While this will be Truex’s first appearance in the Truck Series, it will not be his first start at the famed Virginia paperclip. Truex has one K&N East Pro Series start at the half-mile track, where he started fourth, led 30 laps and brought home a second-place finish in the 2010 rain-shortened event. He went on that season to claim his second consecutive K&N East Pro Series championship.
Ryan will also become the third Truex family member to make a Martinsville start in one of NASCAR's three national touring series. Father Martin Truex, Sr. has three Nationwide Series career starts (Spring 1989 and Fall 1990), while older brother Martin Truex Jr. has 13 Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit. Martinsville Speedway is one of only three tracks on the current NASCAR national series schedule -- New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International the others -- where the all three Truex family members have competed in a national series event.
Truex will be the 10th driver to climb behind the wheel of the No. 27 Hillman Racing Chevy this season, joining Jeb Burton, Ward Burton, C.E. Falk, Brandon Knupp, Stephen Leicht, Ryan Lynch, B.J. McLeod, Travis Miller and Cole Whitt.