Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 LiUNA! Chevrolet Silverado
- Tyler Ankrum looked for redemption at Talladega after a string of misfortune in recent weeks resulted in poor finishes. The No. 26 LiUNA! driver was eager to turn his season around with a solid finish in the 250-mile race in which he started deep in the pack.
- Beginning the race, Ankrum held onto the lead pack and began to work his way up through the field, passing numerous trucks in the process. Towards the end of Stage one, the transmission on the No. 26 Silverado popped out of fourth gear, prompting Tyler to manually hold the shifter in fourth gear en route to a 24th place finish. The crew gave him a bungee cord to hold the shifter in place for Stage two, where he rode it out to finish 27th.
- With the problem fixed, Ankrum worked his way back into contention at the beginning of the final stage of the race, but was collected in “the big one” along with Playoffs contending teammate Zane Smith among many others. The crew attempted to fix most of the damage, but ultimately the LiUNA! Chevy was not fast enough to continue on, resulting in an early exit scored by a 28th place finish.
Quote: “I had a pretty fast truck that was great with straight line speed. We were biding our time running in the back, but had nowhere to go and got taken out, putting an end to our day. We were hoping to stay out of all of the mess just to finish a superspeedway race, but it wasn’t meant to be. We will go onto Martinsville and continue to work hard as we grow closer to the end of our season.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!