Martin Truex Jr. will compete in Bristol Truck dirt race

Following his win in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway, Martin Truex Jr. verified that he will run in this month’s Outdoor camping World Truck Series race on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Truex will drive a Kyle Busch Motorsports entry in the March 27 race, one day prior to the Cup Series runs its very first dirt race because 1970 on Bristol’s high-banked half mile.

Addressing a preliminary concern on the topic, Truex stated he would “probably” do some type of dirt racing prior to the March 28 Cup race.

However another press reporter later on informed Truex that a person of his sponsors, Auto-Owners Insurance coverage, had exposed the Bristol Truck dirt race on its occasion schedule in an Instagram post.

“Damn, they spilled the beans?,” Truex responded to laughter. “Okay, yeah, we are. We’re going to run the truck race. … I’ll run Kyle’s truck. He said I could drive it for free, so I did it.”

Truex just has 2 profession Truck begins, one each in 2005 and 2006. Both starts were for now-defunct Billy Ballew Motorsports.

“I’m excited about it,” Truex stated. “I’ve only raced twice on dirt. Both of them were at (Ken) Schrader’s (track), having a charity race out in Missouri. I did that a few times in a modified. That was the only times I raced on dirt, after growing up on four-wheelers and motorcycles.

“It’s going to be a learning curve, for sure. I look at it as Bristol has been our worst track for the past couple years. Why the heck not lay down dirt and see what we can do? I think it’s going to be fun. New challenge, something different.”

Truex is the current Cup motorist to reveal strategies to run the Bristol Truck dirt race, signing up with Kevin Harvick with David Gilliland Racing and Chase Briscoe with Roper Racing.

Next weekend, Truex will make an unusual Xfinity Series look at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truex won the Xfinity titles in 2004 and 2005, however has actually not proceeded in the series because 2010.

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