This one came out of nowhere.
Hattori Racing Enterprises announced that Ryan Truex, the brother of NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr., won’t return to the Camping World Truck series team in 2018.
The circumstances that lead to the announcement are confusing. Hattori, in a statement, said “it’s difficult to move on after the effort Ryan (Truex) put in and everything he did to grow our program to where it is now.” But then Motorsports.com, in a tweet, said it was Truex’s decision to leave the team.
Regardless, it’s a dramatic turn for a driver who Truex, who had a career-best ninth in the series. He also won two poles, had eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, and that included a second place finish at New Hampshire.
Truex is the second driver with championship pedigree to lose his ride in the last month. Jeffrey Earnhardt, nephew of Dale Jr., lost his Cup Series ride and is still jobless.
The team, in its press release, said it would make announcement on its driver and sponsor at a later date.