It was a memorable Thursday night for 18-year-old Toyota driver Tyler Ankrum who won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway. It was also the first win for the DGR-Crosley team as Ankrum became the second Toyota driver to clinch a spot in the 2019 Truck Series playoffs.
After winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship last year and moving up to the Truck Series, Ankrum, in just his 12th-career Truck Series start scored his first victory. He led 40 laps (of 150), including the final two laps before making a trip to victory lane.
“I was just driving my rear-end off,” said Ankrum. “Holy cow. I think I held my breath through the last three laps there. I think I honestly forgot to breathe. That was awesome. I just can’t thank my guys at DGR-Crosley enough.”
In the final stage of the race, Ankrum and his No. 17 team elected to get a full tank of gas on pit road, losing the first-place position to Brett Moffitt, who short pitted with less fuel.