Conventional wisdom says Ryan Truex (No. 00 NAPA Toyota) could be in trouble this weekend. After all, a rookie with virtually no road-course experience, heading to the high speed twists and turns of Lime Rock Park? Well, Truex turned conventional wisdom on its ear two months ago when he went to his first road-course race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and didn’t just run well; he out-raced noted road-course experts Patrick Long and Matt Kobyluck for the victory.
Now, the 17-year-old hits the second and final road course on the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Series East schedule in pretty good shape.
Not only does he bring the confidence from that performance, but he’ll start Saturday’s Mohegan Sun 200 with a 26-point lead over second-place Jody Lavender (No. 88 JoJo Ent./Custom Race Chassis Chevrolet).