Ryan Truex -
Hometown: Mayetta, NJ
Residence: Cornelius, NC
Ryan Truex is continuing to make a name for himself in the top ranks of NASCAR by joining Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2016 to pilot their No.81 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry.
Truex has ascended to the top of the motorsports ladder by driving for teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Richard Petty Motorsports. RT made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in 2010 for Pastrana Waltrip Racing and piloted the No.99 entry on a part time schedule until late in the 2011 season.
Truex then drove the JGR No.20 and No.18 entries in 13 Xfinity Series races in 2011 and 2012 earning a pole and a career best 2nd place finish. Making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in 2013 for Phoenix Racing, Truex continued to compete on a part time basis for the team throughout the rest of the year.
In January of 2014, BK Racing approached Truex to drive their No. 93 Sprint Cup car in preseason testing at Daytona. They then tapped him to run the rest of the season in their No. 83 cup car.
After signing a developmental contract with Richard Petty Motorsports, Truex began running a part time schedule for Biagi Denbeste Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015. He was only guaranteed a handful of races in 2016 for the team and was granted his release to search for a more stable ride. Two weeks before the season opener in Daytona, Truex was offered the opportunity to race for HRE in a series he had 4 total career starts and had not raced in 2 years. RT caught everyone’s attention at the season opener in Daytona by leading an impressive number of laps and finishing in 2nd with his small underdog team.
Before competing in NASCAR’s top 3 national series’, Truex dominated the NASCAR K&N East Series. Picking up 5 wins and back to back championships in 2009 and 2010 before graduating from high school. Truex left his mark as one of the greatest drivers to ever compete in the series.
By bursting on to the NASCAR stage, RT has received such honors as being voted as one of five NEXT athletes by ESPN the Magazine and as a member of The Top 10 greatest drivers of the first 25 years of the NASCAR K&N Series.