Stafford Township native Ryan Truex’s workload for the rest of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season just doubled — and he is thrilled about it.
The 20-year-old driver announced Saturday night that he got sponsorship commitments for two more races in addition to the two others in which he previously was scheduled to drive. Truex, who already was set to run Sept. 15 at Chicago and Nov. 10 at Phoenix, added this Friday night’s race at Richmond, Va., and the Sept. 29 event in Dover, Del., to his schedule.
Truex has raced in eight of 24 Nationwide events this season, earning four top-10 finishes. There are nine races left in the season.
In the two additional races, Truex will drive the No. 99 Toyota car for RAB Racing, a group for which he already has driven once this year. Truex also drove for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the first race of this season and then in six other races for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truex will drive for Gibbs in the Chicago and Phoenix races.
“It’s cool (to get the two extra races),” Truex said by telephone Saturday night. “I just found out about it a couple days ago. It’s always good to race in Richmond. And I really want to go to Dover. My sponsors will be Grime Boss and Toyota Care (in Richmond), but I’m not sure what the sponsors will be in Dover.
“I’ve raced the 99 before. I ran for (RAB Racing) in Texas this year. Scott (Zipadelli, the crew chief) communicates well. I’m comfortable with the whole group.”
Truex nearly won a Nationwide race at Dover International Speedway on June 2. Driving for Gibbs, he was leading but got held up by lapped cars and lost the lead with six laps to go. He finished second to Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano.
But Truex has no bad feelings about the track, which is also where older brother Martin Truex Jr. got his only NASCAR Sprint Cup win in 2007.
“I look at it as my home track because it’s only an hour and a half away,” Truex said. “A lot of my family is there, and it’s extra special to me and Martin.”
Truex said he believes he’ll be a full-time Nationwide Series driver next year, and he sees these additional two races as extra preparation.
“Any experience is good experience,” he said. “Going back to a track three or four times is always good. I’m getting more experience for next year.”
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