Turner Scott Motorsports announced today that Ryan Truex will be behind the wheel of the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The two-time consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) champion will pilot Turner Scott Motorsports' fourth entry in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with sponsorship from Bass Pro Shops.
Truex, who won the NKNPSE championship in 2009 and 2010, made his NCWTS debut in 2012, running two events and earning a best finish of ninth at Phoenix International Raceway. The 20-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native has two previous NASCAR starts on superspeedways, both in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Truex most recently earned an 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway in May of 2012, but finished 31st after being swept up in a late-race crash at Daytona earlier that season. Truex has a total of 35 NNS starts under his belt, collecting one pole and a total of two top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
"I'm really excited to be running for Turner Scott Motorsports in Daytona," said Truex. "It's cool to be able to start the season off running for a great team. The Turner Scott trucks led most of the race in Daytona last year, so there's no better organization to be racing for at that track. I'm really happy that Bass Pro Shops came on to help us. Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops is a good friend and he's done a lot for my brother [Martin Truex Jr.] and his career. It's really nice that he's able to help me out and get me started for 2013."
Turner Scott Motorsports boasted impressive stats in the NCWTS race at Daytona International Speedway in 2012, with Miguel Paludo, Nelson Piquet Jr. and James Buescher capturing the top three starting spots and leading 81 of 109 total laps. The team also captured the NNS victory with Buescher behind the wheel.
"We're very pleased to have a young talent like Ryan [Truex] in our Chevy Silverado," said team co-owner Harry Scott Jr. "Ryan has had a lot of success so far in his career, including his impressive back-to-back championships in the K&N Pro Series East. Turner Scott Motorsports' three trucks were the class of the field last year in Daytona, and I have no doubt that we can do the same with four trucks this season."
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicks off on Friday, February 22nd with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The 100-lap race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will air live on SPEED and MRN.