Friday, July 7, 2023

Ankrum Accomplishes The Comeback, Wins ARCA Zinsser SmartCoat 150 at Mid-Ohio

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Tyler Ankrum recovered from an excursion into the sand trap to score the ARCA Menards Series win in Friday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Photo Credit: Ben Branscum,

It was a knockdown, beat out, fender-banging duel at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and at the end of it all it was NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Tyler Ankrum who took home the checkered flag in the ARCA Menards Series Zinsser SmartCoat 150.

Ankrum and the No. 61 team for Hattori Racing Enterprises didn’t simply cruise to the victory, the 22-year-old racer had to overcome a mid-race spin through the gravel trap, and a fall outside of the top 10 to pull off the stirring victory.

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Here is a video of the incident that ended with Ankrum falling outside of the top-10 of the running order with 18 laps remaining:

“I was thinking to myself ‘I’m just gonna drive it to the 100, brake, downshift, and turn and it’ll stick. And it did the same exact thing as the first time, but I just couldn’t hang onto it this time,” Ankrum said about the spin in his post-race press conference.

While he knew he had a rocket ship under him in the race, Ankrum had no clue he’d be able to claw his way all the way back to the race lead with so few laps remaining in the race.

“Did I think that I had a really fast car? Yes. Did I think that I could make it back to the front? No,” Ankrum added. “At the moment I didn’t think I could do that. It wasn’t until…about a lap or two later I passed two cars and could still see the leaders off-turn two. I was thinking to myself ‘I’ve got the car to do this.'”

While he didn’t think it was possible, Ankrum hung in there and in the end he found a way to score the victory.

Rookie William Sawalich came home second, five seconds behind Ankrum. The was just Sawalich’s second road course start in the ARCA platform (the first was Portland International Raceway).

Jack Wood came home third in the No. 6 Rev Racing entry.

Jesse Love, the ARCA Menards Series point leader, had a similar day to Ankrum. Love was unable to turn a lap in qualifying due to an electrical issue, which relegated him to an 18th-place starting spot. His Venturini Motorsports team also had the same issue right before the start.

The No. 20 team for Venturini Motorsports was able to get Love’s car fired and running in time for the green flag. As the race unfolded, the Menlo Park, CA native worked his way through the field to come home fourth.

Dale Quarterley was able to come home in fifth.

Tempers were hot between VMS cars though as last-lap contact between Truck Series driver Dean Thompson and rookie Sean Hingorani put both cars in the gravel trap. They’d end up 10th for Thompson and 13th for Hingorani.

Video: Sean Hingorani Retaliates on Teammate Dean Thompson on Final Lap at Mid-Ohio

The contact from Hingorani on Thompson was retaliation for a heated battle for the lead between the two teammates with eight laps to go, which led to Hingorani skidding off the track and spinning through the grass.

ARCA Menards Series Zinsser SmartCoat 150 at Mid-Ohio Race Results

Fin.St.No.DriverTeamLapsDiffStatusBest Lap
1261Tyler AnkrumHattori Racing Enterprises
2418William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / SoundGear
336Jack WoodRev Racing
Velocity Racing
41920Jesse LoveVenturini Motorsports
584Dale Quarterley1/4-Ley Racing
Van Dyk Recycling
6730Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
71013Todd SouzaCentral Coast Racing
Central Coast Cabinets
8925Conner JonesVenturini Motorsports
Jones Utilities
91111Zach HerrinFast Track Racing
Lambda Legal
10655Dean ThompsonVenturini Motorsports
Thompson Pipe Group
411 lapOUT90.117
111232Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
411 lapRunning92.8
121366Jon GarrettVeer Motorsports
Venture Foods Stores
411 lapRunning95.12
13115Sean HingoraniVenturini Motorsports
402 lapsOUT89.667
141675Bob SchachtBob Schacht Racing
Engineered Components
402 lapsRunning96.158
1552Andres Perez de LaraRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc.
402 lapsRunning90.322
161410Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
Universal Technical Institute
1725 lapsOUT96.926
17170A.J. MoyerWayne Peterson Racing
River's Edge Cottages
1527 lapsOUT118.256
182003Casey CardenClubb Racing, Inc.
Bill's Speed Shop
1230 lapsOUT102.527
191506Tim RichmondWayne Peterson Racing
Circle Track Wearhouse
537 lapsOUT101.325
202112Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
438 lapsOUT101.414
211848Brad SmithBrad Smith Racing
141 lapsOUT133.441

Up next, the ARCA Menards Series heads to the cornfields of Iowa for the Calypso 150 in the ARCA East combination race. You can watch that event live on Saturday, July 15th at 8 PM ET on FS2.

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