TOLEDO, Ohio – Like a lot of guys in the business of racing, Sheldon Creed is always on his way to a race shop in the morning, but not always the one you would expect.
Instead of heading to a race shop in North Carolina, he typically finds himself on the way to a race shop in San Diego, Calif.
If San Diego seems like a long way from the ARCA scene, for Creed, it’s his day job.
“I work full-time for the guy that used to run my race team,” said Creed.
And if you’ve forgotten which race team Creed is referring to, it’s the one that involves high-flying trucks over hills of dirt. Creed is a five-time champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and a two-time champ in the Stadium Super Trucks series.
“I do a little bit of fabricating. Mostly I work on the assembly of the trucks…parts going in and out. I actually live in El Cajon (Calif.), about 25 minutes from downtown San Diego,” Creed explained.
When Creed is east of the Mississippi River, he goes to work with the guys at MDM Motorsports, the team he drives for on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour. With the Music City 200 coming April 7 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Creed will soon have to shift gears back into the stock car mode.
While Creed is fairly new to the ARCA Racing Series, he’s got two races in under his belt at Nashville, competing at the historic short track in 2016 and ’17. Creed did well in both attempts, coming home seventh in his ARCA debut in ’16, and sixth last year.
“Yeah I’ve raced at Nashville the last two years…first time I ever raced in ARCA was at Nashville in 2016.”
Creed feels like he’s got a much better handle on the track now.
“First time I was there, I really didn’t know the feel of an ARCA car, or what I needed. I still felt inexperienced going in last year. Last year, I struggled in the turns…getting the car to rotate through the corners. This year, I’m a lot more comfortable…better at relaying information to my crew chief.
“I wanna go and win that thing this year.”
The Alpine, Calif., native is off to a great start, finishing third in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Creed has already announced his plans to run the full ARCA season in the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota with MDM Motorsports. Veteran ARCA/NASCAR crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz will be calling the shots atop the pit box all year.