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Tyler Ankrum joins DGR-Crosley to contend for Rookie Truck honors

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, looks on from the garage during practice for 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 will move to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019 to compete for Rookie of the Year honors with DGR-Crosley, the driver and team announced on Twitter.

In 2018, Ankrum won the K&N East Championship with DGR-Crosley through four wins, nine top fives and 12 top 10s in 14 starts. Ankrum won three consecutive races at Thompson (CT) Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway during the summer. His other victory came in May at South Boston (VA) Speedway.

Ankrum made two starts in the Truck series last year - scoring a top 10 in one of those races. He finished sixth at ISM Raceway.

“Taking the next step of my racing career is mind blowing,” Ankrum said in a tweet. “And I’m lucky enough to do it again with DGR-Crosley and Toyota Racing in 2019.”

Last year’s K&N Championship came in his rookie campaign in that series.