Ryan Truex’s rookie Sprint Cup campaign last season was, in a word, rough.
The younger brother of Sprint Cup veteran Martin Truex Jr. netted just one Top-20 finish, sustained a concussion, and had eight DNFs in 23 races before being released in September by BK Racing.
Ryan Truex seeks a solid ride as the 2015 season looms. In an interview with the Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), he said he was still working to attain funding for a program in either Cup or the Xfinity Series.
But if anyone can teach him how to deal with obstacles, it’s his older sibling.
In 2013, Martin was caught up in Michael Waltrip Racing’s race manipulation scandal at Richmond International Raceway, which ultimately led to his departure from that team. Last year, his fortunes didn’t get better at Furniture Row Racing – but that paled in comparison to having to watch his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, battle ovarian cancer.
Still, Martin has soldiered on, and Ryan is learning by his example.
“He knows a lot about overcoming adversity and getting through the up-and-down times,” Ryan said of his brother. “I think that’s something he’s really helped me get through, and he’s been by my side the whole time and believes in me. He’s done all he can to help my career.
“It’s good to have that in your back pocket, and having that last name doesn’t hurt either.”
In the meantime, Ryan hopes he’ll land somewhere – and is happy that a miserable 2014 is done with.
“I felt like we had so many opportunities to capitalize on some strong runs and just had a lot of bad luck,” Ryan said. “Michigan, for example, that kind of hurt having the [concussion] and having to sit out for a week.
“For sure, the most up-and-down year of my career, by far. I’m glad I can put it behind me and move on.”