Phoenix Racing has a long history of providing opportunities for young drivers. Team owner James Finch assisted Ryan's older brother, Martin Truex, Jr., in the beginning stages of his career.
The Mayetta, New Jersey native has two Nationwide series starts at Bristol and most recently posted a Top-10 finish in the spring event in 2012. In his career, Ryan Truex made 35 Nationwide, three Camping World Truck and 22 K&N East starts, winning championships in every full season he has competed, including the K&N Series East Championship in both 2009 and 2010.
"I'm excited to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol," said Truex. "It has been tough waiting on the sidelines while I healed from my collarbone injury, but now I am ready to go and make my Sprint Cup Series debut. It's pretty awesome that it's coming at Bristol at the night race. This is a premier race on the Sprint Cup circuit.
"To have Richard Petty Motorsports and Phoenix Racing support me in this endeavor really means a lot," he said. "I'm excited for the rest of this year and my future with RPM."
Team owner Richard Petty is also anxious to see the 21-year-old make his Sprint Cup debut.
"It will be a big night for Ryan," Petty said. "He is a talented driver, and we look forward to his future with our team. We are working hard to find funding support to give him more opportunities behind the wheel."
Truex will make his first laps during Sprint Cup practice at noon Friday, August 23 and hit the track for final practice and qualifying that afternoon.