DGR-Crosley announces Tyler Ankrum will drive the team's No. 17 Toyota Tundra next season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Due to age restrictions, Ankrum will miss the first three races of the season before turning 18 on March 6. He will make his 2019 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and is slated to run the remainder of the season as a contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2018, Ankrum competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he was crowned as the Champion in his rookie season. He became only the sixth driver in the series history to win a Championship and Rookie of Year honors in the same year. During the 14-race season, Ankrum captured four wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
"I'm really happy that Tyler is continuing his career with us at DGR-Crosley," said team co-owner David Gilliland. "We started working with him when he was racing Late Model Stock cars a few years ago, and obviously he had a phenomenal season with us this year in the K&N East with four wins and a Championship. It's really special to watch him grow and develop as a driver. Tyler has proven that he knows how to win, and we're excited to take the next step with him."
Ankrum and the No. 17 team will have two returning partners in Modern Meat Co. and May's Brands. Additionally, Fred's and Vivo will jump on board to sponsor Ankrum in select races throughout the 2019 season.
Source: DGR Crosley