Tyler Ankrum will take on the 2.5-mile road course of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series travels internationally for the second Playoff race of the season. Sunday’s 64 lap race will make the first time that 18-year-old Ankrum has raced on the road course in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Although Ankrum has never been to the track in Canada, he does have limited experience racing on road courses. In the 2018 season, Ankrum started from the Pole position at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He then went on to earn a top-10 finish that race. Ankrum also has a start at the 2.25-mile track of New Jersey Motorsports Park where he started fourth and finished inside the top-10. In preparation for this weekend’s event, the San Bernardino, Calif. native has taken road course training classes for the experience.
Last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, Ankrum was eliminated from the race early because of an electrical issue. He was forced to settle with a 20th-place finish in what was building up to be a solid top-10 night. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year now sits eighth in the Playoff standings, making the next two races very critical.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series taking the weekend off, the NGOTS 250 will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25. The green flag will fly at 2:30 p.m., ET with live coverage on FS1.
Ankrum on Canadian Tire: “I really don’t have much road course experience, so I know that this weekend will be somewhat challenging. I think that if I can keep it clean and avoid all the chaos that always happens at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, we will have a solid finish and be in a good position going into Las Vegas. The thing about my DGR-Crosley guys is that they always bring me such great equipment; they coach me and help me learn every lap. We are going to learn as much as possible in Saturday’s two practice session and be ready to go on Sunday.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!