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Tyler Ankrum to Drive for GMS Racing in 2020

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Tyler Ankrum will have a new home in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for the 2020 season.

After a successful rookie season, Ankrum will pilot a full-time entry for GMS Racing, the team announced Thursday, Nov. 14.

Ankrum joins an expanded lineup at GMS, teamed with full-time drivers Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt along with David Gravel and Sam Mayer, who will compete on a limited schedule.

“Adding Tyler to our lineup is a great addition to our Truck Series program,” GMS president Mike Beam said in a team release. “He is a talented young driver with a lot of potential and a great future ahead of him in NASCAR. I look forward to the success he will bring GMS in 2020.”

In only 21 career starts, Ankrum has notched one win and nine top fives, all of which came for current team DGR-Crosley. The 18-year-old’s first win came earlier this season at Kentucky Speedway. Additionally, Ankrum made the playoffs this season but was eliminated after the Round of 6.

“I’m excited to move on to the next chapter in my racing career with GMS Racing and Chevrolet,” Ankrum said. “I’m pumped to work with my new teammates and hope I can bring something special to the team. I think we will win a lot of races and contend for the championship in 2020.”

Ankrum will be sponsored throughout the season by Liuna and Railblaza. The truck number and the crew chief were not disclosed in the Nov. 14 announcement.

Ankrum’s soon-to-be-former team, DGR-Crosley, has not yet announced its lineup for 2020.

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Tom B

I remember when Mike Beam was a skinny little kid working for the Elliotts. I thought Spencer Gallagher was president of GMS.

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