Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Nationwide Series will join Sprint Cup at Dover International Speedway this weekend. Last week, Nationwide coupled with the Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky.
When Nationwide last ran at Dover in June, Mayetta, N.J. native Ryan Truex nearly pulled off a win at his home track. Truex, the younger brother of Sprint Cup regular Martin Truex Jr., claimed his first pole in the series at Dover. He held the lead late in the race, but Joey Logano took the top position away from him when he was caught up in lapped traffic.
"I learned a lot in the spring, and it will really help me coming back this time," said Truex, who finished a Nationwide career-best second at Dover. "Plus, I know now not to run into lapped cars with five to go."
Truex will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Toyota for RAB Racing, which formed an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing earlier this year. He drove the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the spring race at Dover. He finished eighth and 18th in last year's Nationwide races there.
"Dover has always been one of my strongest tracks," he said. "Martin has taught me tricks over the years. Plus, I've always wanted to run well there, since it's my hometown race. After the June race, I now know the feel I need in the car and how to run the race to win for sure."
Truex, the 2009 Camping World East Series champion and 2010 K&N Pro Series East titleholder, has competed in nine Nationwide races this season. In addition to his second-place run at Dover, Truex has three other top-10 finishes for the year.
With six races to go, Elliott Sadler holds a four-point lead over defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Rookie Austin Dillon, who is Sadler's teammate at Richard Childress Racing, won last Saturday's race at Kentucky and moved to within 19 points of the lead.
Forty-six teams are on the preliminary entry list for the OneMain Financial 200. Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Logano are those Sprint Cup regulars scheduled to compete in this race.
Series: NASCAR Nationwide. Date: Saturday, September 29. Race: OneMain Financial 200. Site: Dover International Speedway. Track: one-mile oval. Start time: 3:30 p.m.(ET). Laps: 200. Miles: 200. 2011 Winner: Carl Edwards Television: ESPN2. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
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