On the outside, life as a top-shelf racecar driver seems ideal. Driving fast for a living, getting paid boatloads of money for wins and sponsorship deals, traveling around the country – if not the world – all seems to have the making of a dream life. What many of us on the outside don't realize, though, is that achieving your dream comes with consequences, drawbacks and sacrifices.

A new reality video series, Flat Out, focuses on Dylan Kwasniewski, a 17-year-old racer who has already captured the K&N West title, climbing one of the rungs on the NASCAR ladder that will lead to a race seat in the Sprint Cup Series. At 17, though, Kwasniewski is forced to balance the normal demands of being a teenager with being one of the youngest and most talented drivers in the NASCAR development pool. The series from Autoblog parent AOL just saw its first season go live, and it follows Kwasniewski and his mom as they manage life in the K&N East Series from a base in North Carolina with his high school life at home in Las Vegas.

Take a look below for the first episode of the series, a seven-minute whirlwind that sees Dylan running a race on the east coast while preparing for one of the great rites of passage for American teenagers - prom.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate any and all reality TV shows. They're all over the place, and focus way too much on the backstabbing, the bickering, and the so-called drama. They even make reality TV shows about nature documentaries!!!
      Kevin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great, that is what NASCAR needs, another Kyle Busch.
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      So young. Such a bright future ahead of him. And all he wants to do is turn left and drive in circles in front of drunk hillbilles.
        bchreng
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        And yet he can do it so much better than you, me, or anyone else reading this article and gets paid to do it.
      Malcolm
      • 1 Year Ago
      big deal. get back to me when the kid learns how to compete in a REAL race that doesn't Only involve turning left 100+ times (i.e. racing road courses like the trans-am/SCCA racing as those take far more talent than driving an oval track turning Only one direction the entire time)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm
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          Malcolm
          • 1 Year Ago
          Oh great, another jackass that doesn't have common sense. Now I have to try and educate the dullard. Let me guess. you've gone around a 4.3 mile road course with long straights and very tight S-curves and sharp corners all while going 200mph in 500+hp GT spec cars like the C6R, Lola, or Audi R10 diesel race car with atleast 60 other drivers trying to squeeze past you into those turns to make it out onto the straight-away before you do? I'm guessing not. I however have done this. it takes alot more skill to handle a road course in a much more powerful car. Especially the tight turns when you've got 4 cars side by side trying to make it through a spot meant for just one.
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shame to waste talent on a rubbish motorsport like NASCAR. Formula 1 and Le Mans is where boys are turned into men.
        Myself
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Law
        I was just about to write that he should move to Europe NOW so he can grow up driving in real racing series and build up skills amd experience necessary for a top level. Nascar is neither top level nor racing and will never develope the kid's talent. If anything, nascar is a talent killer.
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          @Myself
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        fishnutts11
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Law
        Couldn't have said it better myself.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Law
        Or... He could actually make money driving a car.
      Racerman967
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is how you make in racing now Parents MONEY. Ask Logano.
      Anataxis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Frankly, two words I never thought I would see in the same sentence: "NASCAR" and "prodigy".
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      yellowneck24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great talent pool of young drivers moving up the ranks, none moving up as fast as Kyle Larson. Good luck to Dylan but I rather see Chase Elliott move up before Dylan.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Racing in general is the equivalent to "acting" in the sports world. You just need practice, money and/or connections. Its the least merit sport of them all. No coincidence to why theres so many "jrs" or siblings in racing. Not too many jrs in golf, baseball, etc... "Nascar prodigy" is a joke right?
      ihyln
      • 1 Year Ago
      Being able to turn left is not prodigy status? UPS truck drivers must all be stephen hawking.
      Pavel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty obvious that Nascar marketing people are dying to get on the Monster flat-brimmed hat dbaggery... Pass.
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