Ryan Truex makes Nationwide road course debut at The Glen

Ryan Truex
Ryan Truex

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FIRST NNS ROAD COURSE START: This Saturday afternoon will mark Ryan Truex's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) road course debut as he returns to the seat of the No. 20 Grime Boss Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. This isn't the first time the youngest Truex has wheeled right-hand turns at Watkins Glen International. The 20-year-old has one previous start in 2009, where he qualified sixth and made a last lap pass to claim his first career NASCAR victory in the K&N East Pro Series. That season, he went on to capture the first of two consecutive series' championships along with Rookie of the Year honors.

PAST ROAD COURSE EXPERIENCE: While this Saturday marks Truex's NNS road course debut, the Mayetta N.J., native in no road-course rookie. In his two years in the K&N East Pro Series Truex made three road course starts between Lime Rock Park (2) and Watkins Glen International (2009). He earned two wins (Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park in 2009) and three top five finishes.

SO FAR IN 2012 WITH JGR: Truex will make his sixth start of 2012 with Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend at Watkins Glen International. He has earned one pole, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Having already competed on four of the five types of tracks the NNS visits each year with the team (half-mile, one-mile, 1.5-mile and superspeedway), Truex only has one finish outside the top-10 with JGR. He has an average finishing spot of 8.26 and starting spot of 11th with the organization.

HEADED TO THE FAIR: After competing at WGI, Truex will travel three hours to Buffalo New York to represent NASCAR and Nationwide Insurance at the Erie County Fair. The Mayetta, N.J., native will meet guests of Nationwide Insurance, sign autographs and take the racing simulator for a spin.

JOE GIBBS RACING AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide Series program has 18 starts with 10 drivers at Watkins Glen International. JGR Nationwide entries have claimed three wins, two poles, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes while leading 85 laps of competition.

From the Cockpit: Ryan Truex: "I can't wait to get to The Glen and back in the Grime Boss Toyota this weekend. It's my first Nationwide start at the track, but my experience here in the K&N Series will be crucial. In order to be successful, I need to drive a smart race and not make any mistakes, or get caught in anyone else's. The restarts are always crazy as everyone dives into turn one, but I know if we stay out of trouble we'll be in contention at the end."

Source: Joe Gibbs Racing

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