Defending NASCAR Camping Planet Truck Sequence champion Sheldon Creed survived additional time to gain Friday night’s Truck playoff opener at Environment Vast Engineering Raceway outside St. Louis.
With his victory, Creed advancements instantly to the Spherical of 8.
Extra: WWT Raceway Truck race final results, driver factors
He dominated in the course of the evening and had the race in handle with five laps to go in the scheduled 160-lap distance. But an incident involving fellow playoff driver Carson Hocevar and Tanner Gray sent the race into extra time.
Creed was up to the problem, while. He speedily obtained away from his pursuers on the closing restart and won by .292 of a second about Matt Crafton.
Moving into Friday, Creed was coming off an up-and-down typical season he was victorious at Darlington but endured 4 finishes of 32nd or even worse.
But he and his No. 2 GMS Racing team confirmed they ended up ready for the race to the championship.
“We’ve been working actually hard all calendar year – obviously, we have not experienced the velocity at moments and I have created errors at moments,” Creed advised FS1 in Victory Lane. “But we created this brand new truck and I feel like we’ve taken anything we have learned this year and just utilized it below.
“… They gave us a scorching rod these days and I couldn’t be happier. My teammate (Zane Smith) confirmed me a several issues when he bought to the direct. The bottom was superior on restarts, and then the top rated started out coming in there at the conclude.
“I really like late-race restarts. I didn’t want it. But when it arrived out, I was like, ‘All good’ – just focused and ready to execute.”
Stage 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed
Phase 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed
WHO Experienced A Very good RACE: Friesen commenced the race final amid the 10 playoff drivers in factors, but his fourth-position end gives him and his No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing team hope to advance to the following round … Hailie Deegan completed seventh to declare her initially prime 10 outcome in the Truck Collection. She turns into the fourth lady to receive these types of a result in the collection. “We’ve obtained to complete off this time sturdy,” she informed FS1. “We’ve experienced a tough year. We have experienced our ups and downs. We’ve had our excellent moments, had our not so superior times. To occur out in this article and be ready to get a fantastic, sound end and have a little something to establish off of these upcoming few races to close the period – it’s gonna be huge for me.” … Hocevar, one particular of two rookies in the playoff industry, endured by means of various incidents to appear dwelling eighth.
WHO Had A Lousy RACE: A vast majority of the 10 playoff drivers – Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, Hocevar, and John Hunter Nemechek – had been included in various complications, like crashes and mechanical issues … Hill, Gilliland and Hocevar have been caught in a wreck at Lap 113 that arrived soon after John Hunter Nemechek momentarily dropped electric power and prompted a stack-up guiding him … Then, on Lap 130, Nemechek – the title most loved – briefly went powering the wall for a claimed damaged still left-front brake rotor. Nemechek returned to the race and completed 22nd.
Noteworthy: Shortly following the restart to commence Phase 2 at Lap 59, a ability outage at the monitor despatched the race into a pink flag period. Throughout that, WWT Raceway common supervisor Chris Blair tweeted that a fire in nearby Fairmont Metropolis, Illinois took out a transformer and led to a reduction of electric power in the area. Electric power was inevitably restored the crimson flag lasted for 59 minutes, 8 seconds.
Up coming: Darlington Raceway (Playoff Spherical of 10, Race No. 2), Sunday, Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1