Turner Scott Motorsports Credited With Two Top-10 Finishes in NKNPSE at Dover International Speedway
DOVER, Del. (September 29, 2013) – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) rebounded nicely from last week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with three cars bringing home top-15 finishes at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) rookies Brandon Jones and Austin Dyne were both credited with their best finishes of the season, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.
With just two events remaining on the NKNPSE schedule, TSM brought their full stable of cars with Dylan Kwasniewski, Brandon Jones, Austin Dyne, Kenzie Ruston and Ben Rhodes wheeling machines at the “Monster Mile.” After being tight off the corner for much of the 150-lap race, rookie Jones received some coaching from crew chief Cale Gale to be patient for the entire race. That advice paid off when Jones restarted in the 12th spot with just three laps to go. Jones was able to drive his way through a cluster of cars that bobbled on the restart, bringing the Rheem Chevrolet home in the seventh spot. This was Jones’ highest finish in his seven career NKNPSE starts.
Teammate Dyne also had a career-best day, recording his highest finish in the NKNPSE. Dyne started the Drive Sober 150 in the 29th spot after a disappointing qualifying effort. After falling a lap down multiple times during the race, Dyne kept his KMC Wheels Chevy in position throughout the day to receive the “free pass,” which kept allowing him to return to the lead lap. With just 20 laps to go, Dyne started to creep towards the front of the field and cracked the top 10 on the final restart, bringing home his KMC Wheels Chevy in the ninth spot.
Ruston came into Dover looking to rebound after a hard wreck at New Hampshire the week prior, but had issues during her qualifying lap, putting her.in the 27th position for the start of the event. Ruston was quiet on the radio during the early portion of the event, but on lap 37, Ruston suffered a flat tire, forcing her down pit road for fresh Goodyears. Ruston once again was forced to rebound from another cut tire later in the event, but she battled back for a 13th-place finish.
Being the class of the field for much of the 150-lap race, Ben Rhodes and No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions team looked like he was going to bring home his first victory in his NKNPSE career, turning the fastest lap times of the race. While running third with just over 21 laps to go, Rhode’s suffered a cut tire on his Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy, which sent him into the outside retaining wall and put an end to the promising run . Rhodes was credited with a 26th-place finish, 21 laps down.
NKNPSE Driver Point Standings leader Kwasniewski once again suffered multiple misfortunes on Friday afternoon in the Drive Sober 150, beginning when a cut tire forced Kwasniewski to visit pit road. It was on lap 37 that Kwasniewski’s motor suddenly shut off. Kwasniewski again came down pit road to the attention of his Turner Scott Motorsports crew to diagnose the issue. After a thorough look over, the TSM found a cracked distributor, which forced the Rockstar Energy Drink/Royal Purple Chevy to the garage. Kwasniewski was able to limp around the 1.0-mile speedway to a 29th-place finish. Kwasniewski heads to Road America with a five-point lead over second place.
The NKNPSE will head to Road America on October 18th for the series finale. This will be series’ second road-course race this season.
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.