KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Martin Truex Jr. outraced his younger brother Ryan in Saturday's Nationwide race at Kansas Speedway, the first time that the brothers have raced against each other. Of course, you can't really fault Ryan. After all, Martin is a Sprint Cup Series driver, and Ryan -- the two time defending champion of the K&N Pro Series East Series -- was making his third career Nationwide start.
Ryan, a development driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, was entered in the No. 99 car formerly driven by Trevor Bayne, while Martin, who drives for MWR in the Cup Series, was entered in the team's part time No. 00 entry.
Martin finished fifth after having to go to the tail end of the line for a speeding penalty on pit road while running in the top five, and at times seemed more worried about Ryan's progress than his own.
Martin's enthusiasm for Ryan's race was evident early as he screamed "Hell yeah! Freaking awesome!" over his radio when Ryan benefitted from a caution that allowed him to get back on the lead lap.
"We're proud of what Ryan did today," Martin said. "A little bit of pit strategy hurt him at the end, but he did a fine job. Just fun to run upfront there. We had an up and down day. We had a pit road speeding penalty, had a couple bad pit stops -- pit strategy was kind of funny there at the end, but it all worked out. That was probably about where we were going to run, fourth or fifth anyway.
Ryan had a worse finish than he hoped for after getting some damage on a late restart.
"I had a lot of fun out there," Ryan said. "Made a few mistakes. We were running real good there and I got in the back of the 62 (Brendan Gaughan) or the 66 (Steve Wallace) -- one of them guys -- and ended up caving in the hood a little bit and had to come in and pit and fix it. That cost us a lot of spots and just had to work my way back up from there."
While Ryan ended up finishing 15th, one of those mistakes may have been drawing the ire of Kyle Busch, who yelled at his crew over his radio that Ryan needed to pick a line and that he was driving like Jennifer Jo Cobb, who finished 34th, six laps down. (On his way to winning the Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol in August, Busch punted Cobb out of the way.)