Kwasniewski to drive TSM's No. 42 car in standalone Nationwide races
Dylan Kwasniewski will pilot the car usually driven by Kyle Larson in all standalone NASCAR Nationwide races this year.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 12, 2014) - Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) announced today that the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson would undergo a driver change at the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) standalone races this season, placing Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel of the No. 42 up & up™ by Target car at five events. Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Chase Pistone will replace Kwasniewski at Iowa Speedway in the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro.
Kwasniewski currently drives the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet for TSM in the NNS and was recently announced as a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates development driver. The 18-year-old is no stranger to Iowa Speedway and has claimed two wins, three top-fives and five top-10s at the Midwest track on his way to being a back-to-back champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, both East and West.
"I'm really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the No. 42 car this week in Iowa and for the remaining four standalone races on the Nationwide Series schedule," said Kwasniewski. "I'm confident in all the guys at Turner Scott Motorsports, so it'll be a great learning experience. I've learned a lot from Larson this year and I hope that I can make Turner Scott Motorsports, as well as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Target's up & up brand proud."
Pistone is also no stranger to racing. As a racecar builder of Legends Cars and Super Late Models, Pistone helps develop and field several drivers out of his North Carolina shop, Chase Pistone, Inc. The grandson of "Tiger" Tom Pistone, the 30-year-old driver has one previous NNS start and has competed in both the Pro Cup and ARCA Racing Series, where he claimed a top-10 finish in his ARCA debut at Iowa Speedway.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity," said Pistone. "Turner Scott Motorsports has some of the best equipment out there and I'm looking forward to working with the No. 31 crew this weekend. I've competed at Iowa Speedway before and we had a good finish during my first run there. I think it will be great to work with a veteran NASCAR crew chief like Pat Tyson and I'm anxious to get out there and learn."
Although the No. 31 and the No. 42 cars will undergo a driver change at these select events, the TSM crews will remain the same for each car, with Kwasniewski under the direction of crew chief Scott Zipadelli, and Pistone under the direction of Pat Tryson at Iowa Speedway.
"Turner Scott Motorsports is dedicated to bringing new talent into the series in which we compete," said TSM co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. "Dylan Kwasniewski is a great example of this and we're excited to have him in the No. 42 car while Kyle Larson fulfills his Sprint Cup Series obligations. With Dylan being a Chip Gannassi Racing development driver, it will be a great learning experience for him and an overall win-win situation for both organizations. Chase Pistone is yet another young driver that we're proud to have represent our organization. Chase had an impressive run in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville and we're excited to see his performance in Iowa."
Be sure to tune in on Sunday, May 18 as Kwasniewski and Pistone take on Iowa Speedway for the Get to Know Newton 250. Live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
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