Camping World Truck Series

NCWTS: Ryan Truex Out at Hattori Racing, Now Looking for a Ride


It came as quite a surprise to many that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ryan Truex wouldn’t be returning to Hattori Racing Enterprises for the 2018 season.

Truex, the younger brother of reigning MENCS Champion Martin Truex, Jr had a very successful season with the organization in just his first full-time season in the series but now finds himself looking for a ride.

Despite not making it to victory lane the 25-year old earned 8 top-five finishes, 13 top-10s, 2 pole positions and finished 9th in the Championship standings.

Hattori Racing Enterprises Competition Director Mike Greci said it would be hard to move forward without Truex but their looking forward to Daytona and beyond.

“It’s difficult to move on after the effort Ryan put in and everything he did to grow our program to where it is now. I’ve worked with the Truex family for many years, but we had to make the best decision possible for everyone at HRE,” said Greci.

Truex has yet to comment, but finds himself in a situation he has been in before.

He didn’t have a ride for the 2015 season but returned in 2016 for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 81 for none other than Hattori Racing Enterprises. However, at that time, after running a handful of races Truex found himself on the outside looking in due to lack of sponsorship.

While much wasn’t said beyond HRE saying they had to make the best decision possible it’s a wonder if yet again sponsorship was the issue, or if it was something else entirely.

Back in November, Truex took to his Twitter account thanking the team after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and stating he hoped he was able to return to the team for 2018. The only problem at the time was sponsorship.

HRE has yet to announce a driver or sponsors for 2018, but say they’ll announce both at a later date and be ready to go for the season opener at Daytona in February.

In the meantime, hopefully Truex can put something together for the upcoming season. After all he has shown he is one of the most promising young drivers in the series when given the chance to show what he can do behind the wheel.

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Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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