Sheldon Creed Punches Ticket to Truck Series Championship 4

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Sheldon Creed punches ticket to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Championship 4 with a win on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 25: Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on October 25, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Sheldon Creed punches ticket to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Championship 4 with a win on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brett Moffitt gave GMS Racing teammate Sheldon Creed a forceful invitation to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship party.

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Hill Wins in Las Vegas and Earns a Spot in Next Round of Playoffs

Austin Hill wins in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 25: Austin Hill, driver of the No. 16 Weins Canada Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 25, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Hill wins in Las Vegas for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 on Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Austin Hill rebounded Friday night, using a great final restart to earn the Playoff win in the World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hill, who started 11th, reminded his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series competitors there’s a reason he won the regular-season title.

Taking the lead for good on a restart with 39 laps remaining, Hill was jumping out ahead of the night’s most dominant driver Sheldon Creed. Creed led a race-best 89 of the 134 laps, ultimately finishing runner-up by 0.546-seconds.

The Rest of the Best

Tanner Gray finished third, followed by Stewart Friesen and Chandler Smith. Grant Enfinger, Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Tyler Ankrum – all Playoff drivers – to round out the top-ten.

“I was probably looking in my mirror more than I was looking out front,” Hill conceded of keeping Creed behind. “I knew he was better than we were and I knew I was going to have to protect.

“We didn’t have the best truck tonight, by no means,” Hill added. “We had to fight a lot of adversity in Stages One and Two. We weren’t good at all and [crew chief] Scott [Zipadelli] and the guys kept working on it and got better and better.

“The pit crew did a hell of a job on that last pit stop getting me in position I needed and I just had to go out there and get it and that’s what we did.”

With 11 laps remaining and Creed trying valiantly to catch Hill, his No. 2 GMS Racing Chevy truck hit the outside wall. In his effort, Creed was dropping to inside a second of catching Hill, but in the process, was falling to more than a second behind. Yet he was turning in an amazing push in the final laps to keep Hill honest.

Hill Wins in Las Vegas

Hill’s win in Las Vegas marks the second victory of the season for the 26-year old Georgia-native Hill and matched his Playoff win at Las Vegas last year. Most importantly, it gives Hill the automatic berth in the next round of the 2020 Playoffs. Entering the Las Vegas race, Hill was ranked eighth of the ten Playoff drivers – the final transfer position after a rare non-top-ten finish (25th) in last week’s Bristol Playoff opener.

Hill’s victory was that much sweeter for his team since his No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota truck carried a very special name for NASCAR’s ‘Honor a Cancer Hero’ weekend. Hill’s truck honored ‘Torie Costa’ Zipadelli’s 20-year old daughter, who passed away from cancer in 2015.

Sheldon Creed Finds the Positive with Stage Wins

Taking away some positives from the night, despite Creed’s heart-breaking ending. he swept both stages by winning, besting Brett Moffitt in Stage 1 and Zane Smith in Stage 2 by a dominating four-second advantage. The effort gave Creed seven stage wins on the season – most in the series.

“Just frustrating, the best truck I’ve had all year and best truck I’ve had at this race track,” Creed said, disappointedly explaining his night. “We’re all racing hard. We’re in the playoffs, can’t really complain, that’s racing. Fought hard, back to second.”

The Playoff Contenders

As for the other Playoff eligible drivers, Todd Gilliland finished 14th, Brett Moffitt was 15th and Ben Rhodes – who spun out and brought out one of the race’s five caution periods, was 23rd.

The Playoff standings now show Hill with an automatic berth into the second round. Creed is ranked second, followed by Moffitt, Smith, Ankrum, and Eckes. With his tough night, Rhodes dropped to ninth place – six points behind Eckes with one race remaining to set the eight-driver second-round field. Gilliland is 10th – 19 points behind Eckes.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Point Standings

Action Sports and IndyCar Crossover

Along with the championship intrigue, the race featured a pair of new entrants – action sports star and former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Travis Pastrana and IndyCar driver Conor Daly ran NEICE Motorsports trucks. The idea was taking a fierce iRacing competition between the two into ‘real life.’

This round went to Daly, with a finish of 18th in his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut. Unfortunately for Pastrana he suffered a couple of early race setbacks, going down a lap at one point and was able to rally to a 21st place finish.

Up Next

The next race – and final first round competition – is the Talladega 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday.

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Race – 24th Annual World of Westgate 200

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, Nevada

Friday, September 25, 2020

               1. (11)  Austin Hill (P), Toyota, 134.

               2. (4)  Sheldon Creed (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               3. (12)  Tanner Gray #, Ford, 134.

               4. (17)  Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 134.

               5. (5)  Chandler Smith, Toyota, 134.

               6. (3)  Grant Enfinger (P), Ford, 134.

               7. (7)  Zane Smith # (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               8. (9)  Christian Eckes # (P), Toyota, 134.

               9. (6)  Matt Crafton (P), Ford, 134.

               10. (2)  Tyler Ankrum (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               11. (13)  Johnny Sauter, Ford, 134.

               12. (23)  Ryan Truex, Chevrolet, 134.

               13. (10)  Todd Gilliland (P), Ford, 134.

               14. (34)  Dylan Lupton, Ford, 134.

               15. (1)  Brett Moffitt (P), Chevrolet, 134.

               16. (18)  Tate Fogleman #, Chevrolet, 134.

               17. (26)  Tyler Hill, Chevrolet, 134.

               18. (27)  Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 133.

               19. (32)  Spencer Davis, Toyota, 133.

               20. (15)  Raphael Lessard #, Toyota, 133.

               21. (29)  Travis Pastrana, Chevrolet, 133.

               22. (21)  Clay Greenfield, Toyota, 133.

               23. (8)  Ben Rhodes (P), Ford, 132.

               24. (25)  Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 132.

               25. (19)  Danny Bohn, Toyota, 132.

               26. (35)  Ray Ciccarelli, Chevrolet, 131.

               27. (16)  Chase Purdy, Chevrolet, 131.

               28. (24)  Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 129.

               29. (30)  Josh Reaume, Toyota, 127.

               30. (14)  Derek Kraus #, Toyota, 125.

               31. (31)  Jesse Iwuji, Toyota, 115.

               32. (20)  Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Track Bar, 85.

               33. (36)  Tim Viens, Chevrolet, Too Slow, 69.

               34. (28)  Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Oil Tank, 62.

               35. (33)  Dawson Cram, Chevrolet, Accident, 16.

               36. (22)  Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, Fatigue, 0.

The World of Westgate 200 Stats

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.861 mph.

Time of Race:  One Hr, 40 Mins, 37 Secs. The Margin of Victory:  0.546 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  Five for 25 laps.

Lead Changes:  Four among four drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Moffitt (P) 1;S. Creed (P) 2-67;C. Eckes # (P) 68-72;S. Creed (P) 73-95;A. Hill (P) 96-134.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Sheldon Creed (P) two times for 89 laps; Austin Hill (P) one time for 39 laps; Christian Eckes # (P) one time for five laps; Brett Moffitt (P) one time for one lap.

Stage 1 Top-Ten: 2,23,19,98,21,99,18,15,88,51

Stage 2 Top-Ten: 2,21,23,19,99,13,18,88,16,15

Ben Rhodes Uses Strategy to Win at Darlington

Ben Rhodes uses strategy and an overtime pass to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway.
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 06: Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 Tenda Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway on September 06, 2020, in Darlington, South Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Ben Rhodes uses strategy and an overtime pass to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series South Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Darlington Raceway.

With the three drivers in front of him opting to pit just before an overtime restart, Ben Rhodes chose to stay on track in the fourth position and held off rookie Derek Kraus, winning Sunday’s South Carolina Education Lottery 200.

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Sheldon Creed Takes the Win at WWT Raceway at Gateway

Sheldon Creed takes the win in the CarShield 200 for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at WWT Raceway at Gateway.
MADISON, IL – AUGUST 30: Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, poses with the Mike Mittler Memorial Trophy after winning the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at World Wide Technology Raceway on August 30, 2020, in Madison, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images

Sheldon Creed takes the win in the CarShield 200 for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at WWT Raceway at Gateway.

In his second NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series victory in the last three weeks, Sheldon Creed held off former series champion Brett Moffitt by a mere 0.881-second to take the trophy in Sunday afternoon’s CarShield 200 Presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

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Sheldon Creed Wins Inaugural Truck Race at Daytona Road Course

Sheldon Creed wins the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco 159 at the Daytona International Speedway road course.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco 159 at Daytona International Speedway on August 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Sheldon Creed wins the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Sunoco 159 at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Holding off his GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt twice on restarts with less than five laps remaining in Sunday’s Sunoco 159, the 22-year old Sheldon Creed ultimately beat the former series champion by a mere 0.743-seconds in overtime. Creed earns the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race victory at Daytona International Speedway’s famed road course for his second victory of the season.

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