MADISON, Ill. – Sheldon Creed pocketed a $100,000 bonus by winning Sunday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Carshield 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Creed earned the bonus, part of the Triple Truck Challenge, for winning two out of the three races as part of the three-race series. He won the opening round of the Triple Truck Challenge at the Daytona Int’l Speedway road course, which was worth $50,000.
The victory didn’t come without a bit of drama, as Creed made contact with the dominant truck of Todd Gilliland as they battled for the race lead with 41 laps left. Gilliland bounced off the wall and fell down the order as a result, eventually finishing two laps down.
“It feels great, but I want to apologize what happened to the 38,” Creed said the incident that knocked Gilliland out of contention. “I came from 17th and had a great truck. My nephew turned one today. Happy Birthday little buddy.
“It’s cool to get another win before the playoffs.”
The victory was Creed’s third of the season in the Truck Series and the fourth-straight for the GMS Racing team overall.
Creed’s GMS Racing teammate Sam Mayer was able to slip by Creed and Gilliland after the contact between the two and take the lead. He stayed there until a restart with 13 laps left, which saw Mayer spin the tires on his Chevrolet Silverado. That allowed Creed to take the lead and pull away.
Creed defeated his GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt by .881 seconds at the finish. It was Moffitt’s third-straight top-three finish.
Austin Hill was third followed by Mayer and Stewart Friesen.
Gilliland was not happy with the outcome after led the most laps and scored two stage wins before the incident with Creed dropped him to 22nd place.
“He knows what happened and I know what happened,” said Gilliland, who led a race-high 76 laps. “It was one of the more dominant truck races I ever ran. Man, we needed those points.”
Gilliland and Tyler Ankrum hold the final two positions in the Truck Series playoffs, with each driver having scored 413 points. They hold a 13-point lead over Derek Kraus in the battle for the final Truck Series playoff spot.
Ankrum finished 12th and Kraus 13th.
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