Ryan Truex turns 18 on Thursday, but he received his present from Michael Waltrip Racing a day early and he's ecstatic over it.
MWR announced earlier today that Truex will be running six Nationwide races in 2010 and they won't conflict with the K&N Filters Pro Series East schedule.
Truex will be running the full 10 race schedule, defending his 2009 title, trying to go back-to-back.
"I'm a racer and the best present anyone can give me is a chance to race," said Truex.
The team is still looking for sponsorship help for these six races and also for him in 2011 when he'll compete full-time in the series.
Truex will make his Nationwide debut July 17 at Gateway International Raceway and will also be in the following races: Michigan, Richmond, Kansas, the fall Charlotte race, and Homestead.
With this announcement it gives Diamond-Waltrip Racing in the Nationwide series two of the best up-and-coming young talents in NASCAR.
It also ensures that MWR could possibly have a bright future should they bring them to Cup down the road.
I'm not surprised by the announcement. I think he's actually better than sliced bread, he's a tremendously talented driver, and this kid is really for the move.
And happy birthday Ryan.