Ryan Truex - No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota / Weins Canada Toyota Tundra
The Right Time for a Road Course… Ryan Truex and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series take their turn at road course racing on Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The series’ lone road course event comes at the right time of the season for Truex to make a bold move in the championship standings with two races remaining before the playoffs begin. CTMP is often referred to as one of the “wild card races” on the schedule, and the driver of the No. 16 Don Valley North Toyota / Weins Canada Tundra is primed to take advantage of the opportunity by drawing on his extensive road course experience.
Road Racing Rap Sheet… The 25-year-old driver from Mayetta N.J. has one of the most diversified road racing resumes of any driver in the NCWTS. Most recently, Truex sat on the pole and led 26 laps in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Watkins Glen International last month. Truex has competed on road courses in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, and has two NKNPSE road course victories to his credit (2009 – Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park). He has made two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series road course starts, one XFINITY Series start, and one NCWTS start at CTMP in 2016 when he finished 21st. A third-career road course win would secure a slot in the NCWTS post season.
On Pace for the Playoffs…Sunday’s 250-kilometer contest is the penultimate race of the NCWTS regular season and is certain to impact the playoff field. Truex holds the eighth and final playoff position with a nine-point advantage over the cut line. Five drivers have secured a playoff spot with race victories, and Truex holds one of the three remaining positions based off aggregate points. Truex can reserve a spot in the NCWTS playoffs by parking his Don Valley North Toyota / Weins Canada Toyota in victory lane after 64 laps on Sunday afternoon.
Deep in Don Valley Country… For the second-consecutive year, Don Valley North Toyota joins Truex and HRE for the NCWTS’ trek to the Great White North. Truex will carry the red, white, and black colors of Canada’s No. 1 volume Toyota dealer since 1973, located in nearby Markham, Ontario. Their new, state-of-the-art 106,000 square foot automotive experience was built around one thing – their commitment to their customers.
Chassis Selection… Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the Don Valley North Toyota / Weins Canada team have prepared chassis No. 004 for Truex this weekend. Saturday’s practice sessions will mark the first time this truck has been on track all season. This is the same Toyota Tundra the team raced last year at CTMP, but it has been outfitted with a brand new front clip.
Tune In…NASCAR’s final road course race of the season will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday afternoon, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Pole Qualifying will be televised on FOX Sports 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday evening
Ryan Truex Quote:
On returning to road course racing...
"Ireally enjoy road course racing. I wish we did more of it in the truck series. I’ve had the chance to run and test at a lot of different road courses in a lot of cars throughout my career, so I always feel comfortable when we go road course racing. We ran the K&N (Pro Series) East race at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago, and I feel like that really helped to get us prepared for this weekend. The points race is tight, so we need to have another good run this week to put ourselves in a good spot for the playoffs, and hopefully grab a win. Road course races are so difficult to finish up front because of the different strategies and there’s more and more aggression towards the end. Hopefully we can put 64 solid laps together and get ourselves a win."