Tyler Ankrum
GMS Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Ankrum returns for another season of racing behind the wheel of the GMS No. 26 Chevrolet. The young driver posted modestly improved marks in 2020 with three Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes, but seemingly some ways apart from challenging for wins. After 45 starts in this division of NASCAR, the expectations will grow for Ankrum in 2021. To this point his strengths really seem to be short track and intermediate oval racing. Those have been the best venues for him up until now. Ankrum will have a new crew chief in the upcoming season in Charles Denike. Denike guided both Chase Elliott and Sam Mayer to victories last season in just his first full season of crew chief in this division of NASCAR. It will be expected that he and Ankrum take some substantial steps forward in the upcoming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
Third in Toyota Tundra 225
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 22, 2021
Ankrum finished third in Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas Saturday afternoon.
The GMS Racing youngster had a great afternoon in NASCAR's first truck series race at Circuit of the Americas. Ankrum started on the pole position and led 4 total laps for the day. He would be a fixture among the Top 5 for the full event. Ankrum would battle fiercely with Sheldon Creed at times, but would eventually finish third at the checkered flag. It was his second Top-5 finish of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
One of the brightest rising stars to race in the truck series this season will be Ankrum. The 18-year-old prospect had a very successful rookie run in this division of NASCAR last year. He only started 20 of the 23 events due to age restrictions, but put up impressive numbers in this near-full schedule with DGR-Crosley Racing. Ankrum snagged his first-career win at Kentucky Speedway in a surprising performance, and he piled up eight Top-10 finishes for the season. Down the stretch run of last year he suffered a bit of a cool down, but in total it was a great campaign. Ankrum comes to GMS Racing this year and will be paired with veteran crew chief, Chad Walter. The potential in this driver-crew chief combination is very intriguing.
Ankrum won't be 18-years-old until a few weeks after Daytona, so that means he can't race until event number four at Martinsville. However, the youngster is poised to run nearly the entire schedule with the exception of the first three races. Gilliland and Crosley formed this race team last season and hosted a number of different drivers between the two trucks. Ankrum made two starts, and grabbed a surprising Top-10 finish at Phoenix last fall. The young Californian has been building his racing resume for the last few years. Ankrum dominated the K&N Pro Series East in 2018 to capture four victories and the championship in that series. Now he'll look to grab truck series Rookie of the Year in what is mostly a full-time schedule in 2019.
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Wins Truck Pole at COTA
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 22, 2021
Ankrum won the pole for the Toyota Tundra 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas road course. He turned a fast lap of 75.041 mph.
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Third at Richmond
Gander Outdoors Truck
April 17, 2021
Ankrum finished third in the Toyota Care 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway Saturday.
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New Crew Chief
Gander Outdoors Truck
January 8, 2021
As the beginning of the season draws near, GMS Racing is excited to announce its crew chief lineup for the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Charles Denike moves to captain the No. 26 crew for Ankrum in the 2021 season, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Runner-up Finish at Homestead
Gander Outdoors Truck
June 13, 2020
Ankrum finished second in the Baptist Health 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday evening.
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Gets front-row spot in Charlotte
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 26, 2020
Ankrum will start out of No. 2 position Tuesday at the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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