Ryan Truex (born March 18, 1992) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.
A native of Mayetta, New Jersey, Truex won the 2009 NASCAR Camping World East Series Championship as a 17-year-old high school student at Southern Regional High School.
In the 11-race season, he finished the season with eight Top 5s. He had three wins at Watkins Glen, Thompson, and Lime Rock Park.
In 2010, he won his second consecutive Camping World East Series title in a Michael Waltrip-owned Toyota.
Truex competed in six NASCAR Nationwide Series events, beginning at Gateway International Raceway on July 17, 2010. Truex was intended to run for Rookie of the Year in 2011 with MWR. However, motocross stunt performer Travis Pastrana ran the #99 for 7 races.
Truex's plan was to skip ROTY and run 10 consecutive races in the Nationwide Series, then 20 races in 2012, though surgery forced him out of the 99 at Texas and was replaced by David Reutimann and team owner Waltrip, who drove at the restrictor plate tracks. Waltrip and Ryan's brother Martin also split time in the ride.
Childers owns a Shelby Mustang GT500. It was given to him by MWR co-owner Robert "Rob" Kauffman after he and driver David Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600. Reutimann also received a Mustang from the co-owner of MWR. Childers repeated the talents they used to win the Coke 600 to win Reutimann an upset Cup victory at Chicago.
After Reutimann went winless in 2011 the driver was released by MWR, to be replaced by Mark Martin and one of Childers' life-long friends, Brian Vickers. Rodney Childers and the team was renumbered to 55. Vickers won the #55 team a victory at Loudon.
Due to a lack of sponsorship in the 99 team, Truex was released from Pastrana Waltrip Racing after the STP 300. Truex returned to the Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, running several races late in the 2011 season.
In 2012, he drove for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, finishing 31st. He ran a limited schedule for JGR, while he also drove for RAB Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Kwasniewski was the fastest during the second day of Nationwide testing at Daytona International Speedway, and later entered the ARCA Racing Series' Lucas Oil 200 with TSM, and won the pole position. He finished 14th in the race. On February 21, Kwasniewski clinched the pole for the Nationwide season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300, becoming the eleventh driver in series history to win the pole in his first series start, and the youngest Nationwide pole-sitter at Daytona.