NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Previews: Chicagoland Speedway



Dylan Kwasniewski
No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet
Chicagoland Speedway 300

Primetime StandaloneThe NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make its first of two trips of the 2014 season to Joliet, Ill. and Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the 300. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series having the weekend off, the NNS will be in the spotlight on Saturday night as Dylan Kwasniewski makes his first-career NNS start at Chicagoland Speedway.

This Week's CamaroThis weekend, crew chief Pat Tryson and the No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink team will unload chassis TSM-408. TSM-408 was previously used by Kwasniewski at Phoenix International Raceway in March, where he came home 13th in a rain-shortened race.

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Previous Race Recap…Making his first-career NNS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, Kwasniewski and his No. 31 Rockstar Energy  team looked to perfect the handling of their Chevy Camaro at the 1.058-mile oval for the 200-lap race. During the two-day show, the NNS had two practice sessions on Friday afternoon where Kwasniewski and his TSM team laid down the 12th and sixth-fastest lap times, respectively. After starting 10th, Kwasniewski got caught up in a mid-race accident causing front and rear-end damage to his Chevy. Kwasniewski continued to battle, ultimately coming home 13th.

DASH 4 CASHThis weekend’s race at Chicagoland Speedway will serve as the second chance to qualify for the Dash 4 Cash race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26th. The top-four finishers in the 300 running for NNS championship driver points are eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus in Indy.

Watch and Listen...The 300 can be seen live in primetime on Saturday, July 19 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Let’s Get Social…Be sure to follow the No. 31 team (@PR31TSM) on Twitter for the latest news, race updates and behind-the-scenes access to Kwasniewski and his Rockstar Energy Drink team.

Dylan Kwasniewski on racing at Chicagoland Speedway: "This weekend will be the first time I’ve raced at Chicagoland Speedway and I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve had some success this year with our mile-and-a half program, so hopefully we can use that to our advantage. I’m hoping we can put together a good run and come home with a great finish.”


Kyle Larson
No. 42 Cartwheel Chevrolet
Chicagoland Speedway 300

Sights Set on Chicago...It may be an off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but Kyle Larson and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) head to the Windy City for a night of racing at Chicagoland Speedway. In last year’s visit to the 1.5-mile track, Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team led four laps before settling for a 12th-place finish. This time around, the No. 42 Cartwheel by Target Chevy team hopes to dominate the 200-lap race and land in victory lane when all is said and done.

This Week's Camaro...The No. 42 TSM team will unload a winning chassis this weekend in Chicago. TSM-413 helped Larson claim his first-career NNS victory at Auto Club Speedway earlier this season, along with two top-10 finishes at Darlington Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. The No. 42 Chevy will also carry the Goodyear in-car camera around the D-shaped oval this weekend.

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Previous Race Recap...In his second-career NNS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Larson and his TSM team continued to be a powerhouse duo among the field, leading 11 laps on the way to claiming a fourth-place finish at the Magic Mile. Larson's speed was undeniable during both practice sessions, which allowed him to claim a fourth-place starting position. Throughout the race, Larson remained within the top five and consistently ran some of the fastest laps on the track. A tight-handling racecar, however, left Larson lacking the momentum he needed to charge to the front, and the TSM team settled for a fourth-place finish.

Watch and Listen...Tune in as the NNS heads to Chicagoland Speedway for an exciting night of racing under the lights in the Windy City. The 300 can be seen live on Saturday, July 19 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2, and can also be heard on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Follow Along...Be sure to follow the No. 42 team (@PR42TSM) on Twitter for the latest news, race updates and behind-the-scenes access to Larson and his TSM team.

Kyle Larson on Racing at Chicagoland Speedway: “I’m definitely excited about racing at Chicago again. My Turner Scott Motorsports team and I have had good runs at mile-and-a-half tracks so far this year and we’ve got a great car to contend for the win this weekend. We’ve come so close the past few weekends. I’m looking forward to focusing all my energy on this race and hopefully getting these guys another win. We all want it and they deserve it.”

NNS results at Chicagoland:
Starts: 2
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 0
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 30.5
Average Finish: 22.0