CONCORD, N.C. — Richard Petty Motorsports development driver Ryan Truex will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway during Saturday night’s 500-lap race.
Truex will drive the No. 51 entry for Phoenix Racing. Truex signed a multi-year development deal with RPM earlier this year and the team is currently working to secure sponsorship funding.
Ryan Truex, who had already been working with Phoenix Racing with opportunities earlier this year, has a long history of providing young drivers opportunities to race for their team. It was also Phoenix Racing that helped Ryan’s older brother Martin Truex in the beginning stages of his career. The opportunity came for Phoenix Racing to put Ryan behind the wheel this weekend.
Truex has two Nationwide series starts at Bristol and most recently posted a top-10 finish in the spring event in 2012. In his career, Truex made 35 Nationwide, three truck and 22 K&N East starts. He’s won championships in every full season of competition. He won the K&N Series East championship back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.
“I’m excited to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol,” said Truex. “It has been tough waiting on the sidelines while I healed from my collarbone injury, but now I am ready to go and make my Sprint Cup Series debut. It’s pretty awesome that it’s coming at Bristol at the night race. This is a premier race on the Sprint Cup circuit.
“To have Richard Petty Motorsports and Phoenix Racing support me in this endeavor really means a lot,” continued Truex. “I’m excited for the rest of this year and my future with RPM.”