Ankrum Enters His “Worst Track” 1 Point Below The Cut Line But Hopes To Remain In Conten

After a thrilling come back at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Tyler Ankrum and his No. 17 Factory Canopy Toyota Tundra team will continue their pursuit of a championship as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series makes a stop at the half-mile of Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will mark Ankrum’s third career start at the 0.5-mile paper clip. Ankrum made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway for DGR-Crosley in 2018, where he finished in the 18th position. The 18-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year competed at Martinsville Speedway for his first race of the 2019 campaign and went on to finish in the 19th position. Ankrum will enter race two of the round of six only one point below the cut line.

“Martinsville historically has been my worse track,” said Ankrum. “It goes against everything that you learn short track racing. But with that said, I have a lot of confidence going into the weekend. My team and I have been working really hard to prepare for this race. We’ve spent a couple of days in the Toyota Simulators as well as watching a lot of film. We know that we need a solid race to advance in the Playoffs. If we can make it through this weekend, our chances are really good because Phoenix and Homestead are two tracks that really fit our style.”

The No. 17 team will be led by veteran crew chief Kevin ‘Bono’ Manion from atop the pit box and Doug Campbell from the spotter stand. The 200 lap NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 will be broadcast live on FS1 beginning at 1:30 p.m., ET on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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