By Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie
It has been a great start to the 2018 season for Ryan Truex and Kaulig Racing. The duo, which came together in the offseason after the team parted ways with longtime driver Blake Koch, sits fourth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings after Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The 25-year-old driver guided his No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro to two Top-10 finishes (seventh at Daytona, ninth at Atlanta) to start the season, which marks the first time that Kaulig Racing has ever finished inside the Top-10 in two consecutive races. Truex isn’t satisfied and wants to make more history for the team this week in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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“So this weekend we’re at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We’re coming off of two top-10s in-a-row which is Kaulig Racing history so hopefully we can continue that streak and maybe get up in the top-five and battle for a win,” Truex said in a video released on the team’s YouTube channel.
Truex, understandably, is happy about his good finishes in the opening two races of the year, but he is really excited to see how things go in what he considers the first “true” race of 2018.
“This is really the first true test of our mile-and-a-half set up, I think,” Truex said. “Atlanta is so worn out that going to Vegas there’s a lot more speed and I think we’ll learn a lot more about where our car is compared to the competition.”
Although Truex has never recorded a Top-10 finish at the 1.5-mile speedway, he did start from the pole in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there a year ago and went on to finish 12th after slapping the wall in the closing laps while running inside the Top-five.
Expect Truex to have another good run Saturday, and if all goes well he may just have a chance at scoring Kaulig Racing’s first-ever victory in their history.
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Toby Christie is the Editor of TheFinalLap.com and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Christie is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has covered the sport as a media member since 2007. Christie began his love for NASCAR as a fan in 1993. You can Tweet Toby at Toby_Christie, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.