Tyler Ankrum streaked from the back of the field to the front to take the victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Throwback 100 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) Saturday night.


Ankrum, who broke the track record during qualifying, was sent to the back of the field for failing post-qualifying inspection.  He methodically worked his way through the field, claiming the lead for the first time on Lap 94 of the 100-lap feature race.


Spencer Davis, who also broke the track record during qualifying, led the first three-quarters of the race.  He was passed for the lead on Lap 75 by Dillon Bassett.


Ankrum had climbed his way up to second, but fell back to fourth after mistiming the Lap 71 restart.  Bassett led from Lap 75 to Lap 94, before Ankrum chased him down and drove off into the sunset.


“Yeah we had an awesome car, a fantastic car,” Ankrum said in Victory Lane.  “I couldn’t have asked for any better car.  The thing from the start of the race was on rails.  About halfway through the race we had gotten to fourth or fifth and I thought to myself there’s no stopping us.”


Dillon Bassett was able to hang on for a strong second-place finish. Ankrum’s teammate Tyler Dippel finished third.  Spencer Davis fell back to fourth, a disappointing end to a promising day.  Chase Cabre fought his way up to a strong fifth-place finish.


Anthony Alfredo, Brandon McReynolds, Chase Dowling, Ruben Garcia, Jr., and Ryan Vargas completed the top 10.


With his victory Saturday night, Ankrum also extends his lead atop the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points standings.


The K&N Pro Series East drivers will return to the Northeast next Saturday (July 21) for their first of two stops at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Race fans can find on-demand Trackside Now coverage of Saturday’s Thompson Throwback by clicking here.


-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent

-Photo credit: Speed51.com

Ankrum Goes From Worst to First in Thompson Throwback