Ryan Truex to make Sprint Cup debut at Bristol

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Ryan Truex, the younger brother of current Chase contender Martin Truex Jr., will make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

Ryan was slated to make his first Cup start earlier this season for Phoenix at the Richmond spring race, but broke his collarbone around Easter and was unable to compete. Earlier this summer, he signed with Richard Petty Motorsports’ developmental program.

RPM is still looking for funding that can enable them to run Truex regularly, but are supporting him as he prepares for a formidable first challenge: Bristol’s infamous, high-banked half-mile.

“I’m excited to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol,” said Truex in a statement from RPM. “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. I’m excited for the rest of this year and my future with RPM.”

Ryan has raced part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the last few seasons and is a past champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

However, he has only raced once this year in any of the “Big Three” NASCAR national series – the Camping World Truck Series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, in which he finished 28th because of a crash.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.