Charlotte, N.C. (September 28, 2016) – Tyler Ankrum and the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performancecenter LTO team finished in the 5th position after starting 13th in the BakerDist.com/Honeywell 200 presented by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team at the historic Myrtle Beach Speedway. It was the first time the 15 year old rookie driver had visited Myrtle Beach Speedway in super late model competition but had numerous starts in late model stock competition, including two Myrtle Beach 400 starts. Ankrum capped off his 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour season with the fourth top-10 finish in only seven starts.
The green flag flew for the 100-lap event, as Ankrum would start from the 13th position but he wouldn’t stay there long. Myrtle Beach Speedway is famous for its abrasive track surface as tire conservation is at a premium. Crew chief Roger Johnson as well as driver coach Clay Rogers preached consistency and tire conservation, not allowing the rookie driver to push too hard on his four Hoosier tires. That maturity throughout the 100 laps event was key to Ankrum breaking into the lead pack, but a caution with only 20 laps remaining would shake up the outcome as the No. 58 was solidly inside the top 10. With such few laps remaining, the previous tire conservation strategy was thrown out the window and the young driver showed the speed of the No. 58 iOn Camera, K&N Filters, Performancecenter LTO machine by muscling his way into the top 5 with only a few laps remaining. Unfortunately Ankrum ran out of time to make a charge at the leaders and would finish in the 5th position.
“This was one of the toughest races I’ve ever been apart of, it was challenging in the drivers seat to balance the strategy and pace and the different driving style all at the same time. Our strategy was to try and pick up track position early and then be able to maintain a certain lap speed and contend for the win. We accomplished our goals, but just missed a little bit on car setup and at different points of the race I used up too much of my tires getting around other cars. This was a completely different race and strategy than competing here in a late model stock car. The extra horsepower in the super late models made this track really difficult to be able to race other cars without spinning the tires and abusing the tires. It was a fun challenge that I think our race team handled really well, but I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the schedule and being able to race harder and push the limits of my car which we really couldn’t do tonight at Myrtle Beach Speedway.”