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."
FORT WORTH, Texas -- People love a good underdog story. Chances are, that opening sentence made some of you reading this chant, "Rudy! Rudy!" under your breath, but what about when you're the one being overlooked, cast aside and not given your due? That's the position Martin Truex Jr . and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team find themselves in -- despite being third in points with three races left in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The veteran explained that it's a double-edged sword Friday at Texas Motor Speedway , site of Sunday's AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). "There's two sides to it. I really enjoy the underdog role; it's really cool and I think for a lot of reasons, if you look at our race team, we are an underdog," said Truex , who earned his Chase berth with a win in June at Pocono. "I've never been in a championship battle in this series. I've got a rookie crew chief. We're a single-car team in Denver. There's a lot of reasons why we do fit the mold of an underdog. "At the same time, I get frustrated sometimes because I feel like what we've done this season gets overlooked and people have short memories. We were second in points in the summer and we've had a really good season. There's a lot of times where I'd like my team to get a lot more credit than they have. Sometimes I'd like to get a little more credit as a driver, but at the end of the day, that's not what really matters. What really matters is us coming out here and doing our jobs." Truex has quietly performed at a consistently high level all season. Be it his overall reserved demeanor or ability to stay out of the dramatic spotlight some of the other high-profile drivers have found themselves in, Truex's name doesn't seem to be mentioned as often as the rest of the front of the pack, despite the fact he's performed better than most of it. Especially when it comes to title talk, Truex is all but forgotten from the general conversation. It's odd, because at this point with a trio of races left, the New Jersey native's stats -- one win, eight top fives and 21 top 10s -- eclipse those of 2014 Ryan Newman , who finished second at Homestead and nearly took home his first title. Truex has managed an average finish of 9.0 during the Chase -- for comparison, three-time 2015 Chase winner Joey Logano 's is 8.43 -- but next to nobody is deeming the 78 team title-worthy. Even The Chase Grid Battle Powered by Bing forecasts he'd be out of contention before the Eliminator Round, and only 59 percent of Chase Grid Battle players that made picks for Homestead have him advancing. Yet here we are. Still, Truex is determined to improve on his finishes. "I don't think it's good enough. I think we'll need to improve for sure, unless we have some crazy stuff happen again in the next two weeks, which is highly unlikely," Truex said. "I think, for us, I don't think ninth will be good enough. I also think almost every race in the Chase besides Martinsville and Talladega, we've run better than we've finished and we need to change that. If we can finish the way we've been running, I think we'll be in good shape. Texas and Phoenix are two good tracks for us. We tested out in Phoenix a month or so ago and we were really fast. "For us, it's really all about our expectations of ourselves and we're going to be disappointed if we don't perform at the level we know we're capable of. We've got three to go and we'll see what happens. We're having fun with it and hopefully we can get the job done to the best of our abilities."
RELATED: Junior leaves Newman stranded at the airport Joey Logano and crew had some logistical issues getting out to Phoenix International Raceway -- namely, they didn't have a ride. Logano wound up hitching up with Dale Earnhardt Jr . , known for taking other drivers on his plane to the race weekend, who was on his way out west with fiancée Amy Reimann and Logano's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Martin Truex Jr . and his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. In other words, the Team Penske driver was the fifth wheel. "We just rode up there. Truex was on there and their girlfriends and fiancées were there, so I was hanging out, just fifth-wheeling it," Logano said Friday at PIR. But hey, there were some friendly pooches on board, so at least he had some company. What could go wrong? "The dogs were on (the plane), the dogs were cool," Logano said. "One of the dogs got sick, that wasn't so cool. It was a little stinky but it was OK." Our money's on Gus. RELATED: Junior’s new puppy poops in Truex ’s bus Hilariously, Logano and his wife wound up watching the classic travel miscue film, 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' starring John Candy and Steve Martin. "We were watching 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' which is ironic because team plane broke," Logano said.
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: Race results " Final standings " Race recap HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Martin Truex Jr . and his Furniture Row Racing bunch didn't mind the perception as the clear underdogs among the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contenders. It didn't mean they were content just to be among the elite final four. Despite his team trying alternate strategies and working to find finesse on a finicky track, Truex's bid for his first premier-series crown fell short Sunday with a 12th-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , leaving him fourth in the final Sprint Cup standings. "The odds were against us, for sure," said Truex , who led just three of the 267 laps. "You know, obviously really proud of everybody, like I said, and you know, we didn't come here saying we were going to be OK finishing fourth. We came here and really tried everything in our power, everything we knew how to do, to put together our best performance. It just wasn't in the cards for us." Truex's best season in NASCAR's top division came to an unsatisfying end, fraught with handling woes as the race transferred from daytime to nightfall. "This is frustrating, man. We're terrible," Truex told crew chief Cole Pearn after the No. 78 Chevrolet failed to break back into the top 10 after the team's next-to-last pit stop. It was the theme of the night for several teams battling their car's temperament, but few had as much at stake as the Colorado-based single-car team. "For whatever reason, we just didn't have a good handle on it from the time we started race practice yesterday," Pearn said. "I don't know. Something about this car or what for this track, I don't know. Mile-and-a-halfs have definitely been our strong suit and for whatever reason, we could not move the needle all weekend. "The race was what it was. We tried to make the best of it and threw everything we could at it, but it just wasn't our weekend by any means." An omen might've come during a Lap 137 pit stop, when a fluke spark from a lug nut on the left-rear tire change triggered a flash fire, keeping the fueler from filling the tank. The team recovered, thanks to a quick yellow flag that followed, but the handling issues persisted. WATCH: Truex's car catches on fire during pit stop With the team struggling to gain ground, Pearn gambled on a two-tire stop during the next-to-last yellow flag when the rest of the title contenders took four. The call for track position vaulted the No. 78 to the lead on Lap 169, but the strategy backfired as Truex dropped through the running order on the ensuing long green-flag stretch. "We were just trying -- we had to try something," Truex said. "We weren't getting anywhere. We made just about every adjustment we could possibly make on our race car and never really seemed like we could find that speed, so we were just taking some gambles. We did two early and it worked out for us pretty well. We did two later on and the race went green longer than we had hoped and we probably lost two spots because of it. "But I think all in all at the end of the day, net‑net, we kind of ended up where we should have. We just didn't have the speed, so we were trying to gamble on some things and trying to get some track position any way we could, just couldn't hang onto it." Despite any possible letdown in the finale, the team celebrated plenty of firsts. Truex and Furniture Row each savored their highest season-long finish in NASCAR's premier series, with Truex setting career-bests in top-five finishes, top-10 finishes and laps led -- all under the guidance of a rookie crew chief. "I'm extremely proud," Pearn said. "I mean, we won a race, had 22 top 10s, we finished fourth in points. If you'd told me that at the start of the year, I would've been very, very, very pleased. The good thing is, I'm really excited about our future. We're heading into a really good place with some good partners down the road and put this team in a spot that they've never been in before. Tremendous amount of things to be pleased for and really looking forward to the future." The future for the Barney Visser-owned team may keep the upward trend going. The team will likely return all key personnel and will shift from longtime manufacturer Chevrolet to Toyota in the offseason, aligning itself with Joe Gibbs Racing , this year's title-winning organization with driver Kyle Busch . Momentum from this season may also help as the team tries to do one better in 2016. RELATED: Furniture Row's Toyota move among several changes in Cup for '16 "I think this is great motivation for us for next year," Truex said. "I think that with the things we have coming and going to Toyota and teaming up with JGR and all that stuff, I think the future is bright for this team, and we're keeping all our guys together, and hopefully this is our first season battling for a championship but not our last. I really feel strong that this is a special group of guys, and if we can keep that together for hopefully the rest of my career, I'd love to drive for them. "We'll just have to wait and see what happens. You never know what the future holds, but excited already about next year, and I think we'll be back here in mid‑December testing already for next year. Not a whole lot of rest, and (I'm) looking forward to spending a week or so down here relaxing and having a few beers, catching a few fish and really just let it all soak in what we've been able to accomplish, and really proud of everybody on our team."
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Sitting outside along the shore of the speedway's infield lake and enjoying some down time with friends and extended family, Sherry Pollex was smiling and laughing Friday afternoon. Martin Truex Jr . was just inside their adjacent motorhome dressed in his racing suit having a small plate of a late healthy lunch and glancing at a NASCAR practice session on the television. Truex is one of four drivers eligible to win NASCAR's coveted Sprint Cup Series championship in Sunday's Ford 400, starting 11th here at Homestead-Miami Speedway . He is the bona fide high-achieving underdog having earned a shot at the title against retiring four-time champion Jeff Gordon , reigning Cup champ Kevin Harvick and another possible first-time Cup titlist Kyle Busch . All the best to our hometown @FR78Racing team, Driver @MartinTruex_Jr & Owner Barney Visser w/their championship race tomorrow!! — John Elway (@johnelway) November 21, 2015 For a couple on the verge of the highest-profile racing weekend of their lives, Pollex and Truex were remarkably calm and relaxed, their dog sweetly splitting time between the two. Pollex laying comfortably on a couch while Truex leaned back in a chair. Pollex had just gone through chemotherapy for ovarian cancer on Monday -- she gets the extreme treatment every 21 days -- and conceded she was tired and not feeling 100 percent even if she looked it. But she is also the kind of person who shall never give cancer an edge -- in its effect on her mojo or her natural all-American good looks. "We keep our lives really normal,'' Pollex said as Truex grinned proudly from the chair next to her. "My doctor will say, 'I know you, you just had chemotherapy but you're going to the race track and going to talk to everyone.' And I just say, 'of course I am.' "It's not my weekend, it's not about me having cancer. It's about him and the first opportunity in his life to have the biggest weekend of his career and win a championship. We're going to focus on that. We don't even talk about cancer at all.'' Truex is her greatest supporter and for this special championship weekend, she is eager to return the favor again. It's actually a remarkably well-working, mutually beneficial support system. Truex is on the verge of his greatest career achievement and despite the rough treatment and tough diagnosis eager to suck the liveliness out of her, Pollex is eager and enthusiastic to enjoy this special situation -- a lesson in living the day. No matter what happens in NASCAR's big finale, they are both huge winners. "I think it's definitely easier when your team is running good,'' Truex said of his Denver-based Furniture Row Racing operation. "I have 100 percent confidence in my team and every time I come to the race track it's stress free. I know we're going to run well. The stuff I do away from the track really has no bearing. "It's real easy to put on your helmet, focus on your driving. You know what you have to do. The stuff away from the track really has no bearing at all on how we run. At least for me, when I get to the track, I focus on that. Even with everything we've had going on, it really hasn't changed the way I race." Even if it has greatly changed his life. "It is a new perspective,'' Truex said with a slight smile and sweet glance at Pollex. "I realize there's no reason to worry about this stuff (with Pollex) because it's something you can't control. It's easy to separate the two. In a lot of ways, having the distractions away from the track keeps your mind off racing and allows you to focus on it when you're back.'' Truex has certainly channeled his worry and energy this season. His Chevrolet has eight top-fives and 22 top-10s through 35 races. He won at Pocono Raceway in June and it has been a career year by all judgments whether Truex leaves South Florida with a big new trophy or not. But interestingly, instead of using the most heart-wrenching of circumstance as a crutch, Truex has used it to inspire and achieve. Instead of being distracted and deterred, he has used his situation and Pollex's illness to succeed and to live. No matter what happens in the NASCAR season-finale, Truex and Pollex are the big winners.
Ryan Truex cuts down a tire and ends up in the wall.
Bowman has not yet made a Sprint Cup Series start; Truex has three career Cup starts
Ryan Truex , Timothy Peters, and Ross Chastain all crash as a result of Truex flat tire.