Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced Wednesday that Ryan Truex will drive the team's No. 98 Ford in three NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season. Truex , 23, will compete in the No. 98 starting Sept. 11 at Richmond International Raceway . He is also scheduled to drive at 1.5-mile tracks, Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 26) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 9). The three-race deal was facilitated through Biagi-DenBeste's partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports . Truex last competed in the XFINITY Series in 2012, driving for three different car owners. His most recent NASCAR national series action was last season, participating in 23 races for BK Racing . "I've had some time away from racing, and it's given me a chance to refocus on my career," Truex said in a release provided by Richard Petty Motorsports . "I feel more driven than ever to perform well and prove that I can race with the best in the sport. I'd like to thank the fans as well. They've been really supportive of me on social media, asking when I'll be back racing again. I'm looking forward to putting on a great show for them." Biagi-DenBeste has competed in 11 XFINITY races this season, with RPM teammates Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr . -- both Sprint Cup regulars -- splitting driving duties. The team's best finish in 2015 was Almirola's seventh-place effort in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway . "We're excited to join RPM in giving Ryan ( Truex ) this opportunity to get back to racing in the XFINITY Series," said Fred Biagi, team co-owner. "We've had fast cars this season and good results with both Aric and Sam; so hopefully, we can do the same with Ryan behind the wheel at Richmond."
Cutting-edge technology and a spirit for change intersected on Wednesday at Pikes Peak International Raceway as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr . gave rides in an adaptive stock car to paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals. Volunteers from Furniture Row Racing helped transform a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car (in this case the No. 78 Chevrolet SS) into an adaptive vehicle for people to drive if they have spinal cord injuries and disabilities. It was all part of the Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove RaceDay at the 1-mile track in Fountain, Colorado. "What an awesome day to be a firsthand witness to some incredible technology," Truex said in a team release. "Life is about giving back and Dr. (Scott) Falci and his partners are doing just that. To see the joy of the individuals I gave a ride to was very inspirational." Denver resident Stewart Lundy, a paraplegic, was one of the riders who got a chance to whiz around the track with Truex in the adaptive car. "And he ( Truex ) gets paid to do this!" Lundy said. "I need to reassess my life goals. That is probably one of them now. I loved every minute of it -- I'm coming down from an Adrenaline high." Falci Adaptive Motorsports is working to add racing as another adapted sport for the spinal cord and disabled population. Dr. Scott Falci is a neurosurgeon at Denver's Craig Hospital and he and his partners are spearheading the effort. One of the highlights of the day was a demonstration of smart glasses technology that enables individuals to drive a car or wheelchair with head movement. "Dr. Falci and his partners are developing life-changing technology, and we are thrilled to be involved in this altruistic endeavor," said Joe Garone, president and general manager of Furniture Row Racing .
Rookie has developmental deal with Richard Petty Motorsports RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Ryan Truex 's rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has not gone as he would have liked, and the 22-year-old has found himself out of a ride at BK Racing. Truex told The Press of Atlantic City , a newspaper in New Jersey, that he has parted ways with the team for which he drove the No. 83 Toyota in 23 races this season. He was on the initial entry list for this weekend's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway but has since been replaced by Travis Kvapil , as he was last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "I gave it my best effort and they gave me my first full-time Sprint Cup ride, and I'll always be grateful for that," Truex told the newspaper during an appearance at an annual fan event put on by his brother, Martin Truex Jr .'s, foundation. "But we decided it was time to part ways and move toward the future." In his 23 starts , Truex had an average finish of 35.6. His best result was a 20th-place finish in August at Pocono Raceway . "It's been an up-and-down season for sure," Truex said. "It was my first full season in any of the top three series ever, so it's been a learning curve for me. Being a rookie and being out there and getting the experience was the biggest thing." What's next for Truex ? He does have a developmental deal that he inked with Richard Petty Motorsports last year. The two-car organization has an opening in its Sprint Cup garage following the announcement earlier this month that Marcos Ambrose was leaving the team. "That's a long deal, it's a multi-year deal," Truex said. "Hopefully we can do something with it. There's a lot of things going on. I think I have a solid future with them." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Ryan Truex cuts a tire down and hits the wall bringing out the caution, and maybe a break for Kyle Busch at Bristol Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Full race results " See the 12 drivers who advanced Slated to roll off the grid ninth in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover, Martin Truex Jr . had to start from the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments on his No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing . Truex's car was on the grid during pre-race ceremonies when a NASCAR official was looking at the right rear wheel well and saw something they didn't like, according to NBCSN. The car had initially passed pre-race inspection. Truex's car was brought back to go through inspection and the team had to alter the rear opening. It took about 15 minutes, according to NBCSN. The car was rolled back onto the grid prior to pre-race ceremonies getting underway. The driver of the No. 78 rallied for an 11th-place finish, and he advanced to the Contender Round in the process -- although after the race, he was still perplexed by the ruling. "We didn't do anything the other teams don't do," Truex told NBCSN. "NASCAR tried to make an example out of us today for some reason."
RELATED: Bowyer falls in manure, smells like roses DOVER, Del. -- Clint Bowyer , introduced as the newest driver in the Stewart-Haas Racing stable for 2017 just two days ago, ended speculation about his 2016 plans Friday, announcing he will join HScott Motorsports for the upcoming season. The single-season move will keep Bowyer, 36, in the Chevrolet family while three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart wraps up his final season as driver of the No. 14 entry. RELATED: Bowyer, SHR a perfect fit HScott Motorsports , located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, currently fields Sprint Cup Series entries for drivers Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett . The organization works closely with both SHR and Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR's premier series, purchasing its chassis from SHR and engines from Hendrick. "What a whirlwind year, to say the least," Bowyer said. "… It's kind of weird, as we've gone through this together, there's always been that door, the one that opens the easiest, and Harry Scott was definitely that. Looking forward to the marriage that he has with Hendrick, with Stewart-Haas, (those are) very strong. … "Harry is a young, very aggressive owner that we need in this sport; to have this together and tie my name to HScott Motorsports is something I'm looking forward to and get back to my winning ways." Scott said the addition of Bowyer "will help us long term because he's basically going to be able to help us reset our program and set the bar higher going forward. "With his experience, his leadership and his enthusiasm, I think it will be contagious amongst all the team members. Going forward he will help us form an even stronger relationship with Stewart-Haas and that will obviously be beneficial to us." RELATED: Bowyer to join SHR in 2017 5-Hour Energy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer's entry for 24 of next season's 36 races. Scott started HScott Motorsports in 2013, running Allgaier, Ryan Truex , Michael McDowell and Kyle Larson in 11 of the season's 36 races. Allgaier was named the team's full-time driver in '14; Annett was brought on board prior to the start of the '15 season as the group added a second team. Allgaier is currently 30th in the points standings while Annett is 36th with eight races remaining. Scott said it was too soon to speculate on how the organization's roster would look for 2016, neither confirming nor denying speculation that Bowyer would replace one of the group's two current drivers. "We really haven't ruled out anything for 2016 or beyond," he said. "I'm not prepared to give you an answer for that because I simply don't know at this point." Friday's announcement closed the books on what has been a tumultuous season for the Emporia, Kansas, native. A little more than a year after announcing a multi-year contract extension with its driver, Michael Waltrip Racing announced in mid-August that Bowyer and the organization had "mutually agreed to separate" at the conclusion of the 2015 season as the team closes its doors. After slipping into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field as the final driver in the 16-team field, Bowyer's No. 15 team was hit with penalties in the opening Chase race, at Chicagoland Speedway , for suspension irregularities. The P4-level infractions resulted in the loss of 25 driver points for Bowyer and owner points for co-owner Rob Kauffman. Crew chief Billy Scott was fined $75,000 and suspended for three races. RELATED: Drivers on the move for 2016 MWR appealed the penalties, but on Wednesday the National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard the appeal and upheld the sanctions against the team. Bowyer is an eight-time winner at the Sprint Cup level but enters this weekend's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR), riding a 105-race winless streak. He is making his sixth Chase appearance and has a best points finish of second (2012). The specifics of the move, as far as car number and team personnel, have yet to be determined. "It's going to take hard work and dedication, it's going to take funding. We have to have all these and we (do) at HScott Motorsports ," Bowyer said. "I've got the best of the best; when you talk about equipment we've got Hendrick engines, we've got ties to the Stewart-Haas organization. These are the guys that are winning races and I now have that bond, that connection to this kind of equipment. For me as a race car driver, that's huge."
Ryan Truex cuts down a tire and ends up in the wall.
Martin Truex Jr. who was originally starting in 9th position is now forced to start at the back of the field after having to make adjustments before the race.
RELATED: NASCAR official release NASCAR issued P2-level penalties to Furniture Row Racing 's No. 78 Chevrolet team for infractions found during last weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway . NASCAR officials confirmed the punishment Wednesday, saying that first-year crew chief Cole Pearn has been placed on probation until the end of the year. The P2 penalty was decided after a further review of the violation this week at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. The No. 78 entry for Martin Truex Jr . was removed from the starting grid shortly before the green flag fell on Sunday's AAA 400 . NASCAR officials discovered issues with a flared wheel opening in pre-race ceremonies, and the team was required to fix the infraction in the Sprint Cup garage. "I didn't even see it, actually," Truex said of the last-minute repairs. "I was at driver intros and Marty Snider from NBC was like, 'Hey, your car's not out here.' I looked at ( Ryan ) Newman, he's like, 'Yeah, I just walked by it coming out here.' Then I saw on TV that it was back in the garage. I was like, 'Well, that's not good.' It actually wasn't as bad as you'd think. I felt really good about the race car we had going into the race. I obviously felt really good about Dover; I always do. Something about that track just gives me a lot of confidence, and they're like, 'We've got to go to the rear.' I'm like, 'No worries, we'll be fine.' "If anything it made me more focused. I was kind of mad about it for a minute, and then I was like, you know what you've got to do, just go do it, and we did it, so it was good." Truex was forced to start at the rear of the 43-car field, rallying to finish 11th and secure his spot in the Contender Round, the next three-race series in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs.
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