Ryan Truex Gets an Early Birthday Present of Six Nationwide Races

Horn FanSenior Writer IMarch 17, 2010

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ryan Truex (left), driver of the #00 NAPA Toyota, celebrates with his brother, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (right), after winning the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship after the NASCAR Camping World Series East Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway on September 25, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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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.