It’s a quick turn-around for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series as teams head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Wednesday for the UNOH 200. Tyler Ankrum and his No. 17 May’s Hawaii team are looking to have a strong run to kick-off the 2019 Playoffs.
While Ankrum is only 18-years-old, he has competed at Bristol Motor Speedway four times in his career. Three of those starts were in a Super Late Model, and the fourth start was in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Last year, Ankrum competed for DGR-Crosley at Bristol, earning a fourth-place finish.
Ankrum, who most recently won Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the Gander Truck Series, will be making his 12th start for DGR-Crosley this season. Ankrum currently has three top-five finishes among his six top-10 finishes. He is most proud of his first Gander Trucks victory at Kentucky Speedway. Just last week at Michigan International Speedway, Ankrum led three laps before getting collected in a late-race incident causing his day to end early.
Ankrum and his No. 17 team look to carry the positive momentum into Bristol this weekend. You can watch all the action unfold live on FS1 on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Ankrum on Bristol: “Heading into the first Playoff race, I feel pretty good. I have experience at Bristol before in both a Super Late Model and in a K&N car. Each time we’ve ran pretty well there. I’m not too worried about what our performance is going to look like this week. I think we will have a fast truck, DGR-Crosley was pretty good there last year. I want to focus on being consistent and getting the most amount of Playoff points possible and of course, getting the best finish. I think consistency is going to be key in heading into the Playoffs. I think we can make it further than everyone thinks we can. So far, it’s been an awesome year, and I look forward to continuing it that way.”
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