Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Pettys, the Allisons, the Buschs, now the Truex's!
Michael Waltrip Racing has signed the 17-year-old brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup Martin Truex Jr. as a development driver.
Ryan Truex will begin his new association this weekend in the NASCAR Camping World East series season-opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.
Last season, Truex finished 11th at Stafford Speedway in his CW East debut and only career start while driving a car prepared by Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
"Pairing with a racing organization like Michael Waltrip Racing and having (sponsor) NAPA Auto Parts on my Toyota is a great opportunity for me," Truex said. "MWR is really coming on strong this year in the Cup Series and I hope to learn a lot from just being there each week."
"In essence, Ryan was ready to move to the next level," said Ty Norris, general manager for the Waltrip team. "The Truexes had the cars and the engines, but needed someone to house (them), employ the staff and operate the team. I've known the Truexes since we approached Truex Jr. about driving for DEI's Nationwide team in 2003.
"Ryan has the bloodline and needed the opportunity, so we partnered in this entry. We heard he was aggressive and fast and we can't wait to see him compete."
Truex started racing four years ago in a Bandolero at Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey. He graduated to Legends and won a speedway championship at the track in 2007. Last season, Truex raced a family owned Late Model at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
Ryan not only follows in his brother Martin Jr.'s footsteps, but his father Martin Sr.who is a former driver in the Busch North Series. He made fifteen starts in the Busch Series from 1989 to 1998.
As with any brothers with this sport, we imagine animated family dinners, and competition that rivals any childhood backyard game....we look forward to Ryans budding career and cant wait till we see these brothers in the same race!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. I pretty much just listen to country. I've been listening to a lot of Brooks and Dunn lately.
Q. What was the last movie you saw in a movie theatre?
A. Cars. I know it's been awhile, but I'm not really a big movie person.
Q. What are your favorite TV shows, or something you must have in your DVR/Tivo recorder to watch when you return home from the track?
A. How It's Made and anything on the History Channel
Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. The only other sport I really follow is golf.
Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. I always have to be wearing my watch.
Q. What are your favorite places to visit? (during the season, ie: race tracks and off season for vacation)
A. My favorite place the NASCAR circuit visits is Las Vegas because it's Vegas! I don't really get a chance to vacation.
Q. What is your favorite clothing brand?
Q. What is your favorite book or publication?
A. The Richie Evans Story
Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. I love to play golf. If there's time while on the road, some guys from the team and I will go golfing.
Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. My favorite food is spaghetti.