Richmond Recap…Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) went into Richmond with their full stable of cars looking to continue their consistent rookie season. Unfortunately the promising night hit some bad luck, as an engine issue sidelined rookie Brandon Jones early in the Blue Ox 100 and a cracked oil pan forced part-time entry Ben Rhodes to the garage before the end of the 100-lap event. Austin Dyne had a stellar run coming through the field after starting in the 30th spot to finish in the 12th position. Dylan Kwasniewski received damage early in the race but rebounded for a 13th-place finish. Kenzie Ruston was making her way through the field and was running near the top five when she was collected in a large pile up in turn one. Damage sent Ruston into the pits as the race wound down, relinquishing her to a 19th-place finish.
Short Track Racing…A track that is known as the “Mad House” is next on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) schedule. All of TSM’s drivers will be making their first start at the flat .25-mile oval this coming weekend; however, TSM did take advantage of a test session just a few weeks ago, which gave the drivers some valuable seat time on the Bowman Gray Stadium track.
Big Milestones…Dylan Kwasniewski will be celebrating his 18th birthday on Friday, May 31. The following week, while Dylan’s classmates are walking across the stage for their high school graduation, Dylan will receive his diploma while competing in the NKNPSE race at Iowa Speedway.
Austin Dyne…Coming off a great run at Richmond International Raceway last month, Dyne is looking forward to carrying the momentum with him into this weekend’s race at Bowman Gray Stadium. Along with his teammates, Dyne took advantage of the recent test session that allowed for some very valuable seat time around the tight .25-mile track.
“I’ve heard some great things about Bowman Gray. Having tested a couple weeks ago definitely prepared our Turner Scott Motorsports team, and we’ll come back with a good baseline setup. I hope we can stay out of the trouble and bring home another solid run for our KMC Wheels team.”
Dylan Kwasniewski…Last time out at Richmond, Kwasniewski suffered minor damage to his Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet early in the race. Kwasniewski battled back from deep in the pack to bring home a top-15 finish in his No. 98 machine. Much like his teammates, Kwasniewski will also make his first start at the “Mad House” this coming weekend.
“Bowman Gray is a very physical and right track. I have to constantly be on my toes and I need to be aggressive to get out front and out of trouble. The track has a ton of character to it, plus the intensity of the fans and the aggressive racing makes for a great show. I’m excited to race there and I’m confident we will be in contention for the win.”
Kenzie Ruston…Despite looking like one of the cars to beat at Richmond, Ruston got caught up in the carnage on a late-race restart. Being forced to come to pit road to repair the damage, Ruston had to settle for a 19th-place finish. Ruston will head to Bowman Gray Stadium this coming weekend to make her first start at the .25-mile flat oval.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at the ‘Mad House.’ After testing there a couple weeks ago, I can see why it’s got that nickname. I think I’ll have to be a little more aggressive than normal. I’m very confident in my AccuDoc Solutions team after our test session here, and I think we will be able to escape with a solid finish, possibly a victory.“
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