K&N Series sensation Dylan Kwasniewski will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time for the 2014 season and challenging for Rookie of the Year. Turner Scott Motorsports has taken on the 18-year-old driver in hopes that he can produce similar stats from the K&N Pro Series.
Kwasniewski has been an absolute stud in the K&N Series both West and East. Having a championship in both series, there is little left for the young driver to accomplish. In 2012, he competed in the West Series, racking up 15 top-10s, 12 being top-5s, three wins along with five poles. After earning his first championship, Kwasniewski moved to the East Series in 2013 to try and repeat the same success.
While not being able to dominate to the same extent as he did in the West, Kwasniewski still saw a very successful stat line for his 2013 campaign. He was able to tally 10 Top-10s, eight top-5s and six wins in 14 races with a championship title.
He will be taking over the no. 31 Chevrolet, previously driven by Justin Allgaier (who has been promoted to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series). Rockstar Energy Drink, Kwasniewski’s sponsor from the K&N Series, will be the primary sponsor. With a team that recorded a fifth-place finish in the standings, Kwasniewski will be expected to have a solid season considering the quality equipment being provided by Hendrick Motors and TSM.
In his three seasons competing at the K&N level, Kwasniewski was able to make it to victory lane 11 times, meaning he is no stranger to victory. He is also comfortable in the spotlight as he had a docu-series made of him where a crew filmed his daily life. This experience allows him to not get caught up as a victim of too much media attention. His first season in the Nationwide Series will be bumpy at times, but his talent and equipment give him a lot of upside.
For the most part as a rookie, it is important to maintain composure and not drive too aggressively as other drivers may target you later on, and you’ll form poor on-track relationships. This is not quite as important at the Nationwide level as most of the drivers are relatively young and inexperienced as opposed to the Sprint Cup Series, thus Kwasniewski’s competitive and aggressive racing style will allow him to have success.
Being one of the top NASCAR Next prospects, his talent is recognized and the stakes are high for the young driver. With a lot of quality talent competing for Rookie of the Year and for the championship title, Kwasniewski is going to have his hands full in his first full-time ride in Nationwide Series.