A few weeks back when my brother made his first start in the Nationwide Series, I said it was a big weekend for the Truex family. Then two weeks ago at Dover, I found myself saying it again as Ryan won his second-straight K&N Pro East Series championship. Well, thanks to Diamond Waltrip Racing, another major event happened a lot earlier than the Truex family expected. On Saturday, my parents watched Ryan and me race against each other for the very first time.
Ryan raced the No. 99 Out! Pet Care Products Toyota and I ran the No. 00 with the same sponsor. We had reversed paint schemes so we kind of matched out there on the track. It was the first time I had raced on an intermediate track in the Nationwide Series event in about five years so it was nice to return to the Series that pretty much put me on the map when it comes to NASCAR. I finished fifth. A couple of the guys were a little bit stronger than us. I had a speeding penalty on pit road that cost us a bunch of spots, but we raced back up there and got the top-five finish.
To be honest, I kept my eye on Ryan all day long. Every time he was ahead of me, he had to pit. And every time I was ahead of him, I had to pit. We never did get near each other to race head to head. That’s the only thing I really missed. I am so proud of him. He did an awesome job out there. He did exactly what he needed to do and got a solid finish. During most of my post race interviews, the media called me Ryan. That didn’t take long to happen did it?
All and all, it was a very busy weekend for me as I also did a lot of work promoting NAPA’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure program. I was happy to do it as it’s such a great cause and I hope we can raise a lot of money. I attended the Komen press conference on Friday and sat next to the “King” Richard Petty. Then on Sunday, our Honorary Pit Crew Member Bill Sims brought his wife Susan to the race to take part in his unique experience. It turns out she is a breast cancer survivor and in January, she will celebrate six years of being cancer-free. I think she loved our NAPA All Out for the Cure paint scheme as much as Bill did. She even took a flyer about our Signature Car promotion and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her name on my car at the Texas Motor Speedway race on Nov. 7. Don’t forget, if you are interested in participating in our Signature Car Facebook promotion, you still have until Oct. 11 to sign up. Just visit www.facebook.com/napaknowhow.
I am now off to Montana to do some white-tailed deer hunting with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and my best friend Adam (a.k.a. Dupree). I’ll share our adventures with you next week. On Thursday I go to Staunton, Illinois for a NAPA appearance before heading to California for the race weekend. It should all lead up to a good race weekend. I’ll be pulling double duty again and I hope to have a strong run in the NAPA Toyota. We had a fast car in the spring race before we had a mechanical issue. We should be good to go now! Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.