Creed Wins Rain-Shortened Kentucky Truck Race

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SPARTA. KY – RIS - Sheldon Creed won his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck race on Saturday when ran and lightening made it impossible to continue at the end of the second stage.  NASCAR rules say race is official at halfway or the end of the second stage.  Rain has been a constant factor during the NASCAR season. Creed won, taking the second stage just before the thunderstorm hit the track.

Creed started second in the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet and was third in the first stage before dipping low past a group of trucks on the Lap 52 restart. He then battled Kentucky native Ben Rhodes for the lead and took control for good, taking the checkered flag just as dark clouds approached over Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile oval.

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.

“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 out right but I’ll take this win.”

Rhodes, the race winner two years ago, 2015 winner Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter were next in Fords. Austin Hill was fifth in a Toyota.

It was all Moffitt in the early going. He started on pole and set the pace for the first 26 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 was beaten by Creed’s aggressive move to the bottom of the track in that frantic restart on Lap 52. Creed led 20 laps on the night.

“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 NASCAR Xfinity and ARCA Menards Series races earlier at Kentucky.

Unofficial Results, Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, Kentucky Speedway

Fin, St, Driver, Truck, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 8, Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, 71, 3, 1, 1, 20, 6, 58, Running
2) 6, Ben Rhodes, No. 99 Tenda Ford, 71, , 2, 1, 6, , 44, Running
3) 14, Matt Crafton, No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Ford, 71, , 3, , , , 42, Running
4) 11, Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Vivitar Ford, 71, , 4, , , , 40, Running
5) 5, Austin Hill, No. 16 AISIN Group Toyota, 71, 9, 5, , , , 40, Running
6) 4, Christian Eckes #, No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 71, 4, 6, , , , 43, Running
7) 2, Zane Smith #, No. 21 Michael Roberts Construction Chevrolet, 71, 1, 7, 2, 11, 1, 44, Running
8) 17, Derek Kraus #, No. 19 ENEOS Toyota, 71, 8, 8, , , , 35, Running
9) 21, Tanner Gray #, No. 15 Ford/Ford Performance Ford, 71, , 9, , , , 30, Running
10) 9, Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Speedco Ford, 71, 6, 10, , , , 33, Running
11) 1, Brett Moffitt, No. 23 GMS FAB Chevrolet, 71, 2, , 2, 26, , 35, Running
12) 7, Grant Enfinger, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Ford, 71, 7, , , , , 29, Running
13) 13, Raphael Lessard #, No. 4 SiriusXM Toyota, 71, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 31, Spencer Davis #, No. 11 Polar Bear Coolers Toyota, 71, 10, , , , , 24, Running
15) 12, Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar Racing To Beat Hunger Toyota, 71, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 3, Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 Liuna! Chevrolet, 71, 5, , , , , 27, Running
17) 32, Brennan Poole(i), No. 30 RememberEveryoneDeployed.org Toyota, 71, , , , , , 0, Running
18) 37, Parker Kligerman, No. 75 Food Country USA/UTZ Chips Chevrolet, 71, , , 1, 8, , 19, Running
19) 16, Ty Majeski #, No. 45 Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet, 71, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 27, Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 GO TEXAN/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 71, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 25, Tate Fogleman #, No. 02 Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet, 71, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 10, Chandler Smith, No. 51 JBL Toyota, 71, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 30, Cory Roper, No. 04 CarQuest Ford, 71, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 28, Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Bommarito.com/Rusty's Off Road Chevrolet, 71, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 23, Angela Ruch, No. 00 THE WOUNDED BLUE Toyota, 71, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 33, Clay Greenfield, No. 68 Rackley Roofing Toyota, 71, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 18, Ryan Truex, No. 40 Marquis Chevrolet, 71, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 39, Dawson Cram, No. 55 Long Motorsports Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 15, Natalie Decker, No. 44 N29 Capital Partners Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 26, Tyler Hill, No. 56 Hill Motorsports Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 19, Chase Purdy, No. 24 BAMABUGGIES.com Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 36, Ray Ciccarelli, No. 83 CMI Properties Chevrolet, 70, , , , , , 5, Running
33) 24, Bryant Barnhill, No. 33 Uland & Son Heavy Equipment Transporting , 69, , , , , , 5, Running
34) 22, Korbin Forrister, No. 7 Nursing Home Heroes Toyota, 69, , , , , , 5, Running
35) 34, Tim Viens, No. 49 Hunter Up/CMI Motorsports Chevrolet, 55, , , , , , 5, Handling
36) 40, Trey Hutchens III, No. 14 Heinz Bros. Performance Chevrolet, 50, , , , , , 5, Accident
37) 35, Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 10 Fastener Supply Company Chevrolet, 48, , , , , , 5, Accident
38) 29, Spencer Boyd, No. 20 Crowe Equipment Inc Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 5, Running
39) 20, Codie Rohrbaugh, No. 9 Pray for Joshua Chevrolet, 13, , , , , , 5, Accident
40) 38, Norm Benning, No. 6 H & H Transport Chevrolet, 13, , , , , , 5, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Race Length: 71 Laps, 106.5 miles
Time of Race: 1 hr, 5 min, 14 sec
Average Speed: 97.956 mph
Margin of Victory: Under Caution

Stage 1 Top 10: 21, 23, 2, 18, 26, 38, 98, 19, 16, 11

Stage 2 Top 10: 2, 99, 88, 13, 16, 18, 21, 19, 15, 38

Race Comments: Sheldon Creed won the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway, his first NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory.

Prior to the start, the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason indicated: No. 14 (unapproved adjustments), No. 83 (missed rookie meeting), No. 13, No. 19, No. 99 (pre-race inspection infraction).

Caution Flags: 7 for 25 laps;
Laps: 2-7 (Fluid on track [None]);
15-18 (No. 9 Incident Turn 1 [6]);
23-25 (No. 49 Spin Turn 3 [55]);
37-40 (Stage 1 Conclusion [55]);
44-46 (No. 33 Spin 4 [40]);
48-51 (No. 7, No. 10 Incident Turn 2 [40]);
71-71 (Stage 2 Conclusion [None]).

Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers;
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.

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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