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Ryan Truex (born March 18, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver.
He currently competes part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Tommy Baldwin Racing and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports.
Truex' older brother Martin is the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion.
He is the younger brother of 2017 Cup Series champion and two-time Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr., and the son of former Busch Series driver Martin Truex Sr.
Truex, a resident of Mayetta, New Jersey, won the 2009 NASCAR World East Series Championship as a 17-year-old high school student at Southern Regional High School.
He finished the season with eight Top 5s in an 11-race series. He was a winner at Watkins Glen, Thompson, and Lime Rock Park.
In 2010, he won his second straight Camping World East Series title in a Michael Waltrip-owned Toyota.
Truex appeared in six NASCAR Nationwide Series events, beginning at Gateway International Raceway in 2010. Truex was supposed to run for Rookie of the Year in 2011 with MWR. Nevertheless, Travis Pastrana, a motorcycle stunt performer, took the No. despite this. For seven races, there have been 99. Truex intended to skip ROTY and run ten straight races in the Nationwide Series, then 20 races in 2012, but surgery forced him out of the 99 at Texas and replaced him with David Reutimann and team manager Waltrip, who drove at the restrictor plate tracks. Martin, Waltrip and Ryan's brother, also missed time on the ride.
Truex was suspended from Pastrana Waltrip Racing after the STP 300 due to a lack of sponsorship in the 99 team. Truex with Joe Gibbs Racing entered the Nationwide Series for the 2011 season, winning many races late in the season. In 2012, he rode for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 31st. He had a limited schedule for JGR, but he also drove for RAB Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Truex finished second at Dover International Speedway in JGR driving on June 2, 2012. He started the race first after an emergency appendectomy and led late before being caught in lapped traffic by Joey Logano.
Truex revealed in February 2013 that he would compete in the Camping World Truck Series for Turner Scott Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway; he had hoped to participate in more races throughout the year and registered to compete for the series' Rookie of the Year title. In addition,, he signed with Phoenix Racing to compete in the Sprint Cup Series, as well as at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the team's Nationwide Series; his debut in the Sprint Cup Series and his Nationwide Series series were postponed due to Truex's broken collarbone.
Truex had signed Richard Petty Motorsports as a development driver, and in mid-July it was announced that he would compete for Phoenix Racing in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, driving James Finch's No. 76. The president is 51 years old. The No. 67 had been ruled by Harry Scott Jr. since he took over the No. 2 in the No. 6 race. Truex rode for Scott in his first race as team owner at Richmond International Raceway two weeks later. At Dover International Speedway's home track, he rode for Scott, finishing 32nd.
Truex rode for BK Racing during testing ahead of the 2014 Daytona 500 in the No. 152. 93. He was later sent to No. 2 of the team. For the entire season, 83 is the most 83. Truex also drove the No. X. Turner Scott Motorsports wins the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, 32 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. In August, he suffered a strained wrist and concussion in a Michigan International Speedway practice crash, forcing him to miss the weekend's competition after being replaced by J. J. Yeley.
Truex was replaced in the No. 301 in September. Travis Kvapil's 83 vehicle in New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway is in action for the remainder of the season; he was confirmed to be "ongoing" during his stay with the team. Truex revealed that he was no longer affiliated with BK Racing over the weekend in Dover. Truex was picked up by Biagi-DenBeste Racing to drive three races beginning in Richmond in the Xfinity Series, after receiving no rides in 2015.
Truex returned to the Truck Series for the season opener in Daytona in 2016, after not finding a ride in 2015. Hattori Racing Enterprises is 81. Truex was in the top ten for a portion of the series and was leading the way until he lost faith from Parker Kligerman on the last lap. He declared himself running Atlanta, Martinsville, Kansas, and hoped to complete the season after finishing second in second place. Unfortunately, sponsorship had been a problem for the team, and he was recalled by Jesse Little for Texas, and the team's rest of the year was limited to a limited schedule. Truex returned to HRE in 2017, but it's now running the full Truck schedule in the renumbered No. 57. 16. He was released by HRE on January 4, 2018 after finishing ninth in points with 13 top-ten finishes (including eight in the top five) and two poles. However, his workless status would not last long as he pledged to drive Kaulig Racing's flagship No. 1 for many years. There are 11 cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for 2018 with sponsorship from Bar Harbor Foods. Truex placed 12th in points after being knocked out in Round Of 12.
Truex lost his ride with Kaulig when Justin Haley was announced as his successor in the No. 103. For 2019, there were 11 for 2019. Truex, a carmaker from Tommy Baldwin Racing, announced on January 16 that he would compete in the Daytona 500 with Tommy Baldwin Racing. 71. Truex would drive the No. 26 in January 25, 2019. JR Motorsports part-time has an 8-car. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a cold-texted team owner, called to inquire about open rides in the offseason, and was able to find a large enough budget to run part-time in the No. 66. 8. In his first race with the Phoenix team, he finished first in his first top-five since Mid-Ohio by tying his first-career finish of 2nd.
Truex returned to the Truck Series in 2020 after he signed a six-race contract with Niece Motorsports, debuting with the Texas race in March. Truex started off as a full-time fan but was unable to obtain enough funds to cover a full season. Truex finished fifth in 2020 with a best finish of 12th at Las Vegas and Kansas, and then moved to a full-time schedule with Niece for the 2021 season.
Motorsports career results
(Bold) – Position is awarded by qualifying time. Key (key) Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. – The most laps led.)
Season still in progress. Ineligible for series points in this case.