Family affair: Truex brothers right at home in Dover

DOVER — The Truex family is back at their home track — both of them.

While Martin Truex Jr. has established himself as a championship contender the last several years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, his younger brother Ryan Truex has been waiting to break through.

After a few seasons of bouncing around in part-time rides, Ryan Truex is racing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series this year. He will be competing tonight in the Bar Harbor 200 Presented by Sea Watch International (5:30 p.m.) as the racing action gets underway at Dover International Speedway.

And its a big moment for the Truex family, who are from Mayetta, N.J., and grew up attending races at the Monster Mile. Their father Martin Truex Sr. is one of the owners of Sea Watch International.

Not only is it sponsoring the race, it also sponsors Ryan Truex’s No. 16 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series.

Martin Truex Jr. raises the trophy after winning the race at Dover International Speedway in October. (Delaware State News file photo)

“It’s really cool to see them growing to the point where they can do things like that,” said Martin Truex Jr. “They have a presence on Ryan’s truck this year, which is great for him obviously trying to get his career going. To be able to do Dover, our home track, Sea Watch headquarters is just down the road, that’s a perfect fit.”

Ryan Truex

“When I was a kid that company didn’t even exist,” he added. “It’s definitely cool to see how far it has come in the last 12-15 years.”

With the Camping World Truck Series races not always running the same weekend or tracks as the Monster Energy Series, the Truex brothers are always excited when they can spend time with one another like this weekend.

Martin Truex Jr. enters the weekend as the Cup Series points leader and a pair of wins under his belt. He also won the last race at the Monster Mile, back in October.

The Monster Energy Cup Series race, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Ryan Truex is in ninth-place in the truck standings with three top-10s through the first five races.

Ryan Truex is a two-time K&N Pro Series champion, but his career was hurt by lack of sponsorship as he struggled to move up the ladder through the different NASCAR Series. One of his best moments did come at Dover, though, when he finished second in a XFINITY Series race in June 2012.

The 25-year-old has competed in 26 career Cup Series races but has not been able to find a ride since 2014.

Martin Truex’s success in the Cup Series hasn’t stopped him from helping his younger brother whenever he has the chance.

“He has been an inspiration to me over the past few years, especially since we both have had struggles during this time.” Ryan Truex said. “It feels so good to have his experience to lean on, I can ask him about anything and it has helped me advance so quickly.  I can’t put a price on that. If we are at the same track he watches me practice and then we discuss how it’s going.”

But since they are in different series, the brothers won’t be able to face off against each other on the track at Dover. Ryan Truex has an idea who would win if that was the case however.

“If we had NASCAR Camping World Trucks that were equally matched,” Ryan Truex said. “And I raced against him at Dover International Speedway…I would beat him for sure.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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