Tyler Ankrum took advantage when Brett Moffitt ran out of fuel with less than two laps remaining, scoring his first NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series victory Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Ankrum led 40 of the 150 laps — including the final two — in Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. The 18-year-old driver’s first win comes in just the 12th start of his Gander Trucks career.
Stewart Friesen finished second, 7.373 seconds behind at the checkered flag. Harrison Burton, Ross Chastain and Dylan Lupton rounded out the top five.
Sheldon Creed led the first 35 laps, taking the top spot from pole winner Grant Enfinger at the start of a relatively tame Stage 1. The second stage erupted with four caution flags, three of those for multi-truck tangles.
The hardest of those was the first, triggered when Spencer Boyd’s No. 20 Chevrolet made contact with Natalie Decker’s No. 54 Toyota on Lap 41. That collision also collected Jordan Anderson’s No. 3 and later touched off an argument between Decker and Boyd in the garage.
Enfinger figured into one of the most dramatic of those incidents on the 64th lap, dipping low in a contact for the lead with Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones. Enfinger’s No. 98 Ford slid up the track, carrying both his truck and Jones’ No. 51 Toyota into the Turn 4 wall.
Creed’s night took a downturn early in the final stage with a crunching hit of the outside retaining barrier. That caused a flat tire and another wall scrape, dropping him from contention.
The series’ next race is the Gander RV 150, scheduled June 27 (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway. Three races remain in the Gander Trucks’ regular season.
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