Creed Gets First NASCAR Victory

Sheldon Creed gets first NASCAR victory of his career in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 11th.
SPARTA, KENTUCKY – JULY 11: Sheldon Creed, driver of the #2 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the rain-delayed NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on July 11, 2020 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Creed gets first NASCAR victory of his career in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Buckle Up Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 11th.

Sheldon Creed prevailed in a frantic three-wide restart on lap 52 of Saturday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race, and held the spot through the second stage break, to earn his first career series victory when lightning and rain showers forced the race to be called official 71 laps into the scheduled 150-lapper.

Menacing weather around Kentucky Speedway ultimately caused teams to race the skies, as well as each other, and Creed’s bold move around Kentucky native Ben Rhodes and rookie Zane Smith on that restart turned out to be the trophy-maker.

The Top-Ten

Rhodes, who won here in 2018 and defending series champion Matt Crafton, who rallied from sixth place on that restart, ultimately finished second and third. Johnny Sauter and series championship leader Austin Hill rounded out the top-five.

Rookies Christian Eckes, Smith, Derek Kraus, and Tanner Gray finished sixth through ninth with Todd Gilliland rounding out the top-ten. Another former series champion, Brett Moffitt, who led a race-best 27 laps, finished 11th after having to come back up through the field following a pit stop penalty at the end of Stage 1.

Various Strategies

It was all Moffitt in the early going. He started on the pole and set the pace for the first 27 laps, but Smith got around Moffitt on a lap 26 restart and was able to hold the point to earn his first stage win of the season.

Differing pit strategies, however, put Parker Kligerman, Crafton, Rhodes, and Austin Wayne Self in front to start Stage 2, and they held their own even against the cars with fresher tires. Rhodes took the lead on lap 46, but Creed beat him with an aggressive move to the bottom of the track in that frantic restart on lap 52.  He led 20 laps on the night.

Creed Gets First NASCAR Victory

Creed, driver of the No. 2 GMS Chevrolet, earned his career-first win in only his 37th series start. The 22-year old Californian’s previous best finish was runner-up – twice – at Eldora and Michigan last season.

“It feels awesome. I’d really like to have finished that out and get the real checkered flag,” said Creed, who conceded he was a little nervous going to the bottom of the race track to make that winning move after watching the Xfinity and ARCA Menards Series races earlier at Kentucky.

Ultimately, it all worked out for him.

“Have to thank all my guys, who have been putting so much time in the shop,” Creed said, also thanking his family, friends, sponsors, and the GMS team for this significant accomplishment in his young career.

“Really wish I could have gotten to the finish line and finished that outright but I’ll take this win.”

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Point Standings

Hill’s fifth-place finish was his seventh top-ten in the season’s seven races, and he now holds a commanding 47-point advantage over Rhodes in the championship standings.  Creed joins two-race winner Grant Enfinger as the two full-time truck series drivers with victories on the season.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Race – 10th Annual Buckle Up In Your Truck 225

Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky

Saturday, July 11, 2020

               1. (8)  Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 71.

               2. (6)  Ben Rhodes, Ford, 71.

               3. (14)  Matt Crafton, Ford, 71.

               4. (11)  Johnny Sauter, Ford, 71.

               5. (5)  Austin Hill, Toyota, 71.

               6. (4)  Christian Eckes #, Toyota, 71.

               7. (2)  Zane Smith #, Chevrolet, 71.

               8. (17)  Derek Kraus #, Toyota, 71.

               9. (21)  Tanner Gray #, Ford, 71.

               10. (9)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 71.

               11. (1)  Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 71.

               12. (7)  Grant Enfinger, Ford, 71.

               13. (13)  Raphael Lessard #, Toyota, 71.

               14. (31)  Spencer Davis #, Toyota, 71.

               15. (12)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 71.

               16. (3)  Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, 71.

               17. (32)  Brennan Poole(i), Toyota, 71.

               18. (37)  Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 71.

               19. (16)  Ty Majeski #, Chevrolet, 71.

               20. (27)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 71.

               21. (25)  Tate Fogleman #, Chevrolet, 71.

               22. (10)  Chandler Smith, Toyota, 71.

               23. (30)  Cory Roper, Ford, 71.

               24. (28)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 71.

               25. (23)  Angela Ruch, Toyota, 71.

               26. (33)  Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 71.

               27. (18)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 71.

               28. (39)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, 70.

               29. (15)  Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, 70.

               30. (26)  Tyler Hill, Chevrolet, 70.

               31. (19)  Chase Purdy, Chevrolet, 70.

               32. (36)  Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, 70.

               33. (24)  Bryant Barnhill, Toyota, 69.

               34. (22)  Korbin Forrister, Toyota, 69.

               35. (34)  Tim Viens, Chevrolet, Handling, 55.

               36. (40)  Trey Hutchens III, Chevrolet, Accident, 50.

               37. (35)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Accident, 48.

               38. (29)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 46.

               39. (20)  Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, Accident, 13.

               40. (38)  Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Engine, 13.

The Buckle Up Your Truck 225 Stats

Average Speed of Race Winner:  97.956 mph.

Time of Race:  One Hr, Five Mins, 14 Secs. The Margin of Victory:  Under Caution Seconds.

Caution Flags:  Seven for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  Six among five drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Moffitt 1-25;Z. Smith # 26-32;B. Moffitt 33;Z. Smith # 34-37;P. Kligerman 38-45;B. Rhodes 46-51;S. Creed 52-71.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Brett Moffitt two times for 26 laps; Sheldon Creed one time for 20 laps; Zane Smith # two times for 11 laps; Parker Kligerman one time for eight laps; Ben Rhodes one time for six laps.

Stage 1 Top-Ten: 21,23,2,18,26,38,98,19,16,11

Stage 2 Top-Ten: 2,99,88,13,16,18,21,19,15,38