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K&N East champion to make Truck Series debut at Martinsville

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100

THOMPSON, CT - JULY 14: Tyler Ankrum, driver of the #17 Modern Meat Company Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East King Cadillac GMC Throwback 100 at Thompson Speedway on July 14, 2018 in Thompson, Connecticut. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Tyler Ankrum, who won the NASCAR K&N East Pro Series title on Oct. 6, will make his Camping World Truck Series debut next weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Ankrum, 17, will drive for DGR-Crosley’s No. 54 truck. Ankrum drove for the team co-owned by David Gilliland in the K&N East series.

Driving the No. 17, Ankrum earned four wins and nine top fives and led the standings for the final 12 races of the season.

The native of San Bernadino, California, had an average finish of 4.8.

Next Saturday’s race will be Ankrum’s second at Martinsville. He competed in a Late Model Stock Car race there in 2014.

“Making my Truck Series debut at Martinsville is huge. So many big names in the sport have made their national series debut at Martinsville,” Ankrum said in a press release. “I’ve been dreaming of this day for so long now, I can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s going to be really cool having (crew chief) Seth (Smith) and my K&N guys there with me.”