Ryan Lawler Signs with TRG Motorsports for Texas Truck Race Lone Star State Native Will Race In Front Of Hometown Crowd on October 31st CONCORD, NC (September 19, 2008) -- Kids who grow up in Texas dream of playing at Texas Stadium and...
Ryan Lawler Signs with TRG Motorsports for Texas Truck Race
Lone Star State Native Will Race In Front Of Hometown Crowd on October 31st
CONCORD, NC (September 19, 2008) -- Kids who grow up in Texas dream of playing at Texas Stadium and leading the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl. Instead of dreaming of running out of the Texas Stadium tunnel and onto the field with the Cowboys' trademark star on his helmet, 21-year-old Ryan Lawler had different ambitions -- and different helmets -- in mind when he used to daydream as a Texas Youngster.
For Lawler, there would be nothing better than to put on a racing helmet at the hometown racetrack, Texas Motor Speedway, and a couple hours later, remove that helmet in victory lane.
To help achieve that goal, Lawler has teamed-up with TRG Motorsports, already a winning organization on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, for the Chevy Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, October 31st. The facility is just a few miles from Lawler's hometown of Colleyville, Texas.
"I am pumped up to get back behind the wheel of a truck," said Lawler. "I ran six races earlier this year with Bobby Dotter and Green Light Racing. We have some sponsorship backing now, and we are going to run a least the Texas event with TRG Motorsports. Hopefully we can run another race in the #7 truck after that (for TRG). But for now, we're just really excited about this opportunity."
Lawler heads to Texas, having turned many heads inside the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in his limited starts to date. The 2006 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South tour champion made the move up the racing ladder this season in the form of the Craftsman Truck Series. For the young driver, there would be no place better than to earn a victory at the track located just a quick drive from his boyhood home, where he dreamt of victory at an early age.
"I grew up ten minutes from the racetrack," said Lawler. "All my friends will be there; we got a bunch of tickets last time and gave them out to my friends and family. I used to race Bandoleros and Legends cars at Texas, so it's really cool to come home to race."
TRG Motorsports has already produced a wining combination, as one of the organization's trucks went to victory lane at Mansfield Motorsports Park earlier this year. They have also scored a total of five top-10 finishes in the highly-competitive Truck Series.
"TRG is an awesome team to race for, especially since they have already won a race this season," said Lawler. "I got to meet a lot of people in the shop and everyone has been real nice. I think this is going to be a good deal for us."
The Texas Motor Speedway event will be just another chance for Lawler to gain valuable seat time on the large super-speedways in the upper levels of NASCAR. As a distinguished short tracker in his brief career, winning the PASS South title as well as the prestigious Winchester 400 in Indiana last season, Lawler will not only hope to improve on his 18th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year, he will hope to gain the experience necessary to prove he belongs in the top-tier series.
"You don't even know how tough it has been to get used to this," added Lawler. "Just a few years ago I was racing 30-40 times a year. This season I have made six starts in the Truck Series and a few Super Late Model Races on the side. It makes you value every race so much more."
The Chevy Silverado 350K at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for a 9pm ET green flag live on SPEED.