LOUDON, N.H. (September 21, 2013) – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) returns from New Hampshire Motor Speedway a little beaten and battered. Despite TSM’s three full-time drivers having some bad luck in Loudon, the team did have a couple bright spots as the team’s two part-time drivers, Ben Rhodes and Brandon Jones, both brought home solid finishes with a fourth place and 12th place, respectively.
Just a quarter of the way into the 100-lap race, Austin Dyne suffered some misfortune when the engine of his No. 99 KMC Wheels Chevrolet expired, ending Dyne’s day with a disappointing 29th-place finish. Just a few laps later, on lap 34, Dylan Kwasniewski was challenging for the lead when his Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet got sucked around and several competitors made contact with his car, leading to significant damage and forcing the points leader to retire from the event. Kwasniewski suffered his worst finish of the year with a 24th-place finish but still maintains the points lead with two events remaining on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.
Starting the event in the 21st position, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kenzie Ruston was running strong and looking to contend for her first victory of the season. After a rash of yellow flags, Ruston was looking to move inside the top 10 when after driving her AccuDoc Solutions car underneath a slew of cars, one came into contact with the No. 34 sending Ruston spinning into the retaining wall. Ruston joined her disappointed teammates in the garage and was relegated to a 20th-place finish.
Despite misfortune for Dyne, Kwasniewski and Ruston, TSM did have a solid day with their two part-time drivers, Rhodes and Jones. With both starting mid-pack, Rhodes received some damage to his No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy, which forced the rookie to make multiple trips down pit road to repair the damage. After the car was fixed up, Rhodes marched towards the front picking off positions one-by-one. Rhodes scored his second top-five finish of the season and his fifth top-10 out of just six races.
Much like his teammate Rhodes, Brandon Jones made his first start on the 1.0-mile flat oval in the 18th position. Taking his time throughout the race and getting to the halfway break to make adjustments, Jones was able to work his way up to contend for a top-10 finish, coming up just shy with a well-earned 12th-place finish.
The North American Power 100 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway will air on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, October 4.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to action again this week for their second-to-last race of the 2013 season. TSM will have five cars competing for the win at Dover International Speedway in the Drive Sober 150 on Friday, September 27.
Turner Scott Motorsports was established in 1999 by Texas businessman Steve Turner, who was joined by partner Harry Scott Jr. as co-owner in 2013. This season will mark the fourth season of full-time NASCAR competition for the organization, which expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. The team earned its first championship when James Buescher captured the NCWTS title in 2012. Turner Scott Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports, which provides engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. For more information on Turner Scott Motorsports, visit www.turnerscottmotorsports.com.