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Team owner Shigeaki Hattori on Monday confirmed to Motorsport.com and Catchfence.com that the younger Truex will compete full-time in the No. 81 Toyota this season.
Truex, 24, ran 15 races with the team in 2016, finishing with one top-five and four top-10 finishes, with a best finish of second in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
A crew chief has not been named for the team as yet, Hattori said. The team is now based in Lakeside Park in Mooresville, N.C., after relocating last month.
Truex won back-to-back NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championships in 2009 and 2010 with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Outside of his K&N seasons, Truex has never been able to complete a full-time season in any NASCAR national series season.
He has also made 26 starts in the Cup series and 39 in the Xfinity Series.
“I haven’t had a shot yet in my career to run full-time in any of the national series for a championship. I felt like this was my best shot so far,” Truex told Motorsport.com last season when he began the year hoping his run with Hattori would materialize into a full schedule.
“I feel like I am going to keep getting shots like this.”
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