SOUTHEAST: Five Flags on the Horizon for 15-Year-Old Tyler Ankrum

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — official team release — Tracie Dunn photo —

Tyler Ankrum was mighty quick in his No. 58 Ion Shoot/Share Chevrolet super late model at Orange County Speedway during the most-recent CARS Tour event at the track on April 16, running second for more than 70 laps behind eventual winner Christopher Bell.

While the end result was a seventh-place finish, the result gave the talented teenager confidence as he heads toward a busy upcoming stretch of the season.

Now, after a weekend off, the team is traveling to Florida for round three of the Southern Super Series, as well as the first race of the Deep South Crane Blizzard Series, at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

Five Flags is a track known for its abrasiveness and has the propensity to wear out tires quickly.

“You really have to manage your tires a lot at Five Flags,” Ankrum said. “But you also have to stay on your toes because things can happen quickly there.  Some of the top drivers in the nation will be racing this weekend, and I’m looking forward to chasing our first super late model victory.”

When asked if he felt that victory was within his grasp, he didn’t hesitate.

“Definitely.  I know that you’re always supposed to go to the track thinking that as a driver, but I truly do believe it. Our team is as good as any other team out there.  We had a car to win Orange County a couple of weeks ago but we just got really loose at the end.  I have no doubt whatsoever that we can contend as a team.  I need to go do my job and it always takes a little luck, too, to miss the wrecks and be in the right spot at the right time.”

Ankrum and his team will be participating in the optional test day on Thursday at the track, before practice begins on Friday for the Universal Fabricators 125.

CREDIT: Tyler Ankrum Racing

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