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Truex to run six races for JGR Nationwide team

August 09, 2011, Team Release,

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday the team has signed Ryan Truex to drive in six races this season in the organization's Nationwide Series program.

Truex will drive the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing beginning in Atlanta on Sept. 3. In addition, Truex will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 in Richmond, Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Phoenix. While sponsorship for a portion of the six-race schedule is expected to be announced soon, opportunities for partnership still exist.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to compete with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series."


"We're thrilled to bring Ryan into our Nationwide Series program," J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, said. "His family has a great history in our sport and he has really proven himself with the opportunities he has had thus far in his young career. When you look at what he's already achieved in the K&N Series and with the opportunities he has already had in Nationwide, we're looking forward to him accomplishing great things with our team."

Despite being raised around the sport and watching his older brother, Martin Truex Jr., ascend to the top level of NASCAR, Ryan Truex started his racing career a bit later than most. Now 19 years old, he first stepped behind the wheel of a Bandolero car at the age of 13 in his hometown of Mayetta, N.J., and quickly showcased the talent that has long been associated with his family which dates back to his father's racing career in the Busch North Series. Truex would move through the ranks of Legend Cars and Late Models the next couple of years before receiving an opportunity to run in the K&N Pro Series.

As he has done at every level of racing, Truex excelled in the K&N Pro Series East with an impressive rookie campaign in 2009 that included three wins, seven top-fives and eight top-10s. He was awarded rookie of the year honors and won the championship to give Michael Waltrip Racing its first NASCAR championship. Truex became only the second driver in series history to win both honors in the same year, with JGR teammate Joey Logano having accomplished the feat two years prior.

Truex would win a second consecutive K&N Pro Series East championship in 2010 with two wins, eight top-fives and nine top-10s. During the same 2010 season, Truex would launch his Nationwide Series career, achieving an outside pole at Michigan and earning three top-15 finishes in his first seven Nationwide Series starts for MWR. He has 10 starts in the Nationwide Series this season for MWR with one top-10 at Richmond.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to compete with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series," Truex said. "I appreciate the support from Joe, J.D. and the rest of the JGR organization. I can't wait to strap into the No. 20 Nationwide Series Toyota at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

"I'd like to thank Michael Waltrip Racing for their support over the past few years, without them, I wouldn't be in this position as a driver. It goes without saying that my dad, my brother and many others have supported me throughout my career and I'd like to thank all of them as well."