By: Ashley McCubbin
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has ran eight races in 2021, with a pair of those coming down to battles between Ben Rhodes and Sheldon Creed. Despite this, though, the pair do not feel there’s a rivalry brewing.
“Maybe. I don’t want there to be, right?” Ben Rhodes told NEWS FROM THE PITS. “I like to race everybody clean, but you know how some people race, and you can somewhat expect how they’ll race you. There’s quite a few drivers on the track that I have a notebook of what they do, and I know what they’re going to do before they do it.”
Earlier this season, it was Rhodes who came out on top of Creed on the Daytona International Speedway road course.
“Obviously we both had our opinions after the Daytona road course, but they’ve had fast trucks and we haven’t so they haven’t had to worry about us,” Creed said. “But I don’t know, maybe. I don’t worry about stuff about that – I don’t think we have a beef or anything; I just think we race each other extremely hard. We’re both fighting for a chance at a upper level so in my mind, that’s how it should be.”
Creed was able to get the upper hand this time away at Darlington Raceway, with the No. 2 Chevrolet driving away on the late-race restart.
“I knew starting on the bottom would be trouble; I knew I’d get pinched and you can only fight back so much and then let them drive away,” Rhodes reflected. “If I could do it again, maybe I’d take the bottom and then gave him a bumper off the corner knowing he was putting us in a bad spot.
“It’s tough, you know, but those guys seem to get angry at other people for nothing, but have no problem dishing it out – which is fine as I have no problem with tonight. It’s just good hard racing so hats off to him; he beat us fair and square tonight – he really did.”