Ryan Truex, who won't race at Homestead, leads Nationwide rookie battle

Ryan Truex

NNSracing.com

Ryan Truex leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but he won't be able to defend his lead in the final race of the season, the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex took the lead after finishing eighth at Phoenix last weekend and carries a three-point edge over Timmy Hill and Blake Koch into this weekend's race.

But Truex isn't on the Homestead entry list and has to hope the complicated formula for determining the series' top rookie will tilt in his favor after Homestead.

The best 16 finishes counting toward the season title. It starts with points being awarded to each rookie relative to the others, but it also includes bonus points for a top-10 finish and for where a rookie finishes in the final season standings.

Plus, a panel judges each rookie based on conduct on and off the track.

Truex has raced in only 17 of the 33 Nationwide races to date, compared with 32 for Hill and 31 for Koch. But Truex has one top-five and five top-10 finishes in his limited action, while neither Hill nor Koch have a top-10 between them.

"I don't know if this is enough to take the lead or win it or what," Truex said after the Phoenix race. "I gave it my best and we'll see what happens. ...

"I had fun and hopefully we can get Rookie of the Year."

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join NNS Racing

You must be a member of NNS Racing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NNS Racing. You should read them.

Join NNS Racing

You must be a member of NNS Racing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at NNS Racing. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.