Dylan Kwasniewski looks to rebound from 2014 struggles, even with only a part-time ride in 2015


Dylan Kwasniewski’s first season in the then-Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series didn’t exactly go the way he likely expected.

The Las Vegas native came into the series as a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Next program, in addition to being the star of a much-hyped, made-for-digital reality series that chronicled his life and racing career.

But Kwasniewski’s bid for a great year, including his attempt to win NNS Rookie of the Year honors, fell far short:

* He started all 33 NNS races, had zero wins and zero top-five finishes, and just three top-10 finishes.

* His best showing was eighth in both the season opener at Daytona and also on the road course at Mid-Ohio. He was also ninth in a race at Iowa Speedway.

* He also had four DNFs, an average per-race finish of 17.7 and finished on the lead lap less than half the time (16 out of 33 races).

By the end of the season, Kwasniewski finished 11th in the final standings. It was a first effort, but not necessarily a great first effort, either, he recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ).

“(Last season) definitely taught me a lot, very humbling, for sure,” Kwasniewski said. “Next year (2015) is what we’ve been looking forward to. We treated last year as a learning year, and now we can go out there and compete and try to get really good finishes.”

After racing for Turner Scott Motorsports in 2014, Kwasniewski has joined a brand new team for 2015, HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi. HScott is Harry Scott Jr., former co-owner of TSM.

For now, it’s a one-car operation, but unfortunately for Kwasniewski, it’ll be a two-driver team.

In other words, he’ll be sharing the No. 42 Chevrolet with reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, Kyle Larson.

As of now, it’s unclear how many races each driver will be behind the wheel. But Kwasniewski is taking it all in stride.

“It’s still a lot of races,” Kwasniewski told the LVRJ. “I think we’re going to have better results. You’re running up front with the guys you’re going to race for the rest of your life. I think that’s better than running midpack.

“We’re going to show up to win every race. That will benefit me more and show people that I have talent more than running in the middle of the pack for the rest of the year.

“Even though it’s less races, I think it’s going to be a good deal.”

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Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.