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Ryan Truex lands ride with Gibbs

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Ryan Truex has signed up to race for Joe Gibbs Racing.
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Ryan Truex will drive six Nationwide Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing this season, the team announced Tuesday.

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Truex will drive the No. 20 car Sept. 3 at Atlanta and then at Richmond, Chicago, Dover, Kansas and Phoenix. Sponsorship was not announced.

Truex, 19, has 17 career Nationwide starts with one top-10 finish. He is the two-time defending champion of the K&N Pro Series East.

Truex, the younger brother of Michael Waltrip Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., had started the year with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing. He had driven the previous two years with cars fielded out of the MWR shop but primarily owned by his father and brother.

“We’re thrilled to bring Ryan into our Nationwide Series program,” JGR president J.D. Gibbs said. “His family has a great history in our sport, and he has really proven himself with the opportunities he has had thus far in his young career. When you look at what he’s already achieved in the (East) Series and with the opportunities he has already had in Nationwide, we’re looking forward to him accomplishing great things for our team.”

Truex had originally hoped to run most of the season for Pastrana-Waltrip, but sponsorship didn’t pan out for him to run more than 10 races.

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