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Tyler Ankrum Hopeful of Finding Funding to Make Championship Run

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When Tyler Ankrum climbed out of the truck in victory lane at Kentucky Speedway, the first words out of his mouth were simple – “Hopefully it means a sponsor.” After all, if he is able to make a run for the title, it’ll mean overcoming adversity.

He missed the first three races due to not being 18-years-old yet, but was granted a waiver from the sanctioning body. Then once he was able to compete, he had to start and park on two occasions with NEMCO Motorsports due to a lack of funding.

His efforts seem to be paying off, though, as evident by earning the victory last weekend. Now Ankrum is one of the drivers locked into the post-season to battle for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Championship – if everything comes together as they hope.

“This day and time, sponsorship is hard to come by,” David Gilliland commented. “Obviously we’re going to work hard, as hard as we can. Wins help everything. We’ll dig our heels in and see what we can do to make that happen. We’ve run up until now and we’re going to do everything we can to go out and try to win a championship. That’s been our ultimate goal and we finished 1, 2 in the K&N Series last year, so we can win championships. We’re not going to stop until we go for it again. We’ll see what we can do.”

For now, all Ankrum can keep doing is performing behind the wheel to hopefully open the door of opportunity. That’s why moving forward, he is going to focus on learning how to be a better driver. 

“There’s no such thing as perfection in this sport,” he commented. “You can chase perfection and you can be the closest to perfection, but it’s kind of like chasing a pot of gold under the rainbow. You’ll never find it, but you can definitely be the closest to it. Going forward, I’m really looking for consistency. I feel like I need to run better in the stages. I feel like I need to get better at restarts. Most definitely I need to get better at restarts. Still overwhelmed by what these guys have done and what these Tundras bring.

“I think the preparation we’ll have going forward – like we were so prepared for this race and all the races in the past, we brought it all together tonight. Granted, in a way we did get lucky with fuel and (Brett) Moffitt was a lap short, but in my mind a win is still a win and we led laps. We were able to hold off the 99 (Ben Rhodes) for what seemed like forever. I was fighting against the 99 for the longest time. Going forward, I’m going to be looking for consistency and just performing better.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.