With a pair of top-10’s in the first two NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, it’s safe to say that Ryan Truex is off to a great start.
Despite being his first year with Kaulig Racing, the success shouldn’t be any surprise, though. Truex proved his ability last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, scoring 13 top-10’s en route to a ninth-place finish in the year-end standings for Hattori Racing Enterprises. Meanwhile, Kaulig Racing made the playoffs in 2017 with Blake Koch.
Although the partnership appeared to come together late in the off-season, it’s an opportunity Truex isn’t taking for granted.
“It’s been awhile since I had a team like this supporting me,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “For them to have the alliance with RCR and all the resources they provide, to be able to lean on all of that, being able to talk with their drivers on the weekend – to have all that in our back pocket is huge and something that I hadn’t had since 2011 when I was at Michael Waltrip Racing.
“I’ve gotten a lot of experience between then and now, and been in a lot of different vehicles, good or bad, but this is the best opportunity that I’ve had in a long time.
With the pieces in place for success, it’s no surprise that the team is focused on being even stronger moving forward, possibly breaking through for their first career win.
“Obviously, we want to win,” Truex said. “I think this team has what it takes to win. It’s going to take me getting to know my crew chief, and everybody getting on the same page, and what I need out of the car. We’ll have some more growing pains for sure, but we all want to win races.”
The thought of possibly scoring his first career XFINITY Series victory this year is “huge” for Truex, as he says it would be “great to show the world that I deserve to be here.” The next couple of weeks could be the right spot to make it happen, as he has had previous success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway.
Though when it comes to which track he’s excited for, the concrete banks of Dover International Speedway are on his radar.
“Dover is always a big one for me,” he said. “It’s my favorite track, my home track; I always seem to run well there. I like Richmond a lot; it’s been awhile since I’ve been there, but I’ve had good runs there, and I enjoyed that track. I think we can run well there. There’s a lot. I like road course racing, and we have four of them. I think there are a lot of good opportunities for us to run well and get a win.”
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