Ryan Truex: Rookie to Watch in the CARFAX 250

Camille Jones@annaxcamilleContributor IIIAugust 14, 2010

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14:  Ryan Truex, driver of the #00 NAPA Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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After a morning back-up in the tech inspection line before Nationwide series qualifying, Ryan Truex, driver of the No. 00 Toyota, stood by his car before almost half the field, not knowing whether or not he’d be racing in the CARFAX 250 later in the afternoon.

“I’m pretty confident we can make it in the race,” he said, smiling before taking his car out to the track for his qualifying lap on the two mile oval. “Its just a matter of going out there and doing what I do.”

And he did just that.

Topping the charts with a lap of 40. 308 and a speed of 178. 625 mph, the 18 year old younger brother to Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr, grabbed the pole until he was wiped to second by driver, Brad Keselowski.

“I just went into one and held it wide open,” Ryan said in an interview after holding the provisional pole before Keselowski took the track. He explained his time in the Nationwide series, seeing as it is only his second race as, “Just trying to make the best of it.”

Even though he’s starting second, he’ll be leading the pack on the front row next to the red, black, and white Dodge. He’s sure to be taking his car for a well-time around the track.

This 18 year old is definitely one to keep your eye on during this weekend’s race.