Ryan Truex feels right at home on road courses.

The Stafford Township native won Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., sweeping the series' two road courses.

Truex, a 17-year-old rookie, won his first career race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in June. He extended his lead in the series standings to 50 points Saturday with two races remaining.

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"Honestly, (before the season) I thought we'd come to road courses and struggle," Truex said in a postrace news conference. "These guys gave me a great car. Every week, they give me fast cars, and it's real easy to drive them."

Truex started second Saturday in the Mohegan Sun 200 at the 1.53-mile road course. He led briefly early in the race but for the most part was content to stay near the front.

When pole-sitter and race leader Matt DiBenedetto was caught up in a wreck on Lap 70, Truex regained the lead and held on for the last 17 laps. It was his third win in nine races this season.

"Everything just worked out our way," Truex said.

Truex is a developmental driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, the team that will employ his older brother, Martin Jr., next year in the Sprint Cup series. Ryan Truex gives credit for his road-racing success to Cup driver Marcos Ambrose, whose JTG Daugherty team is affiliated with MWR. Truex and Ambrose tested at Virginia International Raceway before the race at Watkins Glen.

"He showed me a lot of stuff, so that helped out a lot," Truex said.

Truex said he feels confident going into the final two races. The next one is Sept. 18 in Loudon, N.H., where Truex finished second in a June race. The last race is Sept. 25 in Dover, Del.

Eddie MacDonald, who is second in the CWSE standings, finished second Saturday. Most of the other contenders had a rough day, though. Jody Lavender is third in the standings but trails Truex by 87 points.


Camping World Series East standing through Saturday (two races remain):

1. Ryan Truex 1,412

2 Eddie MacDonald -50

3 Jody Lavender -87

4 Steve Park -133

5 Matt Kobyluck -133

6 Brett Moffitt -147

7 Dustin Delaney -265

8 Alan Tardiff -197

9 Ryan Duff -204

10 Alex Kennedy -306


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