By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service
Ryan Truex makes only his second NASCAR Xfinity Series start at Atlanta on Saturday, but comes to the track full of confidence and well-earned optimism following a dramatic seventh-place finish in the Daytona season-opener after leading three laps late in the multiple-overtime race.
The 25-year-old younger brother of reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. heads to Atlanta ranked fourth in the championship. The top six in the Xfinity standings are separated by a mere 18 points and include new names atop the early championship board from leader Tyler Reddick to third-place Spencer Gallagher (-11) to Truex (-15), and sixth-place Kaz Grala (-18).
The series regulars stand to score substantial points at Atlanta with four-time NASCAR Xfinity Series race winner Kevin Harvick one of only three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars (also Joey Logano and Ty Dillon) entered for Saturday’s Rinnai 250.
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