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.”
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.