CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Martin Truex Sr. dreamed his sons Martin Jr. and Ryan would race each other some day-- he just never thought it would come so soon. Martin, the two-time Nationwide Series Champion, and Ryan, the two-time K&N Pro Series East ...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Martin Truex Sr. dreamed his sons Martin Jr. and Ryan would race each other some day-- he just never thought it would come so soon. Martin, the two-time Nationwide Series Champion, and Ryan, the two-time K&N Pro Series East Champion, will each drive OUT! Pet Care Toyotas for Diamond-Waltrip Racing on Saturday. Ryan will race the No. 99 while Martin will race the No. 00 with a reverse paint scheme. Martin Truex Sr. who made 15 Nationwide starts in his career admits it will be an emotional day for the family.
Martin Truex Sr. On Sons Racing: "I didn't expect this to happen until sometime next year, so I'm totally surprised, happy about it, but surprised. Saturday's going to be a mix of emotions. I'm going to be happy, but concerned you know. I mean I want the best for both of them obviously. This is a big step for Ryan because it happened faster than it was supposed to happen. I told him last week your world is on TV. You're going to have many more responsibilities. It's not going to be just having a good time with a bunch of your buddies. Now it's serious business. Your life is going to change a lot and you have no idea what you're in for."
Saturday Plans: "My wife and I will be there like we have for the past three years. I'll be on Ryan's pit box. The past four or five years I've been on Martin's pit box so I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm having the most fun of my life right now watching my kids. It's pretty cool when they actually want you to be there."
Sibling Rivalry: "Obviously, they want to beat each other. They have been talking about racing against each other for two years. Obviously Martin will be in there to help Ryan more than worrying about himself. I know that for a fact. Ryan just needs to be himself and not overdo it."
Advice For Ryan: "I think he will (Ryan) put more pressure on himself but I'm going to talk to him about that. I don't want him to go out there and beat his brother. He needs to just go out there and not beat himself. I don't want him to put himself in a bad situation."
Martin Truex Jr.: "I've watched him race many times and I think I'll like it better racing against him because I get really nervous watching him race. I guess it's a big brother thing. With the age difference (11 years), I pretty much had already moved out when he considered racing. We didn't get to spend a lot of time together growing up. The last year or two, we've gotten a lot closer. When he comes (to Charlotte) to prepare for a race or come to a race, he stays with me. It's been a lot of fun for me to be a part of his racing career. I've even owned some of his cars so to see his progression has been rewarding for me as an older brother. It seems like every kind of car he gets in, he's impressive from the get go. Now, we finally get to race together so it's going to mean a lot to me.
Ryan Truex: "I used to beat him (Martin Jr.) on the computer. But I think he might be favored this weekend. He's won two championships and I've been in three Nationwide races. But this will be fun. My mom and dad will be a nervous wreck but we'll see what happens. I hope the OUT! Pet Care people will be pleased on Saturday. They really stepped up to put both of us in the race and I hope we put on a good show."