Sheldon Creed Optimistic About Major Career Transition At JGR After Heartbreaking Split From RCR

Published 02/08/2024, 3:37 AM EST

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The playoffs race at Martinsville in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last season was rife with drama. The most surprising thing to come out of the race was how Sheldon Creed was publicly chastised by his then-team owner Richard Childress for costing Austin Hill a place in the final 4. Now that he is a part of Joe Gibbs Racing, the 26-year-old is ready to put all of that behind him and have a good start for the team.

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After Martinsville’s events, many reputations were damaged, including Creed’s. By then it was already public knowledge that the 26-year-old would join Joe Gibbs Racing from Richard Childress Racing. He will have a lot to prove coming into the 2024 season and in a recent interview, the former RCR man said that he was enjoying the change from the tumultuous relationship he experienced with his former team.

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In a recent interview with FOX, Creed acknowledged that there were a lot of changes going on around him. It’s not just that he has joined a new team. The manufacturer is different, as is the crew chief and everyone working with him on the #18 Toyota. Getting used to so many changes is a daunting task even for the most seasoned veterans. However, the 26-year-old seems to be enjoying the team revamp.

“Sometimes change is good..[..].. It’s all new, so I think it will be fun. I will be learning new things. Different sim, different workout program. It’s all different. It’s been kind of like your first day at a new school. But I’ve been enjoying every minute of it, it’s super organized and just…I don’t know, we have fast race cars,” the driver of the #18 added.

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When asked how he would deal with the transition from RCR to JGR, Creed remained bullish. It just goes to show that despite his outwardly calm demeanor, there is a hunger inside of him, a need to prove himself to everyone around, especially after the Martinsville debacle.

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The former Richard Childress Racing driver did acknowledge that there was going to be a period where he might struggle this season as he gets used to the new race car. However, when that may happen is hard to predict. He said he may even go on to win one of the first races of the 2024 season.

“I feel like I learned a lot in the last 2 years. I never stop learning, so there could be a transition period there. Who knows, we could go win one of the first 2 races. We won’t know till we get there, but I’m sure there will be a little phase there to get used to a different car,” the 26-year-old explained.

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Sheldon Creed will be one of the drivers to look out for in the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series. Last year, the 26-year-old earned 7 top-5 finishes and 15 Top-10 finishes with Richard Childress Racing. With an average finish of 13.52 last season, this time around, he will be looking to win races and hopefully have a good run in the playoffs. How do you think Creed will perform in 2024?

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Nilavro Ghosh is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports, where he is known for his creative yet easy-to-read writing style. Before taking up his role as a sports journalist at ES, Nilavro has written for some of the top publishing houses, like The Telegraph. While most journalists stop at covering live events and taking the news to the readers, Nilavro goes the extra mile to give fans a platform for them to express their thoughts through his 'race reaction' pieces.
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