Ryan Truex

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Ryan Truex
Ryan Truex.jpg
Truex at the 2009 Camping World East Series banquet
Born (1992-03-18) March 18, 1992 (age 25)
Mayetta, New Jersey
Achievements 2009 Camping World East Series champion
2010 K&N Pro Series East champion
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
26 races run over 2 years
2014 position 39th
Best finish 39th (2014)
First race 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race (Bristol)
Last race 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 (Joliet)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
37 races run over 4 years
2015 position 43rd
Best finish 22nd (2011)
First race 2010 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 (Gateway)
Last race 2015 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (Texas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 8 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
30 races run over 5 years
Truck no., team No. 16 (Hattori Racing Enterprises)
2016 position 18th
Best finish 13th (2017)
First race 2012 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2017 Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 12 0
Statistics current as of July 19, 2017.

Ryan Truex (born March 18, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 16 Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Truex's CW East championship car
Truex in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway

A native of Mayetta, New Jersey, Truex won the 2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series Championship as a 17-year-old high school student at Southern Regional High School.[1]

In the 11-race season, he finished the season with eight Top 5s.[1] He had three wins at Watkins Glen, Thompson,[2] and Lime Rock Park.[3]

In 2010, he won his second consecutive Camping World East Series title in a Michael Waltrip-owned Toyota.[4]

Touring series[edit]

Truex competed in six NASCAR Nationwide Series events, beginning at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010.[5] Truex was intended to run for Rookie of the Year in 2011 with MWR. However, motocross stunt performer Travis Pastrana ran the No. 99 for 7 races. Truex's plan was to skip ROTY and run 10 consecutive races in the Nationwide Series, then 20 races in 2012, though surgery forced him out of the 99 at Texas and was replaced by David Reutimann and team owner Waltrip, who drove at the restrictor plate tracks. Waltrip and Ryan's brother Martin also split time in the ride.

Due to a lack of sponsorship in the 99 team, Truex was released from Pastrana Waltrip Racing after the STP 300. Truex returned to the Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, running several races late in the 2011 season. In 2012, he drove for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway,[4] finishing 31st. He ran a limited schedule for JGR,[6] while he also drove for RAB Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in April.[7]

On June 2, 2012, Truex got a career best finish of second at Dover International Speedway driving for JGR. Racing shortly after an emergency appendectomy,[8] he started the race first after winning his first career Nationwide Series pole,[9] and led late before being caught in lapped traffic by Joey Logano.[10]

National series[edit]

In February 2013, Truex announced that he would compete in the Camping World Truck Series for Turner Scott Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway;[11] he hoped to compete in further races during 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, competing in at least one race at Richmond International Raceway, as well as at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the team in the Nationwide Series;[11] his debut in the Sprint Cup Series and his Nationwide Series race were later delayed due to Truex suffering a broken collarbone.[12]

On June 2, 2013, it was announced that Truex had signed with Richard Petty Motorsports as a development driver;[13] in mid-July it was announced that he would make his Sprint Cup debut with Phoenix Racing in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway driving James Finch's No. 51.[14] After Harry Scott Jr.'s takeover of the No. 51 team two weeks later, Truex drove for Scott in his first race as team owner at Richmond International Raceway. He drove for Scott again at his home track of Dover International Speedway, finishing 32nd.[15]

In January 2014, Truex drove for BK Racing during testing prior to the 2014 Daytona 500 in the No. 93.[16] He was later assigned to the team's No. 83 for the full season.[17] Truex also drove the No. 32 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.[18] In August he suffered a sprained wrist and concussion in a practice crash at Michigan International Speedway; he was forced to sit out that weekend's race, being replaced by J. J. Yeley.[19]

In September, Truex was replaced in the No. 83 car by Travis Kvapil in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway; discussions about his position with the team for the remainder of the season were said to be "ongoing".[20] During the race weekend at Dover, Truex confirmed that he was no longer with BK Racing.[21] After receiving no rides in 2015, Truex was picked up by Biagi-DenBeste Racing to drive three races starting at Richmond in the Xfinity Series.

After not finding a ride in 2015, in 2016, Truex returned to the Truck Series for the season opener at Daytona, driving the No. 81 for Hattori Racing Enterprises.[22] Truex ran in the top ten for a portion of the race, and was in the lead on the last lap when he lost support from Parker Kligerman.[23] After finishing 2nd, he announced he was running Atlanta, Martinsville, Kansas and hoped to run the whole season. Unfortunately not, sponsorship had been an issue for the team and he was replaced by Jesse Little for Texas. Truex returned to HRE in 2017, running the full Truck schedule in the No. 16.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Cup Series driver and two-time Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr.,[1] and the son of former Busch Series driver Martin Truex Sr.

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2014 BK Racing Toyota DNQ

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


  1. ^ a b c Schroeder, Charles (2009-09-26). "Ryan Truex finishes rookie year with a NASCAR title at Dover". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Truex Nabs Second Win At Thompson". Catch Fence.com. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  3. ^ "ROAD WARRIOR: Ryan Truex makes it a clean sweep in Camping World East Series". Green White Checkered. 2009-08-15. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  4. ^ a b "Tommy Baldwin Racing expands NNS program". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. January 25, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Truex Wins First NASCAR Title". NASCAR. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ "JGR Lands Sponsor For Ryan Truex". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. March 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Truex to drive RAB Racing's No. 09 at Texas". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. April 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  8. ^ De Los Santos, Brian (May 30, 2012). "Ryan Truex returns to Nationwide car at Dover after appendectomy". Eye On Nascar. CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Truex to start on the pole for 5-hour Energy 200 at Dover". TSN. June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  10. ^ "Logano Wins Nationwide Series Race at Dover". The New York Times. New York. June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  11. ^ a b Mazda, Jason (February 19, 2013). "Ryan Truex to make NASCAR Sprint Cup debut in April; will drive in Trucks race Friday at Daytona". Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, NJ. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  12. ^ "Broken collarbone forces Ryan Truex to postpone NASCAR Sprint Cup debut". The Press of Atlantic City. Atlantic City, NJ. April 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  13. ^ Long, Dustin (June 2, 2013). "Ryan Truex Signs with RPM". MRN Radio. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  14. ^ Spencer, Lee (July 19, 2013). "Finch confirms sale of Phoenix Racing". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Ryan Truex - 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  16. ^ "SPRINT CUP DRIVER ROSTER FOR PRESEASON THUNDER". NASCAR. January 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  17. ^ Estrada, Chris (January 20, 2014). "Cup: Alex Bowman, Ryan Truex confirmed at BK Racing". MotorSportsTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved January 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ryan Truex Returns to Turner Scott Motorsports for NCWTS Race at Daytona". SpeedwayMedia. Turner Scott Motorsports. February 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  19. ^ Pockrass, Bob (October 16, 2014). "UPDATE: J.J. Yeley to replace Ryan Truex in Michigan race". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  20. ^ Bianchi, Jordan (September 23, 2014). "Ryan Truex's future in doubt at BK Racing". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  21. ^ Utter, Jim (September 26, 2014). "Motorsports Notebook: Garage providing Stewart some shelter". That's Racing. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  22. ^ Knight, Chris (February 15, 2016). "Ryan Truex Returns To Trucks At Daytona With Hattori Racing". Catchfence. Retrieved February 15, 2016. 
  23. ^ Christie, Toby. "Ryan Truex proves that persistence pays off with great run at Daytona". Tribute Racing. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  24. ^ Utter, Jim (January 16, 2017). "Ryan Truex set to run full NASCAR Trucks schedule in 2017". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  25. ^ "RYAN TRUEX TO COMPETE FULL TIME FOR HATTORI RACING". NASCAR. January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Matt Kobyluck
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion
Succeeded by
Max Gresham