NEWTON, Iowa – Dylan Kwasniewski is methodically checking off one accomplishment after another in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series career. Next on that list is a checkered flag at Iowa Speedway.
Last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, and this season’s points leader more than half the way through the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, has twice received credit for wins at Iowa. But both instances have left him without a chance to celebrate in Victory Lane.
In the East-West combination races at Iowa – eight of which have been contested since 2007 – the highest finisher from each series is credited with a win and first place points, but only the driver that’s first to the finish line gets the trophy.
Kwasniewski, from Las Vegas, was the highest finishing K&N West driver in the May 2012 event (eighth overall) to garner one of his three wins en route to the West championship. Then in the current season’s first trip to Newton on June 7 – now as an East representative – he finished second overall behind West driver Michael Self.
“Second place was good last time, and a good points day, but we’re definitely going out there to try to win this time,” Kwasniewski said.
As the K&N Pro Series returns to the .875-mile oval for this week’s Pork Be Inspired 150, Kwasniewski will vie for that trip to Iowa’s Pizza Ranch Victory Lane, and another check mark on the growing list of triumphs.
“I’m excited,” Kwasniewski says of the opportunity before him at Iowa. “It’s a great track and I think our cars will be really good this time. I’m very confident in our cars and our team with Turner Scott Motorsports.
“We’re definitely going out there to try and gun for that win this time.”