Ryan Truex has added four more starts to his 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. He will return to Joe Gibbs Racing and drive the #18 Toyota Supra.
JGR announced the news on Thursday, February 24. The team noted that Truex will take over the No. 18 Toyota Supra at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5. It will then return for three more starts – Martinsville Speedway on April 8, Darlington Raceway on May 7 and Texas Motor Speedway on May 21. Joe Gibbs Racing did not reveal the full list of Truex’s main partners for the part-time schedule.
“I am honored to compete in the No. 18 Toyota GR Supra with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season,” Truex said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing car is an absolute dream come true. Best of all, Toyota is sponsoring my inaugural race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next weekend. I can’t thank them enough, as well as Joe Gibbs Racing, for making this possible.
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Truex made his 2022 Xfinity Series debut at Daytona International Speedway, but with a different team. He joined Sam Hunt Racing for the Beef. That’s what’s for dinner. 300 and finished 12th overall in the #26 Toyota Supra.
Truex spent 2 part-time seasons with JGR
The New Jersey native has played on various teams in all three National Series during his NASCAR career. The list includes Sam Hunt Racing, Niece Motorsports, Kaulig Racing and BK Racing, among others. He also joined JGR for two seasons part-time.
Truex made six starts for JGR during the 2011 season, starting with the Sept. 3 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he finished 11th in the No. 20 Toyota. He added top-10 finishes at Dover International Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Phoenix Raceway. His best result was a fourth place finish at Richmond Raceway.
Truex added seven more starts in the No. 20 Toyota during the 2012 season. He did not reach Victory Lane, but he achieved a career-best second place finish at Dover International Speedway on June 2 after winning Pole Award and led 43 laps.
Truex joins 2 other confirmed pilots of n°18
The veteran driver will be one of three drivers confirmed for the No. 18 in the 2022 season. He will join a driver who will be competing in the Xfinity Series for the first time and another who will be making his long-awaited return to NASCAR.
Drew Dollar, an ARCA Menards Series competitor, was the first to drive the #18 Toyota in 2022. He adapted for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, but crashed during Stage 1. Dollar will return to the stock car for three more races in its first season – Talladega Superspeedway on April 23 and October 1, as well as Daytona on August 26.
The only other confirmed driver for #18 is Trevor Bayne. The 2011 Daytona 500 champion will kick off his season Feb. 26 with the Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway. It will have Devotion Nutrition as its lead partner.
Bayne’s schedule will also include races at Phoenix Raceway (March 12), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28), Nashville Superspeedway (June 25), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July 16), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (October 15) and Homestead -Miami Speedway (October 22).
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