The NASCAR Truck Series Championship has officially concluded with Sheldon Creed as the champion. However, the manner in which he won the race was truly spectacular.
With three laps to go, everything seemed like it could go anywhere. Brett Moffitt was leading, with Grant Enfinger tailing him, and Creed down in 9th and Zane Smith in 12th.
There was a massive gaggle of cars in the leading group, so when the race restarted, there was chaos. Earlier, there was a caution after Dawson Cram spun. Cars were going at least 6 or 7-wide into the turns.
Obviously, this shuffled the entire Top-10, and the lead changed hands during the penultimate lap. However, it changed yet again, and Creed came from almost nowhere to snatch the lead in the final lap.
Rookie driver Zane Smith tried to be clever and opted to run on the bottom of the track. However, Creed held firm and managed to build a gap, and stormed away to win the race. While Sheldon Creed took the chequered flag, Zane Smith finished in an impressive 2nd place.
Speaking after the race, he confessed that on the final restart, the only thing going through his mind was that his teammate might win. According to Creed, the truck was a little loose on a few occasions, but the caution came out and he had nothing to lose.
He said, “I pride myself on the restarts, week in and week out, and just nailed the restart right there. They were racing really hard, I was driving this thing really hard, I wanted it so bad. I got to thank Josh Wise, he helps me so much.”
Sheldon Creed also admitted that he almost spun and threw it away on the final pass. In the end, he simply said that he drove as hard as he could and knew in the back of his mind that he had a chance.
Next season, Creed is expected to stay in the Truck Series, and he will definitely go all in as far as defending the title is concerned. Meanwhile, Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Grant Enfinger will have to try again in 2021.