NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Preview: Charlotte Motor Speedway



Dylan Kwasniewski
No. 31 F.O.E. Chevrolet
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Drive for the Cure 300

Home Sweet HomeTurner Scott Motorsports (TSM) returns to its home base as the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to   Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night for the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by BCBS. Dylan Kwasniewski will make his second-career NNS start at the 1.5-mile track this weekend, having finished 13th in his debut at the Concord, N.C. track in May.

About F.O.E…The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Founded in 1898, the Eagles fund research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer, and raise money for neglected and abused children and the aged, as well as work for social and civic change.

Previous Recap…The NNS made its first and only stop of the 2014 season at Kansas Speedway last weekend for the Kansas Lottery 300. With new sponsors Valvoline and Estes on board for Saturday afternoon’s race, Kwasniewski and his No. 31 team looked for a solid finish in the young rookie’s first NNS start at the mile-and-a-half oval. After finishing 18th on the practice charts, Kwasniewski returned on Saturday morning and qualified 15th in NASCAR’s knockout qualifying session. After fighting a loose racecar and surviving multiple cautions throughout the race, Kwasniewski narrowly missed a top-10 finish, crossing the finish line in the 11th position.

Watch and Listen...The Drive for the Cure 300 can be seen live on Friday, October 10 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Follow AlongBe 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 Racing at Charlotte: "I’m really looking forward to making another start at Charlotte under the lights on Friday. It’s always great when you can race at home; it seems to make things a little easier. We qualified really well at Charlotte back in May and came home with a solid finish, so hopefully we can capitalize a little on that. I feel like we have a really solid mile-and-a-half package at TSM and Shannon [Rursch] and the guys have worked hard all week at the shop to build me another solid piece.  Hopefully we can come home with a great finish in front of the hometown crowd.”

NNS Results at Charlotte:
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 0
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 4.0
Average Finish: 13.0


Kyle Larson
No. 42 Nature Made Chevrolet
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Drive for the Cure 300

Familiar Victory Lane…Returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) as the most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) winner at the 1.5-mile oval, Kyle Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team hope to repeat their previous performance at the team’s home track and claim their third win of the season. Back in May, Larson led a race-high and career-high 82 laps before landing in Victory Lane, having never fallen out of the top five throughout the 200-lap race. With a new sponsor and paint scheme, along with a race-winning car from Auto Club Speedway, the No. 42 Nature Made Chevrolet Camaro may just be the car to beat this weekend.

KIDS FIRST…In their first race partnering with Larson, Nature Made will highlight their new KIDS FIRST line of products, which will be available exclusively at Target and starting October 19. Created to help kids start a lifetime of healthy habits, KIDS FIRST, which includes vitamins, minerals and supplements, are designed for children and adolescents ages four to 18 years. In addition to helping kids start good habits, the purchase of KIDS FIRST products also benefits Make-A-Wish®, with a donation made to the children’s charity by Nature Made for each bottle of KIDS FIRST vitamin products purchased. As part of Nature Made’s collaboration with Make-A-Wish, Larson will be hosting a very special guest at the race track on Friday, wish kid Christian – whose upcoming wish to go to the Daytona 500 in February will be sponsored by Nature Made.

Previous Race Recap...In his second-career NNS start at Kansas Speedway, Larson dealt with handling issues throughout the weekend. With only one NNS practice session due to weather in the Kansas City area, Larson and his TSM team struggled to find a solid package for the No. 42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet to take on the 1.5-mile oval. After several adjustments following practice, Larson was able to score a ninth-place starting spot for the Cartwheel Chevy. Despite a solid effort by his TSM team, damage from a mid-race accident left Larson unable to complete the 200-lap event, relegating him to a 30th-place finish in the Kansas Lottery 300.

Watch and Listen…Tune in as Larson and the No. 42 team try to get back-to-back NNS wins at CMS this season. The Drive for the Cure 300 can be seen live on Friday, October 10 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2, and can also be heard on PRN 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 Charlotte Motor Speedway: “I’m really looking forward to racing at Charlotte again. Getting that win earlier this year was really special because all of my family and friends were there. We had a great car then and the guys set me up with a solid package to win with. We’re taking our car that we won with at Auto Club, so hopefully it will be just as solid at Charlotte. It’s great to have Nature Made on board our car this weekend; last time we won here, we had a new sponsor, so maybe that will be lucky again. Friday night will be really special because I’ll have my Make-A-Wish buddy Christian with me before the race. Thanks to Nature Made and their KIDS FIRST initiative, as well as Make-A-Wish for making it possible for Christian and his family to attend. Maybe they’ll be our good luck charms and help us get back-to-back wins.”

NNS Results at Charlotte:
Starts: 3
Wins: 1
Poles: 0
Top 5: 2
Top 10: 2
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 9.7
Average Finish: 6.0