We now know why Ryan Truex won’t be returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2018 season. Last week, the team he drove for last season announced they would return to the series for 2018 but Truex wouldn’t be their driver. Everyone at first thought that this was a sponsorship issue that Truex didn’t have any funding and despite having his best season to date would be out of a ride. Instead, it was Truex who would be leaving on his own terms and now we know why.
In the midst of off-season expansion, Kaulig Racing announced today that Truex will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet for the full 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. Truex is coming off a ninth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver standings. The younger brother of current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion Martin Truex Jr. also has two back-to-back NASCAR K&N East Series Championships as well as multiple years of experience in NASCAR’s premiere series.
“I’m extremely excited to be making the move back into the XFINITY Series,” said Truex. “In just two years Kaulig Racing has proved to be a highly competitive team each race and it should be a great fit. Last season I saw a lot of improvements in my racing and hopefully this year I can continue the success Kaulig Racing has built and compete for the championship at the end of the year.”
Two years after breaking into the NXS, team owner Matt Kaulig is excited about his team’s fast-paced growth in the sport. With back-to-back playoff runs as well as two stage wins and one pole award in the team’s short history, Kaulig sees promising opportunities for this season with Truex behind the wheel.
“When we started this team two years ago I knew we had the potential to be one of the strongest teams in the Xfinity Series and I think we’re within reach of that goal. Ryan is going to be a great addition to the team and I have some high hopes for this season. Each year we keep improving as a team and I think this season we’ll be able to get some wins and make another run in the playoffs. Everyone at Kaulig Racing is excited to have Ryan on board and it should be a great, fun year.”
Truex will make his debut for Kaulig Racing at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday February 17 th , 2018. A sponsor announcement regarding Truex will be made shortly.