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.
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual Motorsports Special. Among segments included will be:
1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
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