Ryan Truex - No. 16 Price Chopper / Bar Harbor Toyota Tundra
Time to Spoil the Party… Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 16 Price Chopper / Bar Harbor Toyota Tundra, rolls into New Hampshire during the hottest streak of his career with four top-five finishes in the last five races. Truex narrowly missed the cut of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs due to the tiebreaker last week, but has been one of the strongest drivers on the circuit over the last five events. He enters New Hampshire Motor Speedway ninth in the driver championship standings and is focused on one thing: spoiling the playoff party and earning his first-career NCWTS victory.
So Close to Home… NHMS has served as a “home track” of sorts for the Truex clan throughout the years, with the family’s rich heritage rooted in the northeast. Truex’s father, Martin Sr., made 32 starts at NHMS in the Busch North Series (now NASCAR K&N Pro Series East) and scored a victory there back in 1994. Truex has already carved out a staggering track record for himself at NHMS, with two wins, and four top-three finishes in four NKNPSE races. Truex has made one start in all three of NASCAR’s top-three touring series at NHMS, and will look take home his third-career victory in Loudon on Saturday afternoon.
Season to Date…The first full-time season has already been a success for HRE and Truex through the first 16 races of the season. Truex has compiled six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, one pole position, and has an average finish of 6.4 over the last five races. Truex is tied for the sixth most aggregate points earned though 16 of 23 races this season and has led 39 laps in the last two races. The No. 16 Price Chopper / Bar Harbor team resumes their quest for victory and aim to capture their first victory of the season at NHMS.
Welcome to Price Chopper… HRE welcomes Price Chopper to Truex’s No. 16 Toyota Tundra for Saturday’s UNOH 175. Race fans can find four locations in the state of New Hampshire and stores in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The Golub Corporation operates supermarkets under the Price Chopper, Market 32 and Market Bistro banners in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. They exist to help people feed and care for themselves and their families. As an innovative retailer of products and services, they recognize that consistently satisfying customers is the key to success.
Chassis Selection… Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the No. 16 team have prepared chassis No. 001 from the HRE stable. This chassis has made two previous starts this year, and most recently finished 16th at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
Tune In… Every time trucks are on track at NHMS, FOX Sports 1 will have live coverage from the Granite State. FS1’s coverage begins on Friday with two practice sessions at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying will roll off Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET and set the field for the UNOH 175. The 17th event of 2017 goes green at 1:00 p.m ET with FS1’s live coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Setup.
Ryan Truex Quote:
On the significance of the last seven races:
“This has been a great season for our whole team at HRE, especially for this being our first full-time season effort. We’ve consistently been a top-five team and have a great chance to win, so there is plenty to race for these last seven races. I would love to get a win this week for everyone at HRE, Price Chopper, Bar Harbor, and Sea Watch. We’ve run up front almost every week and we’re hungry for to get a victory this season.”
On returning to NHMS:
“I enjoy going to New Hampshire. It’s not too far from home and my family has a lot of history there, so I always enjoy going back. No matter what you’re running, you have to roll the center good there. That’s the critical part of the racetrack. The fastest trucks will be the ones that roll the center the best. The VHT definitely will change things and we’ll probably be running in it all weekend, trying to make the most grip as possible."