drove the No. 30 for five races with AccuDoc and Battery Tender serving as sponsors. In addition to his driving duties in the No. 38 Turner Scott Motorsports car, Kahne drove the No. 30 entry at Charlotte in the spring and Chicagoland in the fall. Boris Said drove at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with Great Clips sponsorship. Nelson Piquet, Jr. drove the car at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Eddie Pardue stayed with Leffler when he transitioned between the No. 30 and No. 38, while Stewart Cooper worked with Kahne and the other drivers. The car ended up 18th in owner points with two top fives and 10 top 10s. The car's best run was at Lucas Oil Raceway when Buescher finished 2nd.
In 2012, the No. 30 team returned. Buescher drove the car for 20 races, winning the season opener in Daytona. Steve Arpin would drive at Texas and Iowa, while Nelson Piquet, Jr. ended up winning at Road America. Leffler returned to the car at Iowa and Phoenix, Alex Bowman drove at Chicago and Dover. Miguel Paludo, Alex Tagliani, Newman, and Dakoda Armstrong each drove the car for one race apiece. The team would finish 11th in owner points. In 2013, Piquet drove the No. 30 full-time to compete for Rookie of the Year, scoring only 5 top 10s, and finishing 12th in points. In 2014 Danica Patrick ran the 30 in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona.
Car No. 31 History
This team was initially a part of the Braun Racing stable and debuted as the No. 11 Toyota Camry during the 2010 season with rookie Brian Scott running full-time. AccuDoc Solutions served as the car's sponsor for a majority of the races. Scott's best finish with the team was a third-place effort at Chicagoland Speedway. Despite a somewhat successful season, Scott was released from the ride once Steve Turner bought the team in late September. Multiple drivers took over driving duties for the remainder of the season. James Buescher drove the car at Kansas, Fontana and Phoenix with Great Clips and Rexall sponsoring. David Reutimann drove with Rexall on the hood at Charlotte, Texas, and Homestead. Brad Sweet drove at Gateway with Great Clips sponsoring.
The team continued to run in 2011, rebranded as the No. 31 Chevrolet Impala. Justin Allgaier drove the car full-time. BRANDT served as the team's primary sponsor for a majority of the season. For the races that BRANDT was not on the hood, the No. 31 was instead sponsored by Wolfpack Rentals, Chevrolet, SEM, Deft Finishes, Trademark Nitrogen, Florida Gulf Safe, Dollar General and RACERSITES.
Justin Allgaier and the No. 31 team had an up and down year until earning a victory at Chicagoland Speedway. The race was won on fuel mileage when, with half a lap to go, leader Carl Edwards ran out of gas. Allgaier, who had been running second, passed Edwards. Going through the final corner, the No. 31 ran out of gas as well, but managed to have enough momentum to win the race. Allgaier finished the season third in driver points with six top fives and 17 Top 10s. The car finished eighth in owner points.
Allgaier and BRANDT returned for 2012. Allgaier stayed in the top five in points for most of the season. The team grabbed its first win of the year at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. On the last lap, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve had slowed to conserve fuel, allowing Allgaier to pull the bump-and-run and pass Villeneuve for the win.
In 2013 he No. 31 car was sponsored by BRANDT with Allgaier behind the wheel. It was announced in January 2013 that Scott Zipadelli would come on board as crew chief from RAB Racing. Though Allgaier would not win in 2013, he would finish 5th in points. Allgaier would move up to HScott Motorsports, run by co-owner Harry Scott Jr. for the following season.
In 2014 Dylan Kwasniewski will pilot the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Camaro, except for standalone races in which he will run Kyle Larson's 42. It will be his first season in the Nationwide Series. TSM announced his crew chief will be Pat Tryson. Chase Pistone will replace Kwasniewski in the No. 31 in the three Nationwide Series standalone oval races, while Justin Marks will drive the No. 31 in the two Nationwide Series standalone road course races.Kwasnewski won the pole at the DRIVE4COPD 300.
|2014 driver rotation|
|Dylan Kwasniewski (R)||28||Rockstar Energy, AccuDoc Solutions, F.O.E.|
|Justin Marks||2||Sol Republic|
Car No. 34 History
The No. 34 Chevrolet Impala saw its first bit of action at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2011 with Exide on the hood and James Buescher in the cockpit, bringing home a solid 13th place finish. At Phoenix in November, Ricky Carmichael drove the No. 34 with Monster Energy Drink sponsorship to a 15th-place finish. The No. 34 returned in 2013 as the fourth car, replacing the No. 38 team that ran in 2012. Danica Patrick drove at Daytona International Speedway but fell out early from a blown engine. The No. 34 team returned at Talladega, with Patrick once again behind the wheel, but was taken out on lap 16 by her teammate Kyle Larson, and would finish 39th. The team's third start came at Road America with James Buescher, who would finish 14th. Buescher and the No. 34 team would return to Daytona in July, where Buescher would finish a surprising 2nd to race winner Matt Kenseth. The team's next stop was Kentucky with Jeb Burton, making his Nationwide series debut, behind the wheel. Burton would finish an impressive 8th. The team's last two starts were Kansas, and Charlotte in October, with Buescher, who would finish 15th, and 11th respectively.
Car No. 38 History
The No. 38 team team can trace its roots back to the defunct Akins Motorsports, which was affiliated with Ford Cup team Robert Yates Racing. Great Clips had sponsored the team since 2001. It switched over to Dodge in 2004 along with its driver Kasey Kahne (who moved from Ford to Dodge factory team Evernham Motorsports in the Cup Series). Aikins merged with Braun racing in 2006, before being taken over by Braun later in the season and switching to Chevy. From 2006 to 2011, Jason Leffler drove the No. 38, on either a part-time or full-time basis. In 2010, Jason Leffler split the car with then-Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne (returning to the No. 38 and sponsor Great Clips) and finished out the season in the No. 10 car.
For 2011, Kahne and Leffler again split the Great Clips No. 38, with Leffler running the No. 30 in the eight races when Kahne was driving this car. Eddie Pardue was crew chief for Leffler while Stewart Cooper was crew chief for Kahne. The team had a pair of second-place finishes during the season with Kahne at Bristol Motor Speedway and Leffler at Daytona International Speedway. The car finished 11th in owner points with five top fives and 11 top 10s.
Leffler was released at the end of 2011 in favor of an expanded season for Kahne and his USAC driver Brad Sweet, who ran for Rookie of the Year. The team's best finish was 2nd at Bristol by Kahne. After 2012, Kahne, Sweet, and Great Clips left Turner for JR Motorsports, ending Great Clips' long association with the No. 38.
Following Leffler's death in 2013, the No. 31 team ran a tribute scheme at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Great Clips and a No. 38 logo featured on the car and a scheme resembling the one Leffler ran in 2011.
Car No. 42 History
In 2011, Reed Sorenson, who had driven the No. 32 in seasons past, drove the Dollar General Chevrolet Impala in 30 races during the season, while Mark Martin drove at Las Vegas, California, Michigan, and Kentucky.
In March 2011, Mark Martin gave Turner Scott Motorsports its first victory in the Nationwide at Las Vegas. The victory came after Brad Keselowski, who was leading on the last lap, blew his tire. Martin, who was running in the second position, inherited the lead from Keselowski and held on to the top spot to ultimately achieve the victory. Then, in June of the same year, Reed Sorenson gave the No. 32 team its second victory at Road America. After teammate Justin Allgaier and his No. 31 team ran out of gas as the race was ending under caution, road course ringer Ron Fellows sped past Sorensen under caution. After a review by NASCAR officials, it was found that Sorensen maintained proper caution speed and was therefore awarded with the race victory.
Sorensen was released with 5 races left in 2011. Brian Vickers (Kansas, Charlotte and Texas), Ron Hornaday Jr. (Phoenix) and James Buescher (Homestead) filled out the remaining races. Even with the changes, the car finished 7th in owner points with eight top fives and 24 top 10s. Dollar General left after the season for Joe Gibbs Racing leaving the No. 32 team without a sponsor or driver for 2012. Turner Scott later shut down the No. 32 team and gave the team's owner points to Richard Petty Motorsports' Nationwide Series team.
|2011 driver rotation|
In 2013, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's development driver, Kyle Larson was signed to drive the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro full-time. Despite having never driven a Nationwide car before, and after being involved in early wrecks, Larson finished 2nd to Kyle Busch at Bristol. Larson would claim Rookie of the Year honors that year, and would later move up to the Sprint Cup Series with Ganassi.
Larson will continue to drive the renumbered No. 42 Target Cartwheel Camaro in 2014 for all races that are in support of Cup Series events. Dylan Kwasniewski will replace Larson in the No. 42 during Nationwide Series standalone events, funded by Target's up & up brand. Larson would claim his first win at Auto Club Speedway.
|2014 driver rotation|
|Kyle Larson||28||Target Cartwheel|
|Dylan Kwasniewski (R)||5||Up&Up, Rockstar Energy|
Camping World Truck Series
Truck No. 4 History
Originally the No. 4 team was part of the Kevin Harvick Incorporated stable, set to run full-time in 2009 with rookie Ricky Carmichael splitting time with other drivers. However, Carmichael left KHI in order to run full-time and not have to split the ride with others after 2009. Beginning with the 2010 season, the No. 4 team ran with Carmichael as its driver under the Turner Motorsports banner. The season's results were mixed, but fairly successful at times. The team finished 13th in points with three top fives, nine top 10s and a best finish of fourth. The team continued in 2011 with Carmichael and Monster, but struggled for most of the year with results and consistency. Carmichael earned his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway and had one top five, seven top 10s and a best finish of fourth. Carmichael finished 16th in driver points and the team finished 18th in owner points before departing from Turner Motorsports at the conclusion of the season.
The No. 4 team returned in 2012 for the Rockingham race where Kasey Kahne raced the No. 4 Truck for Rockwell Tools. Brad Sweet qualified the truck while Kahne was in Texas. When Kahne made it to Rockingham, he had to start from the back in 36th. He won the race. Earnhardt Ganassi Racing development driver Kyle Larson drove the No. 4 at Kentucky and Atlanta, Short track driver Augie Grill made his series debut at Iowa, and former ThorSport Racing driver Dakoda Armstrong drove the truck at Kentucky. K&N Pro Series East Champion Larson returned in the final two races of the season, finishing 2nd at Phoenix and running strong at Homestead before crashing while battling for position with Ty Dillon.
Jeb Burton, son of former Cup driver Ward Burton drove the truck full-time in 2013 for Rookie of the Year with sponsor Arrowhead Cigarettes. In April 2013, Burton won his first Truck Series pole at Martinsville Speedway, and on June 7, 2013, Burton won the WinStar World Casino 400K at Texas Motor Speedway, his first career NASCAR series win. Burton would continue to impress throughout the season, winning seven poles and finishing 5th in points. While Burton was set to continue into 2014, sponsor Arrowhead defaulted on its payment 6 weeks before Daytona, forcing the team to shut down and release Burton.
Truck No. 30 History
Following the departure of Ricky Carmichael, the No. 4 team transitioned to the No. 30 and Nelson Piquet, Jr. and crew chief Chris Carrier were brought over from KHI to drive the No. 30 truck in 2012 with sponsorship from Qualcomm and Autotrac. Piquet, Jr. scored two wins at Michigan and Las Vegas, finishing seventh in points. Ryan Truex signed to drive the 30 truck at Daytona with sponsorship from Bass Pro Shops. Truex would finish 29 after getting involved in a late wreck. Piquet returned to the truck at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 19th. Kyle Larson drove the truck to victory in dominating fashion at Rockingham Speedway. Cale Gale made his first start of the season in the truck at Kentucky in June. Gale would finish 13th. Larson returned to the team for the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, finishing 2nd to Austin Dillon. The team's next start was Pocono with Todd Bodine, who would finish 11th. Ben Kennedy would drive the No. 30 truck at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing 16th. Kennedy's next start was Martinsville where he would finish a surprising 4th. The team returned with Kennedy to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final race of the season. Kennedy would fall out with a blown engine. In 2014, the truck was driven by Ron Hornaday at Daytona, finishing 5th after starting 2nd. Though unsponsored, Hornaday was running third in points following Bristol when TSM announced that it would not run Hornaday and the 30 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. On September 2, TSM further announced the shutdown of the No. 30 team.
Truck No. 31 History
Turner Motorsports began racing in mid-2009 with its No. 31 entry driven by Scott Wimmer. In November of the same year, Ricky Carmichael decided to race with Turner Motorsports in 2010, and was able to run the No. 31 for the last few races of the season.
In 2010, with Ricky Carmichael moving over to the No. 4 entry, the team initially planned to run a limited schedule with driver James Buescher, who was running full-time in the Nationwide Series for Phoenix Racing. However, after funding ran out for his Nationwide Series ride, James Buescher was able to move over and finish out the remainder of the season in the Camping World Truck Series with the No. 31. The team found quite a bit of success, being in contention to win races on some occasions. Despite missing the first four races of the season, James Buescher and the No. 31 team managed to finish just outside of the top 10 in the driver points while the truck finished 15th in owner points with six top fives and 10 top 10s and two 2nd-place finishes.
Turner Scott Motorsports fielded the No. 31 for James Buescher once again during the 2011 season. Wolfpack Rentals continued to be the primary sponsor of the entry and was joined this season by new sponsor Exide, which left Randy Moss Motorsports at the conclusion of 2010 in favor of sponsoring the No. 31 for a partial schedule. Space Coast Center, Dollar General, RACERSITES and Bad Boy Mowers also sponsored the truck for one race each.
After failing to qualify for the second race of the season, James Buescher and the No. 31 made a huge comeback. The team finished a majority of the races in the top 10 and led the points late in the season before bad luck cost them the title. Buescher finished third in driver Points with three poles, 10 top fives, 19 top 10s and a best finish of second. Returning in 2012, Buescher improved dramatically, proving to be a dominant force on the 1.5-mile tracks, taking four wins, 10 top fives, and 14 top 10s to take home the Truck Series championship that year. Buescher returned for 2013 this time backed by Rheem.
In 2014, Buescher was replaced by Ben Kennedy.
Truck No. 32 history
The No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado is Turner Scott Motorsports' third Camping World Truck Series entry started in 2011. Driving duties were split between USAC driver Brad Sweet, who ran the first eight races of the year. Mark Martin drove at Michigan and Pocono with Exide Batteries, Steve Arpin ran at Texas, Iowa, Kentucky, LOR, and Chicago. Blake Feese would round out the season The team finished 19th in owner points with one top five, four top 10s. Feese had the team's best finish of fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Miguel Paludo was signed for 2012 with sponsorship from Duroline Brakes and Components. Paludo started the season strong by dominating the season-opening Daytona race from the pole before being taken out in a crash. Paludo earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes with a best finish would be fifth at Homestead.
In 2014, Ryan Truex drove the No. 32 truck, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, at the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (He drove the #30 with BPS the prior year). Truex would finish 4th. 17-year old Ben Rhodes is set to drive five races in the No. 32 with Alpha Energy Solutions. In his first race at Martinsville, he drove the truck to a strong 8th place finish. Tayler Malsam signed on in May to compete in 12 truck races with sponsor Outerwall Inc starting at Kansas Speedway. Kyle Larson piloted the Glad Bags Silverado at Eldora. After racing hard with Darrell Wallace, Jr., he crashed running second with 2 laps to go, while Wallace went on to win.
|2014 driver rotation|
|Tayler Malsam||12||Outerwall Inc.|
|Ben Rhodes||5||Alpha Energy Solutions|
|Ryan Truex||1||Bass Pro Shops|
Truck No. 33 History
The team's first start was at Bristol in August with Brandon Jones behind the wheel, finishing 27th. Jones would drive the truck at Iowa and Martinsville in September, finishing 20th and 19th. The No. 33 team's last two starts were at Phoenix and Homestead with Cale Gale, who would finish 6th and 10th respectively. The team will attempt seven races with Jones in 2014.
Truck No. 34 History
On August 15, 2011, it was announced that Turner Scott Motorsports would be fielding a fourth truck for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman in early September at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The truck was sponsored by Brandt and Realtree and honored the life of Beau Slocumb, an ARCA racer who was a close friend to Ryan Newman, as well as a friend and employee of Turner Scott Motorsports. The truck was No. 08, as this was the number that Slocumb raced throughout his career. Newman finished fifth at Atlanta and donated the race winnings to Slocumb's widow to pay for their medical expenses.
In 2013, the truck was renumbered #34, and Ryan Newman drove the truck at Eldora Speedway in the Mudsummer Classic. Newman would finish 3rd. The team returned at Homestead with Ron Hornaday, Jr., who just recently parted ways with NTS Motorsports. Hornaday would finish 5th.
On many occasions TSM has run drivers in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series for developmental reasons. These cases include current drivers Kyle Larson and Dylan Kwasniewski. The latter of the two drove for TSM in the K&N Pro Series East before signing with Ganassi as a development driver.
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