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Ryan Truex Picks up Sprint Cup Series Ride at Richmond and Daytona Truck Ride

February 18th, 2013 at 10:02 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Monday was a big day for Ryan Truex, the younger brother or Sprint Cup Series veteran Martin Truex Jr. He will make his first career Sprint Cup Series start for Phoenix Racing in the No. 51 Chevrolet at Richmond International Raceway for the season's ninth race on April 27th.

Truex made that announcement on his twitter feed. He also indicated he could drive additional races for the team later on in the season.

'Truex In Victory Lane' photo (c) 2009, Steven Harrell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On Monday it was also released that Truex will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in the season opening Camping World Truck Series race on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. The truck will be sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.

"It's cool to be able to start the season off running for a great team," Truex said. "The Turner Scott trucks led most of the race in Daytona last year, so there's no better organization to be racing for at that track. I'm really happy that Bass Pro Shops came on to help us. Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops is a good friend and he's done a lot for my brother (Martin Truex Jr.) and his career. It's really nice that he's able to help me out and get me started for 2013."

It will be Truex's third career Truck Series start. The 20-year old made two starts in Mike Hillman's No. 27 in 2012. He finished 32nd after having transmission trouble at Martinsville and was on the lead lap in ninth at Phoenix.

Truex has 35 Nationwide Series starts over the past three seasons with nine top 10 finishes and one pole. He has driven for Michael Waltrip Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing and RAB Racing. He also won the 2009 and 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championships driving the No. 00 Toyota for Micheal Waltrip Racing.

The NextEra Energy Resources 250 will be run at 8:30 p.m. ET on SPEED.

Tags: Bass Pro Shops, Camping World Truck Series, Daytona International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr., Motorsports, Nationwide Series, NextEra Energy Resources 250, Ryan Truex, Sprint Cup Series, Turner Scott Motorsports

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