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Sheldon Creed wins Gander Trucks CarShield 200 and $150K

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Sheldon Creed, after collecting $50,000 for his win on the Daytona Road Course, shown here, adds another $100K with his victory at Gateway. Credit: 367996Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images via NASCAR Media

With his victory in the Gander Trucks CarShield 200 at Gateway, Sheldon Creed will have some extra cash to spend from the Triple Truck Challenge

To say that Sheldon Creed had one heck of a Sunday afternoon would be an understatement. Not only did he win the Gander Trucks CarShield 200 for his third career victory, all coming in 2020, he was also about to collect a sizeable check for his efforts. The 22-year old Californian will get a check for $100,000 to add to the $50K he had previously won in the Triple Truck Challenge.

Creed’s victory gave GMS Racing its fourth straight in the Gander Truck Series, and with Brett Moffit as the runner-up, it was a 1-2 finish for the team.

Rounding out the top five were Austin Hill, Sam Mayer, and Stewart Friesen. Mayer, who was leading when the caution came out at Lap 142, did not have a good restart as Creed took a lead he would not relinquish. Having arguably his best season since 2018 in ARCA, where he won four times with 18 top-tens in 20 starts, Creed now had five top-fives in Trucks, surpassing his total from a year ago.

GANDER TRUCKS CARSHIELD 200 PRERACE NOTES

>> There are no previous winners at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in the field. Matt Crafton (No. 88) has the most starts at the track with sixteen. He has the most top-fives with seven, while Johnny Sauter (No. 13) leads in top-tens with nine. Todd Gilliland (No. 38) has finished second the last two years.
>> The CarShield 200 is the final race in the Triple Truck Challenge. Teammates Sheldon Creed (No. 2) and Zane Smith (No. 21) won the first two collecting a $50,000 bonus and either can triple that to $150K finishing first today. All others will net $50K.
>> Rookies in the field: Smith (pole), Christian Eckes (No. 18), Derek Kraus (No. 19), Tanner Gray (No. 15), Raphael Lessard (No. 4), and Tate Fogleman (No. 02). Thirty-three entered with 17 Silverado, 10 Tundra, and six F-150 trucks.
>> Busy weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway with ARCA, Gander Trucks, and a Saturday and Sunday doubleheader in the NTT IndyCar Series. Sunday, the track had two races, the Trucks CarShield 200 and IndyCar’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Race 2. Fans were also allowed to see the race live, although in limited numbers.

GANDER TRUCKS CARSHIELD 200 RACE BREAKDOWN
LAPS 1-55

LAP 1: Rookie Zane Smith and Brett Moffitt lead the field to green. Points leader Austin Hill started fourth. The three drivers who have two victories each, Smith, Grand Enfinger, and Sheldon Creed, started first, 10th, and 17th, respectively. No competition caution today. Uncommon stage lengths, 55, 55, and 50, where the last is shorter than the first two. Green flag at 12:12 p.m.

LAP 26: Johnny Sauter on pit row, then pushed behind the wall. Diagnosis: broken bell housing. Sauter desperately needed a victory to make it into the playoffs. He began the day 71 points out of the final transfer spot with just two races left in the regular season after today.

LAP 46: Todd Gilliland takes the lead, passing Zane Smith, who had led every lap thus far.

Lap 55: End of Stage 1 as Todd Gilliland gets his first stage win in two years and just the third of his career. There were changes to end of stage pit stops. All trucks would enter their stalls at the same time, given three minutes to complete service, and there would be no race off with no one losing track positions. According to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports, the rule change for stand-alone races is to keep teams from needing to fly in specialized pit crews. Additionally, teams can only change tires at stage breaks. Jordan Anderson gets the free pass, now 21 trucks on the lead lap. Restart Lap 62.

GANDER TRUCKS CARSHIELD 200 RACE BREAKDOWN
LAPS 56-110

LAP 77: First race-related caution for Chandler Smith, who spins after contact with Ben Rhodes and backs into the wall damaging his left rear. He was running seventh at the time. Tate Fogleman gets the free pass, leaving twenty-one trucks on the lead lap. Still, only one lead change thus far. Restart Lap 83.

LAP 110: Stage 2 concludes with Todd Gilliland picking up his second green-white checkers of the afternoon. Tate Fogleman also picks up his second Lucky Dog. Restart Lap 116 (44 to go).

GANDER TRUCKS CARSHIELD 200 RACE BREAKDOWN
LAPS 111-End

LAP 120: Two incidents, no yellow flag. Rookie Christian Eckex loses a right-front tire and scrapes wall dropping to 25. Shortly after that, Sheldon Creed sends Todd Gilliland into the wall and to the pits. Both truck were allowed to change tires. Sam Mayer takes the lead.

Lap 126: Caution does come out after Jennifer Jo Cobb blows right front and takes a hard hit into the wall destroying her No. 10 Silverado. It was her fifth DNF in a dozen starts this season. Cobb has yet to record a top-25 finish. Kyle Donahue gets a free pass. Twenty trucks on the lead lap. Restart Lap 132 (28 to go).

LAP 142: Two truck incident brings out the yellow flag. Austin Wayne Self and Carson Hocevar make contact with Self suffering the most damage to his No. 22 Silverado. Clay Greenfield gets the free pass. Restart Lap 147 (13 to go). Leader Sam Mayer did not get a good start and fell back to fourth. Teammate Sheldon Creed takes command and holds on for the win.

STAGE 1-2 TOP 10 FINISHERS – LAPS 55 / 110

1 – Gilliland, Z Smith, Moffitt, Eckes, Crafton, Mayer, Rhodes, Creed, Majeski, Ankrum
2 – Gilliland, Eckes, Z Smith, Mayer, Creed, Moffitt, Ankrum, Rhodes, Lessard, Friesen

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