Ryan Truex will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Bristol Motor Speedway for Saturday nights Irwin Tools 500. Ryan, the younger brother of Sprint Cup regular Martin Truex, will be driving the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix Racing.
The younger Truex is currently signed to a developmental contract with Richard Petty Motorsports. RPM is looking for sponsorship to allow him to race later this season.
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.”