COLUMBUS, Ohio – Whatever questions there may have been about whether Dylan Kwasniewski would be able to maintain his high level of success in transitioning from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West across country to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, they’ve long been answered.
The 2012 titlist in the K&N Pro Series West, Kwasniewski decided to trade coasts and compete in the K&N Pro Series East this season rather than defend his crown. With the 2013 schedule at the midpoint, the Las Vegas native has now positioned himself for an opportunity to make history.
With his third victory of the season last time out at Langley Speedway on June 22, Kwasniewski and the No. 98 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet team took over the K&N Pro Series East points lead after seven of 15 events. Should he be able to maintain the advantage, the 18-year-old would become the first driver in history to earn the championship in both the K&N East and K&N West.
The first test for the new points leader will come this week at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway as the K&N Pro Series East returns to the track for the NAPA 150 following three idle weeks. This will be Kwasniewski’s first appearance at the .333-mile oval, but he’s had plenty of success at similar short tracks through his first two-and-a-half seasons K&N Pro Series action. Five of his eight combined East and West wins have been earned at tracks ranging from .25 to .4 miles in length.
The NASCAR Next standout Kwasniewski and his No. 98 Turner Scott Motorsports team have caught fire of late as well. After winning the season-opener at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Kwasniewski finished outside the top 10 in two of the next three events, but has since posted finishes of second, first and first to vault to the top of the standings.