Shifting Into Another Gear

Dylan Kwasniewski heading to North Carolina to compete on K&N Series East circuit

The career of racing phenom Dylan Kwasniewski just keeps accelerating. The Las Vegan, who turned 18 years old on May 31 and graduated this month from Faith Lutheran High School, is moving in July to North Carolina, where he will continue his development as one of NASCAR’s rising stars.

After becoming the youngest driver ever to win the season title in NASCAR’S K&N Pro Series West last year, Kwasniewski is now competing in the K&N Series East, where he is leading the season standings through seven races after gaining his third win of the year June 22 in Hampton, Virginia. And earlier this month, he was named for the third straight year as part of the NASCAR Next roster, which identifies the sport’s top young talent.

With the move to North Carolina, Kwasniewski will be near his Turner Scott Motorsports racing team headquarters, and now that he is 18, he is eligible to compete in NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck series events.

“We’ve definitely been talking about it, but nothing is finalized yet,” he says. “Obviously, our main focus now is to get that [K&N East] championship.”

Kwasniewski, who missed his high school graduation in order to drive in a K&N East race in Iowa, is hopeful he will compete in some Nationwide or Truck series events before the end of the year.

“Now that I’m not in school, my options are a lot more wide open,” he says. “Whatever they throw at me, if I can get some time in a Nationwide car or a Truck, then I’m going to take it. I want to show these guys that I can compete with them for the win. I believe that I’m ready.”


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