Tyler Ankrum will take on Eldora Speedway for the first time in his young career this weekend as the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series heads to Rossburg, Ohio. Ankrum will pilot the No. 17 DGR-Crosley Driver Development Tundra in the seventh annual Eldora Dirt Derby on Thursday night.
Creed returns to the site of his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start this week in Eldora. Creed's dirt background includes the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Speed Energy Stadium Trucks, the world-famous Dakar Rally and the acclaimed Baja 1000. He was a gold medalist in Stadium Super Trucks at X-Games Austin in 2015 and won the K&N Pro Series West race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in 2018.
Niece Motorsports and Ross Chastain will pay tribute to one of dirt racing’s greatest this week at Eldora Speedway. The No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado will carry the iconic JW Hunt paint scheme made famous by Jack Hewitt.
“I’ve raced here a couple times now. Last year, and a lot of laps today. Turn two, or the tunnel turn, is tricky. I feel like that wall has my name on it every time I go through there. That is never a good feeling. In the ARCA car, it’s loose. Once I get down, the bumps at the bottom shoot the back end around. It’s a tough turn. It’s just enough that you have to get out of the gas and make a solid effort to get through there. If it was any straighter, I feel like you would be close to wide open and it would be a lot easier. This place is very tricky, and it has its name for a reason.”
“They don’t call it the ‘Tricky Triangle’ for nothing. It’s tricky, but I say tricks are for kids. I don’t think it will be that big of an issue in the race. I am really confident in our truck and what we brought today. Struggled a little bit in the mock run, but I feel like I took to the track pretty fast. We were able to get to work on the truck pretty quick. I am pretty proud of my team and the setup that they brought. I don’t think we were as good as we were in Kentucky, but this track is so hard because you have three different types of tracks in one track. Turn one has a lot of banking, and you are going 180 (mph) down the straightaway. Turn three you have a lot less banking, but you are going 150 (mph) down the straightaway. Then the dogleg is another animal all its own. Lot of different characteristics with this track, but it has been a lot of fun thus far.”
Ross Chastain on Racing at Pocono: “I’m excited to get to Pocono,” said Chastain. “This is such a fun and unique race track, and I enjoy the challenge that it presents. We had a solid race at Kentucky that moved us into the top-20 in points, but our sights are set on trying to win more races before the playoffs start. I can’t thank Acurlite and BAJA enough for coming on board this weekend. I’m thrilled they’ll be joining us at the track, and I’m hoping we show them a good time.”
Stewart Friesen is hoping there is something magical in the power of three this weekend at the Tricky Triangle. The No. 52 team has prepared chassis No.305 for this weekend's race. This will be the third straight race this truck has run. Friesen finished third in Chicago, second in Kentucky and is hoping to continue the trend and break through with his first win this weekend in Pocono.