Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Turner Scott Motorsports Gears Up for
#KNEAST Season Opener (#NASCAR)

So It Begins - Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) heads down south to New Smyrna Speedway for the first race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season. TSM is coming off their inaugural season in the NKNPSE, in which they won three poles, six races and captured the championship with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel. This season, TSM will have five cars racing for the championship in the organization’s second full-time stint in the series. TSM’s title defense begins on February 16 with the New Smyrna 150, which will mark the inaugural race at New Smyrna Speedway for the NKNPSE.

Turner Scott Motorsports heads New Smyrna Speedway for the first race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
Turner Scott Motorsports heads New Smyrna Speedway for the first race of the
2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season; with drivers Kaz Grala,
Brandon Jones, Scott Heckert, Cameron Hayley, and Ben Rhodes.

Kaz Grala - Grala will be competing full time in the No. 31 OzLINK Chevy Impala in 2014, running for not only the championship, but also Rookie of the Year (ROTY) honors with TSM. Grala looks to use the experience he gained among multiple series in 2013 to his advantage as he moves up to the NKNPSE. His season begins with the New Smyrna 150, Grala’s first career start in the NKNPSE.

Kaz Grala on New Smyrna Speedway:

“The No. 31 team and I have been preparing for the New Smyrna race to kick off the 2014 season. In the test, the car handled well and I liked the track, so I feel like we are in good shape. It will be a challenge in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year with such a stacked field. I’ve heard that there is going to be a huge car count for the New Smyrna 150; I can’t wait.”

Brandon Jones - Jones is coming off a 2013 season that saw him compete in multiple series with TSM. Jones made seven starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East & West), recording two top 10s, and three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2014, he will be running the No. 33 Wolfpack Energy Services Chevy Impala full time with TSM, as he will also look to contend for the championship.

Brandon Jones on New Smyrna Speedway and the 2014 season:

“It has been a long winter and I can’t wait to get back into the car at New Smyrna. We tested there a couple of weeks ago and the car handled great. Turner Scott Motorsports has also put together a new team for me this year with Shane Huffman taking over as crew chief. With Shane and Mike Greci’s experience, I expect to build on last year and believe we can contend for wins. I also think some of my strongest competition will come from my teammates. I’m looking forward to competing with them on the track this season.”

Scott Heckert - 2014 will not be Heckert’s first season in NKNPSE competition, after running the full season in 2013, but it will be his first season with TSM. Heckert takes over the reins of the No. 34 Chevy Impala full time in 2014, beginning with the New Smyrna 150. He will look to improve upon his rookie campaign in the series as he challenges for the championship with TSM.

Scott Heckert on New Smyrna Speedway:

“I feel great heading into the New Smyrna 150. Testing down there in January allowed me to get to know my teammates and really mesh together as a cohesive group. I also have a ton of laps on the high banks of New Smyrna Speedway, so I think that gives me an edge on the talented group I’ll be competing against.”

Ben Rhodes - Rhodes ran a part-time schedule with TSM in 2013, garnering success to the tune of two top fives and five top 10s in seven starts. In 2014, he will once again be behind the wheel of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy Impala for TSM. He looks to challenge for both ROTY as well as the championship, beginning with the New Smyrna 150.

Ben Rhodes on New Smyrna Speedway:

“We had a great test at New Smyrna Speedway a few weeks ago. It is a really cool track and it was the first time I got to work with my new crew chief, Mark McFarland. We were on the same page from the time we unloaded the car, and we were able to try lots of different changes to get more speed out of the car. I am very confident we will give the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Impala a great showing in the first race of the season.” 

Cameron Hayley - Hayley moves from the West to the East in 2014, running the full NKNPSE season for TSM. Cameron finished second in the overall point standings in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2013, compiling one win (Roseville), six poles and 12 top-five finishes throughout the 15-race season. Hayley and the No. 98 Cabinets by Hayley Chevrolet team will look to continue upon the success he found in 2013 and challenge for the championship with TSM this season.

Cameron Hayley on New Smyrna Speedway:

“It has been way too long since the end of last year and I can’t wait to get this season going. Our No. 98 Cabinets by Hayley Chevy Impala was really fast when we tested and I know it will be just as fast when we get there for the race. It’s always tough switching to a new team, but I’m confident I’ll be able to adapt fast and start the year off with a win. All we need to do is run a hard, solid race and make sure we do everything we can to win.”

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