Ryan Truex will have the opportunity to qualify for the Daytona 500 with Tommy Baldwin Racing.
TBR announced Wednesday that Truex will run the No. 71 Chevrolet during Speedweeks next month. The entry is not locked into the race, meaning Truex will have to earn his spot either through his qualifying time or one of the Can-Am Duel races. This is his second attempt at making the Daytona 500 after failing to make the show in 2014 with BK Racing.
“I am very thankful to TBR and Tommy Baldwin for this opportunity and can’t wait to get to Daytona and back in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car,” said Truex, who is the younger brother of 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. “The pressure is on to make it into the race, but Tommy is a true racer, and I know he will put everything into the car to give us a great shot.”
Truex has not announced his plans for 2019 after competing in the Xfinity Series last season with Kaulig Racing. Kaulig announced in December it will have Justin Haley as its driver this year.
“I’m excited to have Ryan back in a Tommy Baldwin Racing car,” said Baldwin. “We had success at Daytona in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the past. I’ve known the Truex family a very long time, and it’s special that we’ll be able to compete in the Daytona 500 together, and hopefully, more races as the year goes on. We are still in search of a primary sponsor that we’re hoping to put together in time to give TBR a great run this year.”
TBR plans to run a limited schedule this season with hopes of being a full-time team in the future. A crew chief for the No. 71 has not been announced.