Turner Scott Motorsports Announces K&N Lineup
By: MRN Staff on January 21, 2014 | 11:29 A.M. EST
Cameron Hayley is among five drivers who will compete for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)
Turner Scott Motorsports’ 2014 driver lineup for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East features Brandon Jones and Ben Rhodes, who each drove part time for TSM last season, and newcomers Kaz Grala, Cameron Hayley and Scott Heckert. In its debut season in the K&N Pro Series, Turner Scott Motorsports captured six wins and three poles en route to taking the championship with Dylan Kwasniewski behind the wheel.
Kaz Grala, a 15-year-old from Westborough, Mass., is a high school freshman who had breakout year last season. He became the youngest race winner in UARA series history, taking the checkered flag at Hickory Motor Speedway. Grala became the youngest driver to lead laps in the NASCAR Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Grala will continue his march towards NASCAR's biggest stage in 2014, running a full-time schedule for TSM.
Calgary, Alberta, native ameron Hayley made his karting debut at the age of seven. Competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since 2011, Hayley was the youngest driver to compete in the series and finished second in his debut. Hayley was the NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and finished the 2013 season with one win, six poles and a second-place finish in the K&N Pro Series West standings. The 17-year-old is a member of the NASCAR Next program, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR's rising stars.
Scott Heckert, a 20-year-old Connecticut native and student at Miami (Ohio) University, began his career in the Skip Barber National and Regional road racing series. In 2012, Heckert partnered with championship-winning driver and team owner BJ McLeod in the Bright House Challenge Series, where he was named 2012 Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Heckert made his Pro Series East debut for McLeod, earning a best finish of seventh
Last year was a busy year for Brandon Jones, who made seven Pro Series East starts, three in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and nine starts in the UARA-Stars Series. The 16-year-old from Atlanta will challenge for the Rookie of the Year award in the Pro Series East division in 2014, while also running a Late Model and Trucky entry.
Ben Rhodes began his racing career at the age of seven, starting in karts and winning several championship titles before moving to Bandoleros, Legend Cars and Late Model Stock Cars. In 2013, the Louisville, Ky., native ran a partial Pro Series East schedule for Turner Scott Motorsports. He made seven starts with two top-fives and five top-10s. The 16-year-old also is a member of the NASCAR Next program
"We take great pride in our K&N program, and I believe we've shown what an effective platform it is for up-and-coming drivers in the success we had last year and the fact that we've already seen some of our drivers' potential to advance to the next level,’’ said co-owner Harry Scott Jr. in a statement. “The drivers in our stable have shown a lot of promise, and I'm hoping that we can follow up last year's championship with another great season."