DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sheldon Creed had to withhold off his GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt twice on restarts with lower than 5 laps last in Sunday’s Sunoco 159, with the 22-twelve months extinct Creed indirectly beating the extinct sequence champion by a mere .743-seconds in time beyond regulation to make the inaugural NASCAR Gander RV & Exterior Truck Sequence poke victory at Daytona Global Speedway’s renowned road path.
It became the third thrilling poke on the three.61-mile, 14-turn infield road path this weekend – utterly matching the intensity of Friday night time’s ARCA Menards Sequence poke, Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Sequence poke and boding well for a complete bunch excitement to achieve within the NASCAR Cup Sequence poke later Sunday afternoon.
Properly, Creed and Moffitt dominated the discontinue do apart on the scoring pylon all day – combining to lead 32 of the poke’s 46 laps. There acquire been seven poke leaders and 11 lead changes, but the 22-twelve months extinct Creed topped all drivers with 22 laps out entrance en route to his 2d sequence victory. Satirically, Creed’s first profession determine at Kentucky earlier this season came when the poke became shortened attributable to weather. On Sunday, he won having to lead extra laps. Along side those final intense 12 laps.
Sunoco rookie Raphael Lessard carried out third, adopted by 2019 sequence champion Matt Crafton and recent championship points leader Austin Hill. Tyler Ankrum carried out sixth and the season’s other two-time poke winner Grant Enfinger became seventh. Parker Kligerman, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Stewart Friesen rounded out the discontinue 10.
It became rather a comeback for every Enfinger and Friesen, whose vehicles spent extended time on pit road for repairs earlier within the poke. For Lagasse, a most cancers survivor, it became a in particular spectacular afternoon – his ninth-do apart work came in his most efficient Gander Trucks launch up on the twelve months.
For winning the predominant poke within the Triple Truck Self-discipline incentive, Creed receives a $50,000 bonus verify. The sequence will compete any other time for the extra money at Dover Global Speedway next week after which Aug. 30 at World Broad Skills Raceway at Gateway. Have to easy a driver determine two of these races, he earns a $150,000 paycheck. Have to easy he determine all three, he would make a $500,000 bonus
“Nerve-wracking,” a smiling Creed mentioned of the poke after hiking out of his No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet truck.
“Brett’s [Moffitt] the truth is good on road classes and he’s helped me so powerful on the Chevy simulator. I good opinion about not making a mistake there. He tried crossing me up a pair cases there in [turns] three and 5 and I good stopped within the corners so he couldn’t get the speed.”
“I’m so thankful for my guys. They’ve been working the truth is onerous. We’ve had a rough couple weeks, final weekend operating up entrance and lost an alternator.”
“Actual thankful for all people in our corner,” Creed continued. “Thanks Brett for operating me orderly there. Actual so enraged.”
Of the extra money he won?
“Man, if I get to abet it, that will most certainly be rad,” the California native mentioned with a smile. “Actual thankful to be right here and for this chance. Actual trying to produce a reputation for myself.”
It became a huge day for a number of others within the realm – especially those easy taking a live up for a Playoff do apart with most efficient four races last to predicament the 10-driver championship area.
Moffit’s runner-up displaying most efficient solidified his do apart no topic not having a victory yet. He’s 84 points up on all drivers with out a determine. Ankrum is ninth within the championship standings 5 points before 11th do apart Derek Kraus. Todd Gilliland is 10th within the standings, most efficient two points before Kraus.
— NASCAR Wire Service —
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