ST. LOUIS – Making a return indoors, the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks invaded the Edward Jones Dome for a day of practice and qualifying on Friday.
Tweleve SST drivers would take to the track for qualifying including the new drivers in Apdaly Lopez and Keegan Kincaid.
The newly added Dash for Cash would put extra pressure on the driver’s as they laid down their qualifying laps with only the top four drivers in qualifying getting invited to participate in a 4-lap 4-truck shootout for $5,000 Saturday night.
After a series of brief practice sessions, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the track for the best of 3-laps qualifying session. Justin Matney of Bristol, Va., was the first driver out of the tunnel laying down a lap of 40.070. That time would not stay at the top for long as Apdaly Lopez making his first start in a Stadium SUPER Truck would drive a great second lap of 37.870 jumping the No. 5 to the top of the charts.
Lopez’s time would remain the quickest throughout much of the qualifying session until Brawley, Calif., driver Justin Lofton would take a different approach in his racing line clocking a time of 37.537 jumping to the top. Lofton’s time was quickly out matched by the next competitor Orange, Calif., driver Robby Gordon with a time of 37.354.
Making his third start in a Stadium SUPER Truck 15-year old Sheldon Creed would go back to where he left off in San Diego knocking Gordon off the top spot with a lap of 36.811.
Only Las Vegas, Nev., native Rob MacCachren driving the Traxxas No. 21 could attempt to knock the kid off from grabbing his second consecutive SST quick time. Putting together three quick laps MacCachren would blaze a time of 36.761.
MacCachren would go on to capture his first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks fast qualifier award of the season; he was followed on the charts by second place Sheldon Creed and third finishing Robby Gordon.
MacCachren, Creed, Gordon, and Lofton will be the four trucks invited to participate in the 4-lap Dash for Cash Saturday night gunning for the $5,000 top prize.