Michael Waltrip Racing Signs Ryan Truex

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IApril 8, 2009

(Above: Martin Truex Jr. leans in to give his brother Ryan some advice prior to a Winter Heat race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.)

Another driver with the name Truex will soon be on the racing scene.

Michael Waltrip Racing has signed the 17 year-old brother of Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr., to a developmental deal.

Ryan Truex will be racing in the Camping World East Series starting this weekend at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.

Truex has raced in only one Camping World East Series event and finished 11th, not surprising since he was driving a car prepared by his older brothers' company, Dale Earnhardt Inc. 

General Manager for Michael Waltrip Racing, Ty Norris says that Ryan is ready to move onto the next level, and the Truex family already had the cars and engines, they just needed someplace to call home.

"Ryan has the bloodline and needed the opportunity, so we partnered in this entry. We heard he was aggressive and fast and we can't wait to see him compete," Norris said.

Ryan has followed in the family footsteps of racing at Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey and has won a speedway championship back in 2007.

He will now have the backing of Toyota and all the resources at his disposal from Michael Waltrip Racing. 

"Pairing with a racing organization like Michael Waltrip Racing and having [sponsor] NAPA Auto Parts on my Toyota is a great opportunity for me," Truex said. "MWR is really coming on strong this year in the Cup Series and I hope to learn a lot from just being there each week."

As Truex continues on his racing path, he may one day end up in the Sprint Cup Series racing his older brother. And NASCAR fans will have another generation of brothers to watch battle it out for bragging rights.

Source: ESPN.com