Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute more than $3 million in grants to 450 charitable organizations across the country this year, bringing the total allocation amount to more than $55 million since the O. Bruton Smith family founded the nonprofit in 1982.

Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled a staggering $3,020,000.00 in 2018. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through fundraisers including clay shoots, track events, holiday light displays, golf tournaments and auctions.

“I’ve always felt like what we do, the fundraising, may be the easier part,” said Speedway Children’s Charities Vice Chairman and Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith. “The really tough part is the help being given. We raise money and give it to great organizations that help children in need around our eight speedways throughout the country. We're blessed to be supporting these deserving organizations to improve our communities.”

Speedway Children’s Charities’ chapters use grants to significantly improve the lives of children who live near the chapters’ respective race tracks. Among the nonprofit’s far-reaching endeavors are aiding in cancer research, providing winter coats and backpack meals to low-income families as well as facilitating clubs that provide healthy after-school activities.

"On behalf of everyone at Speedway Children's Charities, we offer sincere thanks to our many sponsors, donors and volunteers,” said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. “Through everyone’s gracious assistance, Speedway Children’s Charities will help make the holiday season and beyond brighter for hundreds of thousands of children in need.”

For more information on Speedway Children’s Charities or to learn how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.

ABOUT SPEEDWAY CHILDREN’S CHARITIES:
The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.

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Fans can connect with Speedway Children’s Charities by following on Twitter or Facebook.

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In honoring its continued commitment to the local community, Darlington Raceway was pleased to make a $4,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee on Friday, Dec. 14, on behalf of Sgt. Terrence Carraway.

Track president Kerry Tharp participated in a check donation ceremony on Friday at the club, along with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee executive director Neal Zimmerman and Mrs. Allison Carraway, wife of Sgt. Carraway. Members of the Carraway family, Florence Police Department and Boys and Girls Club were also in attendance.

“We are pleased to make this donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee in honor of Sgt. Carraway,” Tharp said. “It’s a privilege to stand next to Mrs. Carraway and the staff of the Boys and Girls Club to make this donation on behalf of a man that truly cared and devoted countless hours of his spare time for the community, the Boys and Girls Club in particular, which was an organization he cherished. We thank all the participants that attended our 5K event Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors for supporting this cause and paying tribute to a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Sgt. Carraway, a lifelong resident of Darlington and 30-year veteran of the neighboring Florence Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on October 3, 2018. He was a dedicated servant to the Darlington and Florence communities having been involved in a variety of community activities that benefited many residents, including children and teenagers.

The proceeds for the donation were made possible by strong support for the Darlington Raceway 5K Presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, which took place on Nov. 9 at the track under the lights.

Hundreds of runners turned out for the event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee, an organization Sgt. Carraway was heavily involved in for many years. Darlington Raceway will look to continue the 5K event on an annual basis in support of law enforcement.

Sgt. Carraway was one of seven total law enforcement officers from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department that were shot in an incident in Florence on Oct. 3. Florence County Sheriff’s Deputy Farrah Turner also passed away from her injuries on Oct. 22, nearly three weeks after the incident. The other five officers are continuing to recover.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.

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The Champion Racing Association (CRA) and Memphis International Raceway (MIR) are pleased to announce that Late Model racing is returning to the MIR Oval in 2019 with their Masters of the Pro’s race. The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Presented by Chevrolet Performance, Master of the Pro’s race is the largest standalone Pro Late Model event of the year.
 
The 125-lap race will pay a minimum of $10,000 to win and $1,000 to start, making it the richest Pro Late Model race in the United States. In addition to the $10,000 purse for the winner, the coveted Masters of the Pro’s Green Jacket will be on the line. 
 
“One of my first tasks after coming to MIR was to bring more action to our three-quarter mile oval,” said Tim Packman, President of MIR. “Being able to announce a CRA event of this magnitude is a big step in that direction. That fact we are hosting the “Master of the Pro’s” Late Model race is even better.
 
“We look forward to some incredible racing from the drivers and teams who will make their way to Memphis. Even more so, we look forward to economic impact of Late Model fans traveling from out of state for this race. It’s a great opportunity for the Memphis business community to join us for this prestigious event. Memphis is the place to rock, and now it is the place to race.”
 
There will be an open practice on Saturday, July 20. That evening, after the practice session, there will be a driver meet and greet for fans on the historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Time Trials and the main event will take place on Sunday, July 21.
 
“We are excited to take the Masters of the Pro’s to a great race track in a great city,” said CRA managing partner R.J. Scott. “Tim Packman and his team are going to put on a great event both on and off the race track. Too many times we pop into a town and get out of town and don’t get to experience everything a city has to offer.”
 
In its six previous races, the Masters of the Pro’s race has evolved into a marquee event for Pro Late Model teams and race fans nationwide. 
 
“The Masters of the Pro’s has already been a great event for Pro Late Model Racing with an incredible list of former winners including: Chase Elliott, John Hunter Nemechek and Bubba Pollard. Now, it’s just been taken to the next level by being hosted at Memphis International Raceway,” Scott remarked.
 
Former winners of the race include: Chase Elliott (2013), Anderson Bowen (2014), John Hunter Nemechek (2015 & 2016), Cole Williams (2017) and Bubba Pollard (2018).
Entry forms, schedules and more information about the Masters of the Pro’s 125 at MIR will be released soon.
 
For more information on the Champion Racing Association, visit www.cra-racing.com.
 
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Richard Childress Racing announced plans for a yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration today, commencing in February with a pair of gold Daytona 500 entries for it's two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Defending Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon will drive a gold No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 while Daniel Hemric will make his career-first Daytona 500 start in a gold No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Camaro ZL1 in "The Great American Race." The race airs live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb.17.
 
In addition, Dillon will drive a gold No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Camaro ZL1 in the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Clash entry harkens back to the gold Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet that Dale Earnhardt drove in the 1998 Winston All-Star race.
 
The gold Daytona International Speedway entries begin the season-long celebration for the Welcome, North Carolina organization, which started off with humble beginnings at Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and has since grown to encompass more than 200 wins and 15 championships at the highest levels of the sport.
 
"Who would have thought that a $20 investment more than 50 years ago would have grown into the organization that RCR is today," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "I'm very proud of RCR's accomplishments, from race wins to championships and the many drivers, employees and partners who have been associated with our race team along the way. I'm most proud of the relationships we've formed and the many race fans who support us each weekend."
 
All three cars were unveiled today at the organization's headquarters during an employee ceremony that included a champagne toast with Childress Vineyards Victory Cuvee.  
 
A special 50th Anniversary logo was also unveiled that incorporates 15 stars as a nod to the organization's NASCAR and ARCA Racing Series championships. RCR and current partners will incorporate the newly-created RCR 50th anniversary logo into merchandise, marketing collateral, digital content and advertising programs throughout the 2019 season. The logo will also be featured on all RCR fire suits.
 
RCR will celebrate the 50th Anniversary season-long through a robust content plan on rcrracing.com and various social media platforms celebrating the organization's past, present and future. The 50th Anniversary celebration will extend into retail and merchandise, media, employee and fan engagement, sponsor partnerships and special events.
 
Childress, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017, purchased his first car for $20 at the age of 17, earning six top-five and 76 top-10 finishes before retiring from driving in 1981. Childress went on to become a successful car owner, notably building one of the most iconic driver-owner duos in NASCAR history with Dale Earnhardt. Off the track, Childress is known as a successful businessman, philanthropist and conservationist.
 
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com and follow #RCR50 on social media.
 
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The Air Force and Richard Petty Motorsports announced today they will continue their 11th consecutive year of partnership together in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The Air Force will continue to be a two-race primary sponsor of the famed No. 43 with driver Bubba Wallace, as well as a major associate throughout the season.

Air Force Recruiting Service, charged with the mission to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen, sees the continued association as an opportunity to build awareness about the Air Force. The Air Force has also witnessed the excitement that Wallace Jr. has brought to inspiring recruits in 2018 during his first year representing the Air Force.

"The Air Force continues to see benefits from our partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and driver, Bubba Wallace," said Maj. Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. "Wallace Jr. and his personality align well with our target audience's interests and the Air Force's commitment to teamwork and technology."

As a partner of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team, the Air Force colors will again be featured during the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: July 4 weekend at Daytona (Florida) International Speedway and Veterans Day weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona.


"The combination of Bubba Wallace and the iconic No. 43 provides a continuing sponsorship opportunity that reflects our Air Force core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence, as well as has a positive impact on generating public awareness about the U.S. Air Force, our people and our mission," McKnight said. "Like NASCAR, much of our work is based on science, technology, engineering and math principles combined with teamwork and training. This sponsorship is a great way to highlight that connection."

In his first year partnering with the Air Force, Wallace Jr. engaged with current Airmen and aspiring recruits. He visited four different U.S. Air Force bases, including Randolph in San Antonio, Texas, Seymour Johnson in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio, and Shaw in South Carolina. Wallace Jr. participated in different drills at each base and took flight in an F-16 with the 77th Fighter Squadron known as the "Gamblers" at Shaw AFB, SC. Wallace Jr. also spoke with high school students about reaching their goals.

"I was really impressed with all the different aspects of the Air Force, and the different opportunities they offer," said Wallace Jr. "I was able to visit different bases and see the Airmen in action and actually participate myself. That gets me excited and then I'm able to talk to inspiring students who are looking at a career in the Air Force. I'm pretty humbled to represent the Air Force."

In addition to various visits away from the track, Wallace Jr. and "The King" Richard Petty meet young men and women of the Air Force each weekend along with Air Force leadership.

The U.S. Air Force have been loyal partners to us," added Richard Petty, Co-Owner, Richard Petty Motorsports. "It is special for us because we get to thank the men and women who protect our freedom each weekend. Bubba has really been able to connect with their recruits, too. We're proud to continue to represent the Air Force on and off the track."

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Daniel Hemric will carry a familiar number for his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 27-year-old will continue the long tradition of Kannapolis, North Carolina, natives who have driven the No. 8 on the racetrack.
 
Hemric made his MENCS debut during the 2018 season running the No. 8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet at Richmond Raceway in April and Charlotte Motor Speedway in September. Now, as he prepares for his first season in the MENCS, Hemric is ready to carry the number full time.
 
During the 1950s, Ralph Earnhardt began his family's racing legacy on the short tracks around North Carolina driving the No. 8. When his son, Dale Earnhardt, made his first NASCAR start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1975, it was with the No. 8 on the side of the car. When it came time for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to begin his career in the NASCAR Cup Series, he did so driving a No. 8 Chevrolet that would become iconic to NASCAR fans and non-fans alike.
 
"Growing up in Kannapolis, it was all about racing," said Hemric. "I always dreamed of having the opportunity to drive for RCR and for Richard himself. Now, two iconic numbers, the 3 and the 8, are going to be under one roof. I know it makes Richard happier than anybody, just understanding what that means for the sport of NASCAR and how our fans are going to be able to connect with that."
 
With RCR celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2019 season, Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR, understands the meaning of bringing the No. 8 back to the sport and teaming it with the No. 3 Chevrolet. Childress also noted this style of number is utilized across the board in numerous professional sports and felt it was time to bring it to NASCAR.
 
"Car numbers are a big part of NASCAR and it makes me proud to have two of the most historic numbers under the RCR banner for our 50th anniversary season," said Childress. "With his Kannapolis roots and his old-school racer mentality, Daniel Hemric is the perfect choice to bring the No. 8 back to the Cup Series on a full-time basis. He has demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a contender on the racetrack, and we are looking forward to the next step in his career. We have a lot of longstanding partners supporting this program and we're proud to carry each of their colors on the No. 8 Chevrolet throughout the year. I also want to welcome Cessna to the RCR family of partners."
 
Hemric and the No. 8 team will have support from multiple primary partners throughout the 2019 MENCS season, including Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, Liberty National Life Insurance and VF Workwear, all of whom return to Richard Childress Racing. Textron Aviation's Cessna brand also joins RCR and the No. 8 program for 2019, with select primary races during the season.
 
Hemric's MENCS rookie campaign will kick off with the 61st running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17, where he will drive a special gold-colored No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet to honor RCR's 50th anniversary season.
 
Entering its 11th year with RCR, Caterpillar will serve as the primary partner on Hemric's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for multiple races during his rookie season. The relationship between Caterpillar and RCR began with the 2009 season and has been growing stronger ever since.
 
The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives began as a sponsor in NASCAR in 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series from 1995 to 1996 before moving to the MENCS in 1997.
 
Bass Pro Shops will also return to RCR for the 2019 season as an anchor partner on the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, along with a yearlong presence with the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and driver Austin Dillon. This will mark the first season Bass Pro Shops will work with Hemric, but this longstanding relationship with RCR dates back to 1998 when it first appeared on the No. 3 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt in the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
Bass Pro Shops, founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, provides unmatched offerings spanning destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class destinations and more.
 
Liberty National Life Insurance returns for its second season with RCR, which was announced in October 2018. Liberty National will also serve as a primary partner on Hemric's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for select events during the 2019 season.
 
A leading provider of life and supplemental health insurance for middle-income Americans through in-home and workplace sales, Liberty National is looking to build upon its successful LNL Racing marketing campaign by expanding its engagement opportunities with its independent sales Agents, independent agency owners, and policyholders throughout the United States.
 
Cessna joins RCR this season for the first time as a partner on the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. RCR previously enjoyed a relationship with Textron Specialized Vehicles, a sister division to Textron Aviation, since 2011. VF Workwear's involvement with Hemric's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the continuation of a partnership with RCR that dates to 2012.
 
"To have the support and backing from partners such as Caterpillar, Bass Pro Shops, Liberty National Life Insurance, Cessna and VF Workwear means the world to me," said Hemric. "Each one is a world-class organization that is dedicated to producing the best products and services with a commitment to excellence. Our goals at RCR are to do the same, and we hope to deliver strong results and represent each of them to our highest ability on this No. 8 team throughout the year."
 
During the 2019 season, Hemric's No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team will be led by crew chief Luke Lambert. Entering his eighth season as a MENCS crew chief at RCR, Lambert has earned one win, 23 top-five and 70 top-10 finishes atop the pit box.
 
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After seeing South Lot Camping sell out for both race weekends in 2018, Martinsville Speedway is expanding the reserved camping area, by adding 23 more spaces for 2019.

The spaces, which will accommodate motorhomes up to 45 feet in length, are on sale now and cost $200 for the week.

“We knew there was a demand for more reserved camping, but after seeing it sellout so quickly for both events last year, we realized we needed to expand it even further,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We are always looking for ways to improve the facility and to be able to meet the growing demand for large motorhomes is one of them.”

The South Lot Camping is located near Gate 17 off of Old Sand Road. In addition to being within sight of the Speedway, it is also convenient to shopping and food along Highway 220.

The STP 500 race weekend is March 22-24.

In addition to camping, tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today that seven schools will receive $308,000 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around Chandra and Jimmie’s hometowns in California and Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in North Carolina.

“Schools have so many, wide-ranging needs,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We were very impressed by this year’s applications, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these important projects through the Champions Grant program.”

This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant awards included $183,555 toward science and technology programs, $63,206.37 toward language and literacy initiatives, $39,726.38 for health and wellness activities, and $22,096.71 toward school improvement projects.

The 2018 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:

North Carolina

● Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte, North Carolina)

● R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School (Concord, North Carolina)

● Steele Creek Elementary School (Charlotte, North Carolina)

California

● Knox Middle School (San Diego)

● WD Hall Elementary School (El Cajon, California)

Oklahoma

● KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

● Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee, Oklahoma)

More than $5.6 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.

To see a detailed list of the 2018 Champions Grant projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

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Tickets and campsites go on sale Dec. 17 for two great weekends of racing at Michigan International Speedway. Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite for all the non-stop racing action and the week-long entertainment at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track in 2019.

It has never been easier to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 and week-long camping starts at $135.

“The 2019 NASCAR season is quickly approaching and we cannot wait to welcome all the fans to Michigan International Speedway,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We continue to create special experiences for our fans and campers for the week as NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track.”

The 2019 Schedule:

-          June 7 – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying

-          June 8 – NASCAR XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250

-          June 9 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400

-          August 9 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Practice and Qualifying

-          August 10 – NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200

-          August 11 – Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400

Michigan International Speedways continues to enhance the experience in 2019 after listening to feedback. Some of the new enhancements include:

-          Season/Weekend Membership

-          New Pit Road Acceleration Club

-          All-You-Can-Eat Seats in Turn 1 and now Turn 4

-          MISCAMPING.com Brooklyn Trails and MISCAMPING.com M-50 Creekside Campgrounds have the option of coming in on Thursday of race week

-          MISCAMPING.com M-50 Creekside Campground will feature DOUBLE-SIZED campsites

-          Free overnight parking available in pond corner

-          Lower price on all campground overnight parking

-          Variety of flexible payment plans with as little as 25% down

Fans will want to stay tuned as more enhancements to the race weekend will be announced soon.

International Speedway Corporation implemented a comprehensive ticket and travel protection program for guests with an unused grandstand ticket when the event is postponed. The ISC Weather Protection Program applies to all paid grandstand tickets to NASCAR races at any ISC facility that are postponed and rescheduled to a different date due to inclement weather. Guests will now be able to exchange paid grandstand tickets that were not used on a rescheduled race date for a future NASCAR event at an ISC facility. The unused grandstand tickets may be exchanged for a same-series ticket of equal or lesser value based on event and seating location availability.

Kids 12 and under will continue to be admitted free on Fridays and Saturdays and half-priced on Sundays in the grandstands.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a new aerodynamic racing package in 2019 to bolster the competition. It will be similar to what was used in the 2018 All-Star race. The baseline aero elements of the 2019 rules package are a taller eight-inch by 61-inch rear spoiler, a larger front splitter with a two-inch overhang and a wider radiator pan that measures 37 inches wide in the front tapering to 31 inches at the rear. In addition, a smaller tapered spacer and aerodynamic ducts will be used. The smaller spacer will further limit airflow through the engine and thereby horsepower to a figure around 550.

The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 will serve as the cutoff race for the regular season. Drivers will have one final opportunity to make the playoffs in the truck series, adding even more intensity and intrigue to the already thrilling race at MIS.

MIS PR

DGR-Crosley announced today that Tyler Ankrum will drive the team's No. 17 Toyota Tundra next season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Due to age restrictions, Ankrum will miss the first three races of the season before turning 18 on March 6. He will make his 2019 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and is slated to run the remainder of the season as a contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. 
 
The 17-year-old San Bernardino, Calif. native made his Truck Series debut earlier this year with DGR-Crosley at Martinsville Speedway where he earned an 18th-place finish. Additionally, Ankrum raced at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. where he consistently ran inside the top-five and scored a career-best sixth-place finish. In his two Truck Series starts, Ankrum completed every lap and averaged a 12th-place finish.
 
In 2018, Ankrum competed full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he was crowned as the Champion in his rookie season. He became only the sixth driver in the series history to win a Championship and Rookie of Year honors in the same year. During the 14-race season, Ankrum captured four wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. 
 
"I'm really happy that Tyler is continuing his career with us at DGR-Crosley," said team co-owner David Gilliland. "We started working with him when he was racing Late Model Stock cars a few years ago, and obviously he had a phenomenal season with us this year in the K&N East with four wins and a Championship. It's really special to watch him grow and develop as a driver. Tyler has proven that he knows how to win, and we're excited to take the next step with him."
 
Ankrum, who has found a home in DGR-Crosley, is looking forward to continuing the relationship going forward. 
 
"Honestly, this is a dream come true," said Ankrum. "It's crazy to think that something I've been a fan of for so long, I'm now going to be a part of it. It's even more special that I get to stay at DGR-Crosley and progress within their organization. Everyone on our team collaborates really well together, and there's not a single person there that I don't enjoy being around and learning from. Being surrounded by a group of people that I'm comfortable with will help in the transition and learning curve of moving up to the Truck Series. I'm really thankful for this opportunity, thankful to David for believing in me and especially grateful for all those that have supported me throughout my entire career."
 
Ankrum and the No. 17 team will have two returning partners in Modern Meat Co. and May's Brands. Additionally, Fred's and Vivo will jump on board to sponsor Ankrum in select races throughout the 2019 season. 
 
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