Tyler Ankrum will drive a second truck for Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2022. (Logan Riely/Getty Images Photo)
Tyler Ankrum. (Logan Riely/Getty Images Photo)

Ankrum Tapped For Full-Time Truck Series Action With MHR

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Tyler Ankrum will join McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series lineup next season, the team revealed Thursday morning.

Ankrum will pilot the newly renumbered No. 18 Chevrolet Silverado RST and will be led by veteran crew chief Mark Hillman. The San Bernardino, Calif. driver will carry the familiar LIUNA colors on board his Chevrolet for 21 of the 23 Truck Series races. 

Additionally, Ullico (The Union Labor Life Insurance Company), will adorn Ankrum’s No. 18 Chevrolet as the primary sponsor for two races.

Ankrum brings additional Truck Series playoff experience to the MHR stable as he qualified for the seven-race championship chase in 2019-’20.

“Joining MHR for 2024 is an exciting next step for me and a great opportunity,” Ankrum said. “Both teams showed a ton of speed and versatility in 2023, and the results were there to show for it. I’m looking forward to working with Mark (Hillman) and his team and looking forward to being teammates with Christian (Eckes), Jack (Wood), and Daniel (Dye).

“I want to get back to the playoffs and I know the potential is there at MHR to accomplish that next year.”

“We’re really glad to have Tyler join the team as we continue to grow in 2024,” team owner Bill McAnally said. “Tyler has shown he can get the job done at this level, and we want to get him back in the playoffs and be a strong contender this year. Surrounding him with Mark (Hillman) and the No. 35 team from last season will be a great fit for Tyler and we’re excited he’s joining our expanding program.”