ES: Martinsville: Ryan Truex preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Michael Waltrip Racing developmental driver Ryan Truex heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East UNOH Performance 200. This event marks Truex's debut at the historic track. After rebounding...

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Michael Waltrip Racing developmental driver Ryan Truex heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East UNOH Performance 200. This event marks Truex's debut at the historic track.

After rebounding to fourth place in points from his 14th-place season opener, Truex gained two more positions in the standings after his fifth-place finish at Iowa. The defending K&N Pro Series East Champion is looking to gain enough points this weekend to place him into the series' points lead. Truex intends on defending his 2009 championship again this year in addition to competing in select NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

Ryan Truex:

ON DEFENDING THE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: "I'm up to second in points now. Hopefully we can have a good run and get up to first. We just need to keep the car out of the fence. It's a tough track. Everyone uses their bumpers and the side of their cars there to try and drive by you so hopefully we can run up front and avoid a lot of that."

ON RACE STRATEGY: "It's 200 laps, you get two tires and you can come in whenever you want. I don't really know how we're going to do it. You can come in halfway and get gas and tires or you can come in later and get just gas and not tires. Track position is a big deal there. You want to be up front, you don't want to get funneled to the back because then you have to work through and there are always wrecks there. We don't want to end up with a torn up racecar so strategy is going to be a big deal. We'll have our work cut out for us, but I'm pretty confident my guys can figure it out."

ON MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: ""I've never actually been to Martinsville, so I'm excited. It has a lot of history. Hopefully we can get a grandfather clock. That's a really big deal. We've done well at every track we went to last year that was new. I think we'll be alright, I know we can be up there contending for the win."

* The 18-year-old driver is second in K&N Pro Series East standings, with 456 points. He trails leader Max Gresham by a mere 13 points.

-source: mwr

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Ryan Truex , Max Gresham
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing