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NASCAR

Jul 27 - 2019

Three Tundras in the Top Four at the Triangle

July 27, 2019, Ankrum backed it up with a runner-up result to lead Toyota at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon. Three Tundras in the Top Four at the Triangle

Tyler Ankrum’s hot streak continued. After clinching a spot in the playoffs with his first career win at Kentucky Speedway, Ankrum backed it up with a runner-up result to lead Toyota at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon. Ankrum and his team made a gas-only stop right before the end of the second stage, which proved to be a great strategy call.

Ankrum started the final stage on the front row, and gave it his all, but was unable to chase down the eventual race winner.

Really just fought myself at the beginning of the race. I was kind of stepping on my own toes, overdriving the racecar,” said Ankrum. “It’s really easy to do here. You don’t really feel that you are overdriving, but the lap times show it. Fought that with myself at the beginning of the race. Kind of fixed myself; it was smooth-going from there. I burned my tires up trying to chase down Ross Chastain. I couldn’t get close enough to him to really get the draft. I had an awesome Toyota Tundra. Got to thank RAILBLAZA, DGR-Crosley, everyone that got me here.
Harrison Burton made a different strategy call to end the second stage, and earned his first playoff point of the season. He started the final restart in ninth and drove up to third before running out of time. 
 
“It’s frustrating,” said Burton. “There are guys that had good strategy. We were cutting it close on fuel. I knew they were riding around there a little bit. I thought maybe I could get to them, so I was driving as hard as I could there at the end, but it just didn’t come our way.”
 
July 27, 2019, Harrison Burton made a different strategy call to end the second stage, and earned his first playoff point of the season.

Christian Eckes, who won the ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, earned his best-career-finish in fourth, while teammate Todd Gilliland finished in seventh.