Another Strong Showing for DGR-Crosley's K&N East
Teams at South Boston Speedway
Ankrum secures first-career NASCAR win, Dippel earns two top-five finishes
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 14, 2018) - DGR-Crosley added a fourth consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) win over the weekend, as rookie driver Tyler Ankrum secured his first-career NASCAR victory. The NKNPSE hosted a double header at South Boston (Va.) Speedway where Ankrum grabbed two podium finishes with a first and third place result. His teammate, Tyler Dippel, brought home a fifth and a second-place finish in the Who's Your Driver Twin 100's.
The No. 54 Modern Meat Co. Toyota of Ankrum and the No. 17 TyCar Trenchless Technology/D&A Concrete Toyota of Dippel were quick from the start. Both drivers were in the top five during each practice session at South Boston Speedway. The speed continued for the DGR-Crosley drivers throughout qualifying. Dippel qualified second with a time of 14.735 seconds while his teammate, Ankrum, followed right behind him with a third-place qualifying effort of 14.780.
The green flag dropped for the first Who's Your Driver Twin 100's and Ankrum took off, staying up front for the entire race. He took over the lead on lap 25 and maintained that position for 76 laps until the checkered flag flew, capturing his first ever NKNPSE win. Dippel remained towards the front of the pack for the entirety of the race but lost a few positions on lap 86 after contact with the No. 4 car, resulting in a fifth-place finish.
"The restarts were definitely crucial," Ankrum said. "With it being so hard to pass here and the top being so dominant it just makes it really tough on the bottom. Getting the lead was very important. That's what we try to do every restart. We had a fast car. I enjoyed the race, it's nice leading laps and being up front."
In the second Who's Your Driver Twin 100's, Ankrum started sixth and Dippel started ninth. The two teammates quickly worked their way through the field. On lap 84 of 100, Ankrum chased down leader Chase Cabre and made a pass to take over the top spot, though just for a moment. The two made contact, and Ankrum was sent spinning. While he didn't get a chance at another win, he was able to finish off the night with another podium, third place. Dippel was able to sit back and watch the drama unfold as another accident in front of him allowed him to take over another position. He crossed the finished line behind the leader in second place.
"The DGR-Crosley guys brought me a good car, but we didn't quite have the speed that we needed to contend for the win," said Dippel. "Starting ninth in the second race hurt us -- it's tough to pass here and the traffic really slowed us down. Luckily, we weren't caught up in the accidents at the end and were able to bring the TyCar Trenchless Technology, D&A Concrete Toyota home with a second-place finish. Overall it was a pretty decent weekend with two top-five finishes. We'll regroup and be ready to go in Memphis in a couple weeks."
Ankrum extended his points lead over teammate Dippel by 11 points. The NKNPSE will race again on Saturday, June 2, at Memphis International Speedway.