Ryan Truex will return to the seat of the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway to drive the car in Sunday’s AAA 400. It’ll be Truex’s third race in the No. 51 this season. His previous two starts in the car came with James Finch as the owner of Phoenix Racing, but the team is now owned by Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr.
“I can’t wait to get back in the seat of the No. 51 Shooters Sporting Center Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Dover,” Truex said. “I am grateful to Harry Scott Jr. for the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I’m going to make the most out of this opportunity.”
Truex’s two previous starts in the No. 51 came at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway in August and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway earlier this month. His best finish was 35th at Richmond. Those are his only two-career starts at the Sprint Cup level, to date.
Truex also has 35-career starts in the Nationwide Series, most recently in 2012, that have produced two top-fives and nine top-10 finishes. Previously, he claimed a pole starting spot in a 2012 Nationwide race at Dover.
“I love racing at Dover,” Truex, a Mayetta, N.J., native, said. “It is my home track in the national series. The Monster Mile’s high banks are fun to drive. I’ve had a lot of success competing there.”
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