MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Tyler Ankrum checked off another box in his rookie campaign.
The 17-year-old from San Bernardino, California, scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole with a record run Saturday afternoon at Memphis International Raceway.
Ankrum, the series’ points leader, had a lap of 22.980 seconds (117.492 mph) around the .75-mile D-oval in his No. 17 Modern Meat Company Toyota. He edged DGR-Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel, who was second at 23.014 (117.320).
The top 18 cars all eclipsed the pole speed of Chase Purdy (23.799/113.450) set in the inaugural event last year.
Spencer Davis and Ruben Garcia Jr. were fourth and fifth, respectively, in qualifying.
Chase Cabre qualified sixth, followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr., Derek Kraus, Anthony Alfredo and Cole Rouse.
The green flag for the Memphis 150 presented by Autozone is schedule for 6 p.m. CT.