Tyler Ankrum close to revealing 2020 NASCAR plans after Trucks playoff elimination

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November 09, 2019 12:35 PM

Tyler Ankrum close to revealing 2020 NASCAR plans after Trucks playoff elimination

The 2018 K&N Pro Series East champion enjoyed a successful debut campaign

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Tyler Ankrum confirmed that he will race in 2020 after coming up short to make the NASCAR Truck Series championship race.

Tyler Ankrum will race next season.
Despite not making it to the Championship 4 in an unorthodox rookie season, the reigning K&N East champion has enjoyed success. He missed a handful of early-season races due to an age restriction, then started-and-parked in another team’s backup truck due to a funding shortage and ultimately won his way into the Gander Outdoors Truck Series playoffs.
He was eliminated from playoff consideration on Friday following a fruitless Round of 6 but concedes his DGR-Crosley team overachieved in every sense of the word.
He was the first driver to advance to the playoffs after being granted an age restriction waiver, a precedent previously established by Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland.
Ankrum says his 2020 plans will be revealed in the coming days.
“I do know what we’re doing, and you guys will find out before Homestead after we kind of finalize everything,” Ankrum said before the race on Friday at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. “We have some new partners coming. We’re definitely racing.”
Now Ankrum will turn his attention toward finishing at least sixth in the championship standings — not bad for a driver who start-and-parked in two races and missed a handful of events before his 18th birthday.
“I think we went a lot further than a lot of people expected our program to do, especially where we started from nothing and went to something,” Ankrum said. “In most people’s eyes, we overachieved, but maybe in some people’s eyes we could’ve gone to Homestead and I think we could’ve too, just didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to.”
Ankrum won his K&N championship in a similar workman fashion, turning a part-time agreement into a full-time agreement by virtue of performance. Despite coming up short in another championship, Ankrum has at least secured his racing future.

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