Despite being just 20 years old, Dylan Kwasniewski is one of the brightest drivers in NASCAR. With GQ looks, talent behind the wheel and an infectious personality, Kwasniewski has been a perennial driver to watch in the motorsports world.
Kwasniewski jumped into the seat of his first kart in Norwalk, Conn. at the age of four. He quickly earned his first win and was instantly hooked on racing. After moving from gokarts to Bandoleros to Legend cars, Kwasniewski began racing in the ASA Speed Truck Series in 2009. The following year, the young driver raced a limited late model car and competed in the Lucas Oil / Rockstar Modified Series before making the transition to NASCAR.
Winning two races and two poles in 2011, Kwasniewski, racing for Gene Price Motorsports, captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. He became the youngest driver to win a race and a pole with his sweep at Colorado National Speedway at just 16 years old and was highlighted as one of the top-nine young talents to watch in NASCAR.
In 2012, Kwasniewski returned to Gene Price Motorsports for the full 15-race NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule. Again he was named one of NASCAR’s “Next9” as he scored three wins, six poles, 12 top-five, and 15 top-10 finishes en route to his first NASCAR championship.
After becoming the youngest driver to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship in 2012, Kwasniewski moved on to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) in 2013. Kwasniewski followed his stellar 2012 season with another year for the record books. He scored six wins, three poles, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 14 races to earn the K&N Pro Series East championship, becoming the first driver in NASCAR history to win both the East and West championships. His record-setting year was highlighted on Flat Out, an online documentary for AOL. The 11-episode miniseries can be viewed at www.flatoutdk.com.
Last season, Kwasniewski set his sights on the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where he became the youngest driver ever to win the pole in the season-opening race at the famed Daytona International Speedway. The Las Vegas native continued to score three top-10 finishes on his way to an 11th-place finish in the final point standings. The season also saw Kwasniewski sign a driver development contract with Chip Ganassi Racing, which fields two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, four cars in the IndyCar Series, one Prototype in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and two cars in the Global Rallycross Series.