Creed Earns 1st Career Truck Series Win In Rain Shortened Trucks Race At Kentucky, Main Takeaway

SPARTA, KY — Sheldon Creed earned his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory in an unconventional way on Saturday. But, it’s 2020, so nothing is conventional anymore.

Creed, passed Ben Rhodes for the lead in Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 from the Kentucky Speedway on Lap 51 and that proved to be the deciding factor in scoring his first victory in 37 career starts.

The 2018 ARCA champion was in the top spot in his No. 2 Chevrolet when lightning brought out a red flag just following the conclusion of the second stage. While under the red flag, rain unleashed on the 1.5-mile race track and brought an early end to the race after just 71 of 150 laps.

Creed, finished third in Stage 1 but his stage win in the second stage not only was his third on the season, but gave him a playoff berth too in being the victor.

Rhodes, was hit with an L1 penalty prior to the start for a pre race inspection failure and had to go to the back at the start. He’d not pit at the end of Stage 1 and that decision allowed him to finish runner-up for the Kentucky native. It was his second top two finish in his last three Kentucky Speedway starts and fifth top 10 in his last five tries on the season too in his No. 99 Ford.

Rhodes’ ThorSport teammate and defending Truck Series champion, Matt Crafton, had the same strategy as Rhodes and would finish third in his No. 88 Ford. Crafton, now has two top 10 finishes in his last three starts of the season but this was only his second top five. He now has nine top 10 finishes in his last 10 Kentucky starts though.

Johnny Sauter was fourth and had a similar pre race fate as his teammate in front of him. Sauter, scored a top five for the first time at Kentucky since 2015 and only the second time since 2011. He does have two top five’s in his last three starts of the year in his No. 13 Ford and five top seven’s in seven tries in 2020.

Austin Hill rounded out the top five in his No. 16 Toyota for his first top five at Kentucky but seventh top 10 in as many starts this season. Four of those seven are in the top five too.

Creed A Legit Championship Contender

Sheldon Creed finally has won a Truck Series race. Now, you have to think that he’s a championship favorite. Creed, won both stages at Pocono a couple of weeks ago but finished third. He won the second stage on Saturday and that proved to be the winning move.

Creed, now has three top five finishes in his last five starts on the season and five top 10’s in seven tries.

Crafton And Friesen In Danger Of Missing Playoffs

Matt Crafton finally got a top five finish, but he’s also still 22 points out of the playoff bubble. The defending series champion has only led seven laps all year and hasn’t won a race in 65 starts now (July 2017). He’s getting to close to being to a point to where his three year winless drought is going to have to win in order for him to make the postseason.

Same for Stewart Friesen. The duo battled for the championship last November in Miami and now both are in danger of not even making the playoffs. Friesen, is 31 points out himself in 14th in the standings.

Friesen, has yet to score a top five this year and has just two top 10’s over his last five starts.

Pit Penalty Cost Moffitt

GMS Racing looked the glass of the field in Stage 1. They finished 1-2-3-5. But, with all of them pitting including a penalty from Brett Moffitt, it cost them that dominating finish even though the race was rain shortened.

Moffitt, did come back up to finish 11th, but he’s not finished in the top 10 in four of his five Kentucky Truck starts. He falls to ninth in the standings and only 11 points ahead of the cutoff line.

Key Stat

For the second straight year, Kentucky Speedway produced a first time winner. Tyler Ankrum won last July and now his GMS teammate Sheldon Creed does the same a year later.

Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 Results (Rain Shortened On Lap 71)

  1.  2 Creed
  2. 99 Rhodes
  3. 88 Crafton
  4. 13 Sauter
  5. 16 AHill
  6. 18 Eckes R
  7. 21 Smith R
  8. 19 Kraus R
  9. 15 Gray R
  10. 38 Gilliland
  11. 23 Moffitt
  12. 98 Enfinger
  13.  4 Lessard R
  14. 11 Davis R
  15. 52 Friesen
  16. 26 Ankrum
  17. 30 Poole
  18. 75 Kligerman
  19. 45 Majeski R
  20. 22 Self
  21. 02 Fogleman R
  22. 51 Smith
  23. 04 Roper
  24.  3 Anderson
  25. 00 Ruch
  26. 68 Greenfield
  27. 40 Truex
  28. 55 Cram
  29. 44 Decker -1
  30. 56 THill -1
  31. 24 Purdy -1
  32. 83 Ciccarelli -1
  33. 33 Barnhill -2
  34.  7 Forrister -2
  35. 49 Viens OUT
  36. 14 Hutchens III OUT
  37. 10 Cobb OUT
  38. 20 Boyd -25
  39.  9 Rohrbaugh OUT
  40.  6 Benning OUT

 

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