Martin Truex Jr’s Brother Lets Slip “Double Digits” Xfinity Plans Days After JGR Re-Signing

Published 12/19/2023, 6:25 AM EST

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For Ryan Truex, 2024 is all about converting the chances. The part-time Xfinity Series driver won his first major NASCAR race in Dover earlier this year. Utilizing the momentum to cement his place in the second-tier competition, Truex has revealed his agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing that will see him driving more races in the No.19 Toyota GP Supra.

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2024 will be Ryan Truex’s third year as a part-time driver for Joe Gibbs. In 2023, he started in six Xfinity Series races and had three podium finishes. Riding on that momentum, Ryan recently spilled the beans on his next season at JGR. Appearing on the Money Lap Live podcast, the driver gave fans a glimpse into his upcoming year, hinting at a double digit appearance.

Part-time Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ryan Truex will feature in more than nine races in the Xfinity Series

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Last week, Joe Gibbs Racing announced its Xfinity Series lineup for the 2024 season. While the team revealed some new arrivals like Sheldon Creed, the No.19 seat received a unique blend of drivers. Apart from Ryan Truex, rising sensation William Sawalich, Joe Graf Jr, and Taylor Gray will share the No.19 throughout the season.

Being the winningest team in the competition, JGR has tried to combine experience and young blood for the 2024 season. It will field two full-time drivers and two part-time seats that will see multiple drivers rotating their turns. Ryan Truex, 31, is the oldest driver in the mix and is set to be a mentor for his fellow JGR drivers on the team.

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Revealing his share of responsibilities in the No.19 for 2024, Ryan Truex spoke to his fellow Xfinity driver, Parker Kligerman. He said, “It will be more than a half run; it will be double digits.”

Ryan Truex has amassed a wealth of experience in NASCAR. Across the three national competitions, Truex has started in 189 races, including 26 in the Cup, 90 in Xfinity, and 73 in the Truck Series.

The announcement comes after Truex’s solid display in 2023. He earned a first NASCAR win at the Dover Motor Speedway and podiums at Phoenix and Atlanta to secure a bigger contract for 2024. On the flip side, although elder brother Martin Truex Jr had his share of success in 2023, he couldn’t end the year as well as he would have liked.

Martin Truex Jr had a topsy-turvy season in 2023

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Martin Truex Jr had to endure a tough season in 2022. Owing to the same, he was pondering a retirement in 2023. While the speculations of his retirement continue to float around even now, the discussion has lost considerable strength. In 2023, Truex Jr had three wins, nine top-5s and 17 top-10s. He led 899 laps throughout the year and even claimed the regular season championship, showcasing his consistency in the No. 19 car.

Following the first round of the playoffs, any regular NASCAR fan would have had Martin Truex Jr among his favorites to win the championship. Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Kyle Larson were among the prime candidates to win the championship race. However, Martin Truex Jr’s season worsened as the playoffs progressed. He failed to start in the Round of 8 and succumbed to 11th place finish in the final standings.

On the personal front, Truex Jr also had to deal with a personal loss as his longtime partner Sherry Pollex untimely passed away following a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer in September.

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Overall, the year hasn’t had much to look back on for the 43-year-old. That being said, hopefully, the Truex siblings can set the tracks on fire in 2024!

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