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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 17:  Tyler Ankrum, driver of the #17 May's Hawaii Toyota, drives through the garage during practice for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Sponsorship forces Ankrum to scale back schedule

Defending K&N Pro Series East champion and current DGR-Crosley NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series contender Tyler Ankrum has had a change of plans when it comes to racing in 2019.

After announcing in the offseason his plan to run every race once he turned 18, Ankrum will now run a part-time schedule for the team, citing a lack of sponsorship.

Ankrum and DGR confirmed to Frontstretch that at least six more races are on his schedule for 2019, his next one coming later this month at Chicagoland Speedway.

“We think we can do more,” he says. “We hope we can get at least eight or nine in. There aren’t too many more races left after that.”