Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that development driver Ryan Truex will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this Saturday night when he will take the wheel of the No. 51 Chevy SS for Phoenix Racing in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Phoenix Racing and the Truex family have previously worked together as the team was instrumental in helping Michael Waltrip Racing’s Martin Truex get his career going. Now Ryan gets his chance.
"I'm excited to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol," said Truex. "It has been tough waiting on the sidelines while I healed from my collarbone injury, but now I am ready to go and make my Sprint Cup Series debut. It's pretty awesome that it's coming at Bristol at the night race. This is a premier race on the Sprint Cup circuit.
"To have Richard Petty Motorsports and Phoenix Racing support me in this endeavor really means a lot," continued Truex. "I'm excited for the rest of this year and my future with RPM."
The 21 year old Mayetta, New Jersey native has a combined 60 starts in NASCAR’s lower divisions, the Nationwide, Camping World Truck and K&N Pro East series with five wins (all in K&N), 17 top-5 and 27 top-10 finishes. He has a pair of previous Nationwide starts at Bristol posting a top-10 finish in the 2012 spring event.
Truex signed a multi-year development deal with RPM earlier this year and now team owner, the legendary Richard Petty, is looking forward to seeing his first Sprint Cup start.
"It will be a big night for Ryan," said “The King” in a release. "He is a talented driver, and we look forward to his future with our team. We are working hard to find funding support to give him more opportunities behind the wheel."