Truex Brothers Head Home

Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Truex

The Truex brothers have had memorable moments at Dover International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Martin Truex Jr. and younger brother Ryan head to their home track for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Dover International Speedway.

The Truex brothers grew up in Mayetta, N.J., located just 131 miles from Delaware’s one-mile concrete oval.

The high-banked speedway is special to both drivers in their own way, as it is the site of Martin Truex Jr.’s lone win in his Sprint Cup Series career and where Ryan captured back-to-back K&N Pro Series East championships in 2009 and 2010.

“The biggest thing is the amount of success I have had there,” Truex Jr. said. “Winning in 2007 was a huge day for me and my family. I just look forward to going back and trying to win it all over again.”

Along with the victory, Truex Jr. has earned two poles and four top-10 finishes in 12 career starts at the ‘Monster Mile.’

Currently sixth in the point standings, 49 points behind leader Greg Biffle, the driver of the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota is confident that he will contend for the victory in Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks.

“I feel like Dover is probably the next track where we have a real shot to get back to Victory Lane,” Truex said about his Michael Waltrip Racing team. “We did the tire test there a few months ago and had a really fast car.

“I always look forward to Dover, but definitely more this year with the racecars we have and the team that we’ve got right now. I know we will be fast. We’ve got a great game plan going in. I think we can win the thing.”

Younger brother Ryan will make his return to the Nationwide Series for Saturday’s 5-Hour Energy 200. The 20-year-old underwent an emergency appendectomy last Tuesday after experiencing sharp pains in his stomach. He has made a quick recovery and has been cleared to compete for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“I went to the hospital to find out that my appendix hadn’t burst, but needed to be removed,” Truex said. “The procedure went extremely well and I’m ready to get back in the No. 20 Grime Boss Toyota this weekend … I’ll just be a little lighter.”

Ryan Truex made two Nationwide Series starts at his home track last season, finishing 18th and eighth. He also made two starts there in the K&N Pro Series East, finishing eighth and third.

“I can’t wait to get out there in front of all my friends and family,” he said. “If we keep the car out of trouble on Saturday, I know we’ll be in contention in the end.”

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race starting at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Coverage of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks will begin at noon. Both races will be streamed live online at www.motorracingnetwork.com.

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