It looked to be the Brian Campbell show once again at Toledo Speedway for the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the Glass City 200. He had taken the lead from his ninth starting spot by lap 30 and was cruising up front. However, Campbell’s race ended on lap 75 after falling off the pace with engine issues, creating a whole different race.
The beneficiary from Campbell’s misfortune was current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Tyler Ankrum, who retook the lead after Campbell slowed down and went on to win his first-career ARCA/CRA Super Series race.
“It was a pretty exciting race all the way throughout,” Ankrum told Speed51.com. “We had that really long green flag run in the middle of the race. We had a really fast race car. I let Brian (Campbell) go because he was applying a lot of pressure to me. As soon as he got out front he was really strong. I figured I was just going to race my own race. He’d get a half straightaway out and he’d back up and I’d think, ‘Oh I’m faster than him,’ and I’d start catching him a little bit. I think we would’ve had something for him if he wouldn’t have broken. He’s a really smart and fast racer and it sucks for him.”
Ankrum started fifth after the invert and had quickly moved to the lead after a Lap-19 restart. He held the top spot for 10 laps before Campbell slid by him for the lead. He rode in second throughout the middle stages of the race before inheriting the lead after Campbell’s mechanical woes. He kept control of the lead on the final restart with 18 laps to go to take the checkered flag.
Kyle Crump finished in the runner-up spot for the second time this year. He had an eventful day, as he started tenth and had to drive through the field twice after a late-race incident.
“We had an eventful day,” Crump said. “We had issues with the motor all day long. It hurt us in qualifying, we had a huge miss there and we qualified in the back of the pack. That thing was a rocket ship tonight. The motor was great. That thing was handling awesome. We got into a little skirmish there and had to go to the back and rallied all the way back to second. I just didn’t have enough for Tyler (Ankrum) there at the end.”
For Ankrum, his first ARCA/CRA Super Series win was a long time coming. He had eight top tens in 12 starts going into Saturday night’s race, including a second in the series’ visit to Toledo in June. This win adds to his impressive season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he has four wins on the season and a sizeable points lead.
“We’ve tried and tried to win one of these things and we’ve came close many times, but we just couldn’t get it done. All the guys in the pits and at the shop would be like, ‘When are you going to win?’ So it’s awesome to finally win here. Toledo is probably my favorite Super Late Model track and we’ve had some really strong runs here. I love this series, so it’s cool to finally be able to win. We’ll go on to Loudon in the K&N Series and try to lock up the championship.”
The final race of the 2018 ARCA/CRA Super Series season will be the Winchester 400 on Sunday, October 14th. Josh Brock, Austin Kunert, Hunter Jack, and Jon Beach are the four drivers that will compete for the championship.
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (Indiana & Michigan) – Twitter: @KGeyer3
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