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Kickin The Tires

Tyler Ankrum jumps to 2nd-place finish in Homestead

Photo by Nigel Kinrade Photography

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

With fresher tires, all eyes were on Chase Elliott for the final restart of Saturday’s Baptist Health 200 from Homestead-Miami Speedway. But nobody saw Tyler Ankrum coming.

Restarting on the tail end of the top 10 with seven laps to go in the weekend’s Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, slightly fresher rubber from the previous pit stop gave the 19-year-old a step up on the competition.

The No. 26 GMS Racing Chevrolet made some quick work, jumping to second place within four laps and coming home in the runner-up spot to winner Kyle Busch.

After finishing 12th and 20th in the race’s two stages, a second-place run was well-received by the Californian.

“I have to thank Team Chevy and everyone who has helped me the past couple weeks,” Ankrum said. “I know we need to improve a lot, a lot more still.”

Crashing out of the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, finishes of 11th, 13th and 15th preceded Ankrum’s Homestead finish, making Saturday’s result his first top-10 finish through five races in 2020 and his first with GMS Racing.

“[We have to] get closer on setups,” It’s really hard to get close when you have no practice.”

Ankrum hopes to keep the momentum rolling in two weeks when the series next races at Pocono Raceway.

“I’m really excited for the next race,” he said. “I think when you can do this consistently, and run more consistent, the closer and closer you’ll get on the winning setup.”

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