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Sheldon Creed wins rain-shortened Truck race at Kentucky

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Sheldon Creed timed things just right — and wound up with his first career NASCAR Truck Series win in Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

The 22-year Creed took the lead with 19 laps to go in Stage 2 and then held on to earn his third stage win of the season.

With 70 laps and the first two stages completed in the scheduled 150-lap event, instead of preparing for the restart for the third and final stage, NASCAR officials brought teams to pit road due to lightning in the area of the Sparta, Kentucky track.

A red flag race stoppage was called and then roughly 30 minutes later and with heavy rain coming down, the race was called official and Creed was scored the race winner.

MORE: Results, standings after Kentucky Truck race

“This is an odd first win,” Creed said in a post-race teleconference. “I always said I’d be good rather than have luck, and everybody else has been (the opposite), but today I’ll take the luck.

“I miss the fans, normal schedules, everything about it. I have 37 Truck starts today and finally got a win. I’m definitely going to enjoy it tonight.”

Creed’s best finishes prior to capturing Saturday’s win were second-place finishes during races last season at Eldora and Michigan, as well as a third-place finish two weeks ago at Pocono.

Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter — all ThorSport Racing drivers — and Austin Hill rounded out the top-five.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Zane Smith (first career stage win)

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed (third stage win of season)

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Defending Truck Series champ Matt Crafton, who has struggled for much of the season, earned his best finish of 2020 with a third-place finish. It also helped bring Crafton from 31 points out of the 10th and final playoff spot to 22 points back after the rain-shortened race was called.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Spencer Boyd completed just one lap before his engine blew up, knocking him out of the race.

NOTABLE: Codie Rohrbaugh, carrying a special paint scheme for 8-year-old Joshua Shirk, who was in a near-fatal kayaking accident on May 17, lost control of his truck and wrecked out on Lap 13. It was the second straight race Rohrbaugh wrecked out early, having been involved in a Lap 1 wreck at Pocono two weeks ago.

WHAT’S NEXT: The series moves to Texas Motor Speedway for the Vankor 350, Saturday July 18 at 8 p.m. ET (FS1 and MRN).

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Brandon Jones wins wreck-filled Truck race at Pocono

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Brandon Jones passed Sheldon Creed in the Tunnel Turn on the final lap to win Sunday’s Gander RV & Outdoors Truck race at Pocono Raceway.

Creed took the lead on the next-to-last lap off a restart, going between Jones and Austin Hill. Jones and Creed battled side by side on the final lap through Turn 1 and entering the Tunnel Turn before Jones pulled ahead and went on to score his first series win in his 46th career start.

Hill finished second and was followed by Creed, Todd Gilliland and Ben Rhodes.

MORE: Race results, driver points report

The 60-lap race was slowed by a track record-tying nine cautions.

Christian Eckes, seeking his first series win, was among the victims in the race. He crashed while leading with 12 laps to go when a tire went down. He finished 33rd.

The race saw three cautions and two red flags in the first 13 laps. Reigning series champion Matt Crafton was collected in a crash on the first corner of the first lap. He finished last. Crafton entered the race one point out of what would be the final playoff spot.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Hill, who finished second, scored his seventh consecutive top-10 result but remains winless this season. … Sheldon Creed, who finished a season-best third, won both stages and scored his first top-10 finish in the past three races. … Todd Gilliland placed fourth for his best result of the year. … Ben Rhodes finished fifth for his best run of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Matt Crafton finished last after he was collected in Codie Rohrbaugh‘s crash on the first corner of the first lap. Rohrbaugh finished 39th. … Raphael Lessard hit the grass in Turn 3 and shot up into the wall and in Austin Wayne Self‘s path on the sixth lap. Lessard finished 37th. Self finished 38th. … Ty Majeski, running third, blocked Grant Enfinger and wrecked on the 12th lap. Majeski placed 36th.

NOTABLE: Kyle Busch Motorsports scored its 78th career Truck win. Thirteen drivers have accounted for those victories.

NEXT: The series races at 6 p.m. ET July 11 at Kentucky Speedway on FS1.

Results, point standings after Truck Series opener at Daytona

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Grant Enfinger won Friday’s Truck Series opener at Daytona in dramatic fashion, edging Jordan Anderson by .010 seconds and claiming his first win since 2018.

Anderson was followed by Codie Rohrbaugh, Derek Kraus and Natalie Decker. The four drivers all earned the best finishes of their Truck Series careers.

Enfinger’s win is the third of his career. His others were at Talladega and Las Vegas.

Enfinger was the regular-season champion last year despite not winning a race. The victory locks him into the playoffs.

Click here for the race results.

Points

After the race win and also claiming the Stage 2 win, Enfinger leads the standings by 11 points over Austin Hill.

The top five is completed by Johnny Sauter (-14 points), Anderson (-18) and Rohrbaugh (-19).

Click here for the standings.

Grant Enfinger wins Truck Series opener in overtime

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Grant Enfinger won Friday night’s NASCAR Truck Series season opener at Daytona in an overtime finish that saw him and Jordan Anderson slam doors coming to the checkered flag as Enfinger beat him by .010 seconds.

It is Enfinger’s third career win and comes after he went winless in 2019.

The top five was completed by Codie Rohrbaugh, Derek Kraus and Natalie Decker.

“The biggest thing is we had a really good Ford F-150 to do it with,” Enfinger told FS1. “I made a mistake there with about 20 (laps) to go, I got hung up in the sucker hole. I pulled up in front of (ThorSport Racing teammate) Ben (Rhodes) too late and he was going to wreck me or put me in the middle and that’s what happened …. I tried to bide my time on the bottom and then it got to four, five laps to go and it’s time to go and we were able to get up into the third groove make things happen.”

Anderson’s finish is his best in 102 Truck Series starts and his first top-five finish.

“There’s not too many opportunities that you get to go for your win,” Anderson told FS1. “I’m almost speechless … I came here in 2015 and emptied my bank account to come down here and run. To be in a position to even go for a win at Daytona, I’m just a kid that wanted to go racing from South Carolina.”

Rohrbaugh’s finish is his best in 12 career starts, Kraus earned his first top five in six career starts and Decker earned her first top five and first top-10 finish in 20 career starts.

Decker’s finish is the best by a female driver in the Truck Series. The previous record was held by Jennifer Jo Cobb (sixth) at Daytona in 2011.

“It just feels so good, we had such a good team effort and plan,” Decker told FS1. “We all stuck to it and that’s what got me that good finish.”

The overtime finish was setup by a massive wreck with three laps left in the scheduled distance. The wreck occurred in Turns 1 and 2 as the front half of the field was racing three-wide, multiple rows deep. Among the drivers collected were Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Christian Eckes, Johnny Sauter, Stewart Friesen, pole-sitter Riley Herbst, Tanner Gray, Tyler Ankrum and Jesse Little.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Riley Herbst narrowly won the stage over Tyler Ankrum in a one-lap shootout.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski was unhurt after his truck rolled onto its roof in a multi-truck wreck with five laps to go in Stage 1 that included Austin Way Self, Todd Gilliland and Tate Fogleman … A multi-truck wreck occurred with 35 laps to go that eliminated Fogleman, Bryan Dauzat, Angela Ruch and also included Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, Sheldon Creed and Christian Eckes.

NOTABLE: Enfinger’s win is the 100th for Ford in the Truck Series … During the race broadcast on FS1, series sponsor Gander RV & Outdoors aired a tribute to the late John Andretti, who helped bring the company into NASCAR as a sponsor.

WHAT’S NEXT: Strat 250 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 21 on FS1.

 

Final truck practice report from Martinsville

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FINAL PRACTICE:

Todd Gilliland was fastest in the final NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series practice Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.

Driving the No. 4 Toyota Tundra, Gilliland laid down a speed of 95.694 mph in the 50-minute session.

Harrison Burton was second-fastest at 95.247 mph, followed by defending Truck Series champ Brett Moffitt (95.170 mph), Johnny Sauter (95.141 mph) and rookie Sam Mayer (95.036 mph).

Only 30 trucks took to the track for the session.

Click here for the final practice results.

FIRST PRACTICE:

Less than a week after winning the ARCA Menards Series championship, Christian Eckes hopped into a NASCAR Gander Outdoor Series truck Friday and was fastest in the first of two practice sessions at Martinsville Speedway.

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Piloting the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Eckes covered the .526-mile bullring – the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit – at a speed of 95.391 mph. He was followed by Ross Chastain (94.661 mph), Sheldon Creed (94.477 mph), Ben Rhodes (94.449) and Todd Gilliland (94.402.

A total of 31 trucks took to the track for the session.

Click here for first practice results.

The second Truck practice will be held from 2:05 to 2:55 p.m. ET this afternoon. Qualifying (10:05 a.m. ET) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 race (1:30 p.m. ET) will be Saturday.

In a special rookie practice held before the first full-field practice, Sam Mayer was the fastest (93.604 mph) of the five rookies that took part.

Tanner Gray, who won the NHRA Pro Stock championship last year, was second-fastest (92.969 mph), followed by Codie Rohrbaugh (92.751 mph), Danny Bohn (92.466 mph) and Natalie Decker (90.833 mph).

The NASCAR Cup Series does not get on track until Saturday for two practices and qualifying. The NASCAR Xfinity Series is off this weekend.

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