(CONCORD, N.C.) - NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship contender Dylan Kwasniewski is set to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Kansas Speedway with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) Friday, October 4.
Kwasniewski will be driving the No. 55 Royal Purple/Rockstar Energy Toyota in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
Joining Kwasniewski at Kansas will be his current K&N Series (Turner Motorsports No.98) crew chief, Mardy Lindley, calling the shots for the VMS entry. Kansas will mark the third time this year Lindley has been tapped to crew chief the No.55 VMS entry. In two previous starts (Talladega/Iowa) with driver Caleb Armstrong, the No.55 car has earned third and 11th place finishes respectively.
"Kansas is going to be fast," said Kwasniewski. "I'm looking forward to running the bigger track and learning how the aero affects the race car at those speeds. I've driven an ARCA car at Michigan in a test, but a race at Kansas will be a great learning experience. Looking forward to connecting with the VMS team."
Despite being 18-years-old, Kwasniewski is already a force to be reckoned with in the NASCAR world. After becoming the youngest driver to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Championship in 2012, Kwasniewski is poised this year to make history with his second consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship.
In 43 career NASCAR K&N starts, Kwasniewski has earned an impressive 10 wins, 28 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes to go along with 10 pole position awards.
No stranger to the national spotlight, Kwasniewski has been touted as one of NASCAR's top Sprint Cup prospects by motorsports media's Sporting News and Fox Sports.
During his young career, Kwasniewski has claimed many top accolades. At 16-years-old, Kwasniewski became the youngest winner in K&N series history while earning the 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In 2012, he captured his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship and was named one of NASCAR's NEXT9 drivers. This year driving for Turner Motorsports, Kwasniewski has five victories to his credit and currently maintains in first place in the K&N Championship point standings.
Off track, Kwasniewski is currently starring in an unscripted online documentary series called "FLAT OUT," which premiered earlier this month on the AOL On Video channel.
The 10- episode series, produced by NASCAR Productions and Vuguru, details Kwasniewski's balancing act of family, racing and impending adulthood as he tries to climb the NASCAR ladder. Go to http://on.aol.com/show/flat-out-517913071 to see "FLAT OUT" and Kwasniewski, one of today's dynamic and emerging motorsports personalities.
The October 4 Kansas Lottery 98.9 is live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The event will also feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activities at ARCAracing.com.
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.
In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.
After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS's modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team's familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
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