Today Turner Scott Motorsports announced that NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie competitor Dylan Kwasniewski will be working with a new crew chief starting this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300. Shannon Rursch will now be a top the pit box calling the shots for the No. 31 team.
Rursch will replace Pat Tryson who was the crew chief for all 15 of the races that Kwasniwski has raced this season in the No. 31 car. Rursch is receiving a promotion from the role of car chief for the team.
"I respect (Turner Scott Motorsports') decision," Kwasniewski told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Thursday afternoon. "It's a shame to see Pat go obviously. We had a great relationship, and he's a great crew chief. Now that we've got Shannon, I think he's going to do a fantastic job. He's got all the tools to do so. He knows what he needs to do, and I think he's got the experience to do so."
Kwasniewski has also made two starts this season in the No. 42 car for Turner Scott Motorsports in races where Kyle Larson had Sprint Cup Series obligations. In those races Scott Zipadelli was his crew chief and will remain so for the remaining races that Kwasniewski replaces Larson in this season.
His rookie campaign has been a struggle as his lone top 10 came in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway when he finished eighth after sitting on the pole. He also has three 11th place finishes and is currently 12th in the driver standings. The 19-year-old is the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion.
Tryson was a veteran crew chief with eight career wins at the Sprint Cup Series level. Rursch was a car chief for Phoenix Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports prior to moving over to Turner Scott Motorsports in December of 2009.
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