Ryan Truex will pilot the No. 11 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Kaulig Racing.
Truex, who finished ninth in the 2017 Camping World Truck Series standings following his first full season of competition, will continue his progression with the Matt Kaulig-owned team in 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to be making the move back into the Xfinity Series,” said Truex. “In just two years Kaulig Racing has proved to be a highly competitive team each race and it should be a great fit. Last season I saw a lot of improvements in my racing and hopefully this year I can continue the success Kaulig Racing has built and competed for the championship at the end of the year.”
Truex, 26, is the younger brother of NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. He replaces Blake Koch who qualified for the NXS Playoffs the last two years but failed to win a race.
Truex posted eight top fives and 13 top 10s in 23 starts last season. He won the pole at Chicagoland Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Truex has 39 NXS starts including a career-high second-place finish at Dover in 2012.
“When we started this team two years ago I knew we had the potential to be one of the strongest teams in the Xfinity Series and I think we’re within reach of that goal. Ryan is going to be a great addition to the team and I have some high hopes for this season. Each year we keep improving as a team and I think this season we’ll be able to get some wins and make another run in the playoffs. Everyone at Kaulig Racing is excited to have Ryan on board and it should be a great, fun year.”