Ryan Truex, No. 20 Chicagoland Post-Race Report

Ryan Truex, No. 20 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation/Schick Xtreme3 Toyota Camry

Chicagoland Speedway Post-Race Report

Chicagoland Speedway

American Muscle

Dollar General 300

September 17, 2011

No. 20 Notes of Interest

-Ryan Truex’s 13th place finish at Chicago, combined with his 11th at Atlanta and 4th at Richmond, make three consecutive top-15 finishes for him in the Nationwide Series. Truex was the fastest car in the first Nationwide Series practice on Friday, and qualified 4th for Saturday’s race.

-This was Truex’s first race working with crew chief Jason Ratcliff. The two worked well together, which proved crucial as the No. 20 spun on Lap 7 after close racing with the No. 88 of Aric Almirola. He restarted 27th after the caution flag and patiently made his way back up into the top-20 by Lap 19.

-Truex was battling a loose race car which prevented him from passing on the bottom. After some solid adjustments in the pits, he was able to push the No. 20 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation/Schick Xtreme3 Toyota into the top-10 on Lap 58. He settled into 13th position during the mid-section of the race, and the lack of cautions prevented him from moving up through the field.

-Truex will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 next at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 1. Dover holds special meaning to the Truex family as it is close to their hometown of Mayetta, NJ and is the track at which Ryan clinched back-to-back K&N Pro Series East Championships in 2010. He is also scheduled to drive at Kansas and Phoenix later this year.

Ryan Truex on his Top-15 Finish

“We had a top-10 car. We just spun at the beginning there and had to make our way back up. It was the same [situation] as last week; at mile-and-a-half tracks it’s a lot harder to make spots up than on a short track. We just battled back and forth between tight and loose.”

Truex on the Early Spin

“I don’t know if the 88 [Aric Almirola] got loose under me or what. It felt like I got hit in the left rear, but I don’t know if he just got loose and took the air off my car.”

Truex on Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing

“Everything is working right. They have fast cars every weekend. I just need to not start off these races with such bad luck. Last week it was the ignition. This week we spun out. We should have finished at least top-10.”

Race Notes

– Brad Keselowski, won the Dollar General 300 by 8.568 seconds over Carl Edwards.

– JGR teammate, Brian Scott earned his first career pole and finished 3rd, his career best NNS finish.

Aric Almirola and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top 5.

Time of race: 2:01:06

Cautions: 3 for 11 laps

Lead changes: 8

Attendance: 36,000

Race Results

1 Brad Keselowski

2 Carl Edwards

3 Brian Scott

4 Aric Almirola

5 Sam Hornish Jr.

6 Elliott Sadler

7 Jamie McMurray

8 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

9 Paul Menard

10 Reed Sorenson

11 Trevor Bayne

12 Jason Leffler

13 Ryan Truex

14 Justin Allgaier

15 Mike Bliss

16 Michael Annett

17 Kenny Wallace

18 Steve Wallace

19 Joey Logano

20 Mike Wallace

21 Jeremy Clements

22 Timmy Hill

23 Joey Gase

24 Kevin Conway

25 Eric McClure

26 David Stremme

27 Blake Koch

28 Morgan Shepherd

29 Robert Richardson Jr.

30 Scott Wimmer

31 Josh Wise

32 Derrike Cope

33 Kasey Kahne

34 Matt Carter

35 Mark Green

36 Scott Riggs

37 Carl Long

38 Johnny Chapman

39 Danny O’Quinn Jr.

40 Chase Miller

41 Dennis Setzer

42 J J Yeley

43 T J Bell

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