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NASCAR Trucks: Creed wins rain-shortened race

NASCAR Trucks: Creed wins rain-shortened race

NASCAR Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway
Creed declared the winner of the red-flagged race

Sparta, KY, July 11/20 (GRW): Given the over-abundance of races this weekend due to the rush to catch up with the race schedules after things have started opening up during the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, this truck race might have almost been forgotten. I had nine races marked with a yellow highlighter on my weekend watching list. One might have been forgiven for skipping this one which overlapped with the first of the two Indy car races at Road America.

In the end, it came down to who was leading when the green-and-white checkered flag flew to mark the end of the second Stage at lap 70 – and that was Sheldon Creed. He had taken the lead on lap 52 of the race which was originally planned to run for 150 laps and he was still leading when the Stage ended. Even before the pits opened during this caution, they threw the red to stop the race due to lightning in the area.

After they tried to wait this out and restart, some rain started to fall and the race officials decided to call it a day. Creed previously made his mark driving in Robbie Gordon’s weird Trophy Truck series but this is his second year as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Truck Series. This win here at Kentucky was his first win in 37 starts over five years.

Ben Rhodes was scored in second place, Matt Crafton third, Johnny Sauter fourth and Austin Hill fifth.

The 2018 champion Brett Moffitt won the draw for the pole and he led the first 25 laps. Zane Smith traded the lead with him through the third and fourth cautions and Smith won the first Stage. Parker Kligerman took the lead on the restart and he led a few laps before handing off to Rhodes. But Creed came to the fore mid-way through this second Stage and he was leading when the flag waved to end it – and as it turned out – to end the race in his favour.

"It feels awesome. I’d really like to have finished that out and get the real checkered flag," said Creed. "Really wish I could have gotten to the finish line and finished that out right but I’ll take this win."

Given that drivers who are regulars in other series often enter – and win – Truck Series races, Creed, with his one win, is only the second series regular to win this year. Grant Enfinger, with wins at Daytona and Atlanta is the other one.

• Click HERE for the results of the Kentucky Truck Series race.

• The next Truck Series race will be the Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway next Saturday, July 18.

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