Sheldon Creed earns third win of 2020 at Gateway

Sheldon Creed won his third race of 2020 at Gateway. He now leads the truck series in race wins this season.

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series capped off the race weekend for the organization at World Wide Technology Raceway Sunday afternoon. They were the first of a doubleheader at Gateway as the NTT IndyCar Series will take place shortly later Sunday.

Pole sitter Zane Smith led the first 46 laps of the race and looked to be on his way to a fifth stage of the season. However, Todd Gilliland would reel him in the closing laps and with nine to go in the stage, Gilliland would pass Smith to earn his first stage win of the season.

After starting 15th, Sam Mayer would finish sixth in the stage.

2020 continues to be a bad year for Johnny Sauter and his ThorSport Racing team. He would go behind the wall on lap 22 due to a drivetrain issue.

The series would debut the new pit stop procedure rules that give teams three minutes to work on the cars and either add fuel OR change tires — they can’t do both on the same stop. The procedures were inserted to help teams save money.

Gilliland would lead the first 18 laps of stage two before Chandler Smith would get loose in turn two and go for a spin. Smith was running inside the top 10 prior to the spin.

Gilliland would lead the remaining stage two laps to sweep the stages on the day.

The intensity picked up in the final stage as Christian Eckes would cut a tire fighting at the front of the field. He would slam the wall in turn two to cause enough damage and retire from the race.

A few laps later, Sheldon Creed would drive in deep to turn one to pass Gilliland for the lead, but would slide up into Gilliland and put Gilliland in the wall. The 17-year-old Mayer would assume the lead following the incident.

A caution for an incident involving Austin Wayne Self and Carson Hocevar would pack the field for a late restart.

Creed would overtake the young Mayer on the restart and cruised to the victory.

GMS Racing has now won four straight races with Creed and Zane Smith swapping race weekends over the month of August. It was a successful day for the team as Brett Moffitt (2nd), Mayer (4th), and Smith (7th) scored top-10 finishes.

Austin Hill finished fourth and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five. It was Friesen’s best finish since he finished fourth at Texas.

Raphael Lessard scored his third top-10 finish with a sixth-place run. Grant Enfinger, Ty Majeski and Tanner Gray would round out the top 10.

The truck series will return to Darlington Raceway for the first time since 2011 next Sunday.

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