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Rookie Ankrum Wins Trucks at Kentucky

Tyler Ankrim - Photo by Larry Robinson - Bluegrass Sports Nation

18 Year Old – Tyler Ankrum captures a Playoff Position with his First Career Win at Kentucky.

Sparta, KY – July 11, 2019 – Anthony Holbrook

The Nascar Gander Outdoor Truck Series kicked off a Triple Crown Race Weekend, Thursday for the annual Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 hosted by the Kentucky Speedway.

Ankrum in Victory Lane – Larry Robinson

Halmar Racing Team No. 52 Chevrolet Driven by Stewart Friesen was penalized during a pre-race inspection after a firewall issue was discovered by NASCAR Officials.  Friesen’s Chevy would be confiscated for review and ordered to start last in a backup truck. Stewart Friesen finished second behind Louisville native Ben Rhodes at last year‘s event. 

Grant Enfinger – Driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Team Ford brought home the pole and led the field to green.  Enfinger would relinquish the lead to Sheldon Creed’s No. 2 Chevrolet on Lap No.1.  A caution free Stage excelled Sheldon Creed’s bowtie to comfortably claim Stage 1 Checkers.

Stage 1 Results

  1. Sheldon Creed
  2. Grant Enfinger
  3. Todd Gilliland
  4. Tyler Ankrum
  5. Ross Chastain
  6. Harrison Burton
  7. Brett Moffitt
  8. Brandon Jones
  9. Brennan Poole
  10. Brennan Poole

Stage 2

Aggressive driving began to take its toll in Stage 2 as No. 54 Toyota Driven by Natalie Deker and Spencer Boyd’s No. 20 Chevrolet brought out a multi-truck accident on Lap 41. A total of 4 cautions flags were present in Stage 2.  Pole Sitter Grant Enfinger attempting to claim the lead, initiated contact with No. 51 Brandon Jones on Lap 64 while both driver were contending for the same real-estate. Enfinger and Jones opportunity for the win was eliminated after their confrontation. Matt Crafton’s No. 88 Ford avoided track carnage, collecting Stage 2 honors.

Stage 2 Results

  1. Matt Crafton
  2. Ros Chastain
  3. Dylan Lupton
  4. Tyler Ankrum
  5. Spencer Davis
  6. Stewart Friesen
  7. Ben Rhodes
  8. Austin Wayne Self
  9. Sheldon Creed
  10. Brennan Poole

Final Stage

With only 2 Laps remaining, 18-year-old Tyler Ankrum , Driving the No. 17 DGR-Crosley Toyota,  passed  leader Brett Moffitt as his No. 24 Chevrolet ran out of fuel  in the Final Stage.

  Buckle Up In Your Truck 225    Final Results

                   1.   Tyler Ankrum

                   2.   Stewart Friesen

                   3.   Harrison Burton

                   4.   Ross Chastain

                   5.   Dylan Lupton

                   6.   Austin Wayne Self

                   7.   Brett Moffitt

                   8.  Spencer Davis

                   9.   Jeb Burton

                   10.  Johnny Sauter

                   11.  Tyler Hill

                   12.  Tyler Dippel

                   13.  Matt Crafton

                   14.  Codie Rohrbaugh

              15.  Brennan Poole

                   16.  Clay Greenfield

                   17.   Todd Gilliland

                   18.  Mason Massey IV

                   19.  Ben Rhodes

                   20.  Josh Bilicki

                   21.  Sheldon Creed

                   22. Jennifer Jo Cobb

                   23.  Brandon Jones

                   24.  Grant Enfinger

                   25.  Gus Dean

                   26.  Chad Finley

                   27.  Natalie Decker

                   28.  Camden Murphy

                   29.  Spencer Boyd

                   30.  Jordan Anderson

                   31. Austin Hill

                   32. Joe Nemechek

Race No. 17 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule locates back to the Kentucky Speedway, Saturday July 12th, 2019 for the Also 300 at Kentucky  7:30 pm  NBCSN .  Exclusive Sports Coverage brought to you by your Mountain Sports Connection-BluegrassSportsNation! Thanks to our sponsor PDQ Sales and Service (formerly Jackson Wholesale) for allowing us to bring you all the action!!!!

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