Turner Scott Motorsports announced on Monday that Dylan Kwasniewski will drive the No. 31 Chevrolet entry for the team full-time in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition in 2014 and compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the series. He'll bring his longtime sponsor Rockstar Energy , his sponsor since 2009, with him to TSM's Nationwide program. He'll replace Justin Allgaier in the No. 31, as Allgaier makes the move to full-time Sprint Cup Series competition.
Kwasniewski was the 2013 K&N Pro Series East champion. The previous season, he claimed the K&N Pro Series West title, making him the first driver to win championships in both series. In 14 races last year, Kwasniewski claimed six wins, eight top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes, driving a K&N Pro Series East entry for Turner Scott.
"Dylan is a great kid and has unbelievable talent," Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said. "(Co-owner) Steve (Turner) 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."
Pat Tryson will be Kwasniewski's crew chief. Tryson has a total of 10 wins, 66 top-fives and 141 top-10 finishes in 527 races across NASCAR's three national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck).
"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. "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 Pat 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 forwward to taking it all on, learning from the other competitors and, hopefully, winning some races."