BY: MITCHELL BREUER
Sheldon Creed could not have asked for a more perfect way to start the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, winning, and sweeping the stages in the opening race at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The win was exactly what his No. 2 GMS Racing team needed, as they only had 11 bonus points entering the playoffs.
Creed now has the cushion of being locked into the Round of 8 with two races remaining in the Round of 10. However, after seeing many of his championship competitors have issues Friday night, the drive for more playoff security is still alive.
“I did not have a lot of points coming into this deal; I only had one stage win, so it was really nice to get some points tonight,” Creed told News From The Pits. “It will be really nice to add after this round is over.”
The next round in the truck series playoffs puts the drivers in a tough test, with more “wild card” races than not.
“Going to Vegas, then Talladega, then Martinsville; both Talladega and Martinsville are kind of crapshoots,” Creed said. “We got to do our best to keep scoring points, keep winning races, and show that we are here to contend for this thing.”
With that in mind, it did not take long for Creed to focus his attention on the series next race at Darlington Raceway in two weeks, where he looks to sweep the season at the track, after winning there earlier this year.
“I believe we had the fastest lap tonight, so that should set us up pretty good for starting position for Darlington, hopefully on the pole,” Creed said. “Try and score points there, win more stages there and even win the race, that would be sweet.”