Full Stable...For the first time since Bristol Motor Speedway, Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) will have all five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) entries in competition at Richmond International Raceway (RIR). TSM will have all five entries again at Iowa Speedway on June 7th.
Quick Start...TSM is off to a fast start this season, with Kwasniewski winning the season-opener at Bristol and Ruston scoring back-to-back top-five finishes in the last two NKNPSE races. Kwasniewski and Ruston currently sit inside the top five in the point standings, in second and fourth, respectively.
Now Appearing...TSM drivers Austin Dyne, Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Dylan Kwasniewski and Kenzie Ruston will be at the NKNPSE autograph session on Thursday afternoon in the fan midway at 3:00 pm EDT. Stop by to say hello and get an autograph from the stars of tomorrow.
Austin Dyne...Two weeks ago, Dyne traveled to the half-mile oval at Five Flags for his first ever visit to the Speedway. After suffering a broke radio antenna early in the race, Dyne had to rely on his skills to get through the 150 laps. Dyne will cut his teeth at another new track this week as he makes his first visit to the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway on Thursday.
"After a weekend off, I am glad to be getting back to the track with my Turner Scott Motorsports team. I have never raced at Richmond, but I have heard it is a really fun track, so I am looking forward to hitting in the track in our No. 99 KMC Wheels Chevrolet."
Ben Rhodes...Only running a partial season in the NKNPSE, Rhodes will make his second start of the season this week at Richmond International Raceway. Rhodes is the lone driver in the TSM stable that has previously turned laps around the .75-mile oval. Although this weekend is only Rhode's second start in the NKNPSE, he has been staying busy racing in the UARA series, where in Rockingham he finished in the runner up spot. After competing in the Blue Ox 100, Rhodes will jump in a late model to run in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.
"The Turner Scott Motorsports team has been working hard since Bristol to get our primary car fixed and ready for Richmond," said Rhodes. "I really wish we had that car for the Bristol race because we think we could have been up front at the end. But, things happen and that was then. We are focused on being up front at Richmond."
Brandon Jones...Jones will make his second of seven starts of the NKNPSE season this week at the short track. The last time out for Jones resulted in a disppointing finish when he got tangled up in a accident just past the half-way mark in Bristol. Jones will make his first start at Richmond this week. In addition to his NKNPSE races, Jones will also run full time in the UARA series for Turner Scott Motorsports.
"I'm really excited for my return to the K&N series this weekend. Our team has been having some success in the late model ranks that I feel like we can translate to over to the K&N series. We had a great run at Rockingham a couple weeks ago, and I feel like I learned a lot that I can use what I learned from running there and translate it over to Richmond."
Dylan Kwasniewski...Dylan Kwasniewski headed into Five Flags Speedway with never turning any laps at the track until the open test session on the day before the race. After a less than stellar qualifying effort, Kwasniewski made a charge to the front of the field and captured his second top 10 of the 2013 season.
"Like most of my teammates, I've never raced at Richmond. However, I feel confident that my Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink team and I will be able to quickly learn the track and be a contender in Thursday night's race."
Kenzie Ruston...After a stellar start to her rookie season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series ranks, Ruston went to a track that she was familiar with, Five Flags Speedway. With a great qualifying effort, Ruston saved her tires until late in the race and made a run to the front of the pack. In the process, Ruston was able to pick up her second top-five finish of the early 2013 season. Ruston will head into Richmond this weekend and will turn her first laps around the .75-mile oval.
"I'm really looking forward to Richmond this coming weekend. I've seen it on TV, and I'm looking forward to being able to drive it. Our team has been on a roll, and I feel like we are really close to getting our first win of the season. I have a lot of confidence in our AccuDoc Solutions team."