GREENVILLE, S.C. – Following the postponement at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on March 23 due to rain, a number of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams took advantage of the bonus time to go the extra mile in preparation for the rescheduled Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean on April 6.
Two of the three drivers that Turner Scott Motorsports has entered for the second race of the 2013 season are true rookies at GPS: Austin Dyne and Kenzie Ruston. The third – Dylan Kwasniewski – has just one race under his belt at the historic half mile.
The director of competition for TSM’s K&N Pro Series East program, Mike Greci, said an extra week gave the team another shot to get some experience. They took Dyne and Ruston back to test on March 27.
“This was the second time we tested at Greenville in the last couple of weeks,” Greci said. “The main purpose of this test was to get Austin some laps at Greenville and try some things we learned from the first test. Kenzie also wanted to go back and get some more seat time at the short track.
“Overall, I feel like it was a beneficial test for TSM, where we were able to build on new things from the first test, and I think we’ll be ready to go for the race.”
Dyne, who came to the East Coast to race this season following a 2012 campaign in which he earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, said that the extra practice time at GPS will have him ahead of the game compared to his first K&N Pro Series East experience in the opener at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.