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Sheldon Creed, a breakout star in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Line, completed his race by winning the 2020 championship at Phoenix Raceway.
Creed finished ahead of four fellow country champions Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt and Zane Smith on the 1-mile track to claim the crown in his second full-time driving season for GMS Racing.
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Creed is running for the third time before the warning appears when there are three rounds left. Team No. 2 was elected to buy four new tires, allowing Creed to quickly move across the field after a ninth reboot and lead Chandler Smith in the second to final lap.
“My teammates are going to win the championship and I̵7;ll be third,” said Creed. “I pride myself on rebooting week after week and just nailing the reboot there. Drive this thing as hard as possible. I want this too bad.
“I don’t know how I did it, I just drive as much as I can,” he added. “My whole family… we have about 20 campsites here. Tonight I’ll have some cold beer ”.
Moffitt, who took the lead in overtime restart time, was pressured by third-class driver Ben Rhodes as the trucks traveled three laps wide through dogleg and into Round 1. While Creed used the road apron racing to move forward, Moffitt slipped back to 10th place with third result in the playoff standings.
Smith finished second with similar results in the final playoff rankings, while Enfinger came in 13th to rank fourth out of the four championships.
Creed, 23 from Alpine, California, has raced in 53 Gander Trucks events during his career. He scored his first win earlier this season at Kentucky Speedway. He also won the Daytona International Circuit, the Gateway Global Tech Track and the Texas Motor Track in Round 8 to advance to Championship 4.
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Creed has improved in every major statistical category in 2020 compared to his first full-time season in 2019. That first year included 11 results in the top 10 and 4 top 5 results out of 23. race and he finished the season in 10th place in the standings. This year, he entered the Phoenix finale with four wins, eight top five results and 12 top 10 results.
Creed started the 2020 season at No. 9 at Daytona oval and then posted two more top 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. After falling out of the top 10 in the next two races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Creed returned to third place at Pocono Raceway before returning a win in the first series in Kentucky.
That win came in a brief rainy event as Creed made a bold move within the wide three to take the lead from ThorSport Racing’s Rhodes and teammate Zane Smith before the race paused for weather. . At the time, Creed said, “I really wish I could finish and hit the target, but I’ll win.”
The bold style Creed used to get his first win can be traced back to his filthy background.
“That guy can go out there and throw things sideways all day and he doesn’t care,” said Creed’s team-mate at GMS Racing, Tyler Ankrum, said.
Learning to master the line between taking risks and keeping in control is what Creed says is the key to his success this season. Creed used those experiences to be strong at the end of the year with the No. 2 Chevrolet team. In addition to winning in Texas, he also finished second at Las Vegas and Kansas Speedway in the knockout rounds.
Creed is contracted again to drive for GMS Racing the following year, along with Ankrum, so he will have a chance to defend his title.
Creed also has a title in the ARCA Menards Series which he won in 2018 while joining MDM Motorsports. Before that, Creed participated in BMX racing and off-road racing, where he used to be the champion in 2015. He also has the gold medal of X-Games.