NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Preview: Kentucky Speedway

 

Chase Pistone
No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro
Kentucky Speedway
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One Last Shot...Chase Pistone will make his third and final start for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) this weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Kentucky Speedway for a night of action-packed racing in the Bluegrass State. Although this will be Pistone's first time behind the wheel of a NNS car at the 1.5-mile track, he scored a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race earlier this year.

Final Switch...With Kyle Larson fulfilling his Sprint Cup Series duties in New Hampshire, this will be the fourth and final time that TSM driver Dylan Kwasniewski pilots the No. 42 Chevy. Kwasniewski will return to the No. 31 TSM car for the remainder of the NNS season next weekend in Dover.

About Chase Pistone...Racing runs deep in Pistone's blood. As a fabricator of Legends Cars and Super Late Models, the North Carolina native helps develop and field several drivers out of his local race shop, Chase Pistone, Inc. Pistone is also competing in a partial schedule in the NCWTS.

Previous Race Recap...Pistone suffered handling issues in his second-career NNS start with TSM at Iowa Speedway last month. The No. 31 TSM team got started on a high note, as they laid down the fastest lap time in the weekend's first practice session and followed up by advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying, ultimately earning a 12th-place starting position for the event. Crew chief Shannon Rursch made a solid round of adjustments during the first pit stop and Pistone remained in the top 15. Under the second caution, Pistone remained on the track and moved into the second position; but staying out on older tires would prove to be a challenge, as he spun his tires on the restart and received slight damage from another competitor. After a thorough inspection of the No. 31 car, Pistone took advantage of the wave around to get back onto the lead lap. Maintaining his position throughout the final three-lap shootout, Pistone settled for an 18th-place finish as the checkered flag waved.

Watch and Listen...Don't miss the action as the NNS makes its final run at Kentucky Speedway this season. The Visit MyrtleBeach.com 300 can be seen live on Saturday, September 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPNews and can be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Chase Pistone on his Final Race with TSM: "I'm really looking forward to this weekend's race at Kentucky Speedway. I competed there in the Truck Series race earlier this year and really liked the track. This Turner Scott Motorsports team has a solid mile-and-a-half program, and I'm excited to work with Shannon Rursch and the No. 31 guys again. This opportunity has been a great learning experience for me and I'm very grateful for the chance to work with such a talented organization. I hope I can get these guys a great finish and end this three-race-deal on a positive note."

NNS Results at Kentucky Speedway:

- Chase Pistone will make his NNS debut at Kentucky Speedway this weekend -


Dylan Kwasniewski
No. 42 up & up by Target Chevrolet
Kentucky Speedway
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Back to the Bluegrass State...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make its second and final trip of the 2014 season to Sparta, Kentucky and Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night for the Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300. Dylan Kwasniewski and his up & upby Target team will look to build on their 11th-place finish when the NNS last visited the 1.5-mile track in June.

Great Quality at Low Prices...The up & up brand offers Target guests more than 1,200 everyday essential products from across the store, spanning more than 70 categories that include household, healthcare, beauty, personal care, baby, and school and office supplies. The up & up brand offers guests national brand quality or better, but at a lower price, offering an average savings of 10 to 30 percent.

Previous Race Recap...The NNS made its second stop of the 2014 season at Chicagoland Speedway for the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 last weekend. Kwasniewski and the No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet team looked to build upon his first-career start at the 1.5-mile speedway earlier this season. Kwasniewski posted the third-quickest lap in what would be the only practice session held on Friday, with rain washing out the second scheduled practice. The strong practice set the No. 31 team up for a great qualifying session, allowing Kwasniewski to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, where he laid down the 12th-fastest lap. When the race began, Kwasniewski fought the handling of his racecar throughout the afternoon but was ultimately able to recover in the race's final 30 laps, resulting in a 17th-place finish.

Watch and Listen...The Visit MyrtleBeach.com 300 can be seen live on Saturday, September 20 on ESPNews. Race coverage will begin with the drop of the green flag at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Follow Along...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 TSM team.

Dylan Kwasniewski on his return to Kentucky Speedway"I'm looking forward to getting back on track at Kentucky Speedway. Scott [Zipadelli] and the guys have worked hard to get this up & up Chevy ready for the weekend. We had solid run back in June when we were last there, so hopefully we can capitalize on that. It's an honor to represent the up & up and Target brand. Hopefully we can have a complete race and get them the finish they deserve."

NNS Results at Kentucky Speedway:

Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 0
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 17.0
Average Finish: 11.0