The winningest driver within the Stadium Super Trucks is again for an additional 12 months. On Friday, Sheldon Creed examined at sequence headquarters and introduced he’ll enter the 2021 season opener within the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on 23–25 April. As he has since 2019, he’ll drive the Continental Tire truck.
A two-time SST champion who has competed within the sequence because the inaugural season in 2013, Creed added one other truck racing title to his résumé in 2020 when he gained the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Incidentally, the CWTS championship and his first in SST each got here in his second full-time seasons in every self-discipline. Five races into his title defence, he’s third in factors with three high tens and a runner-up end on the Daytona Road Course. Creed has 5 profession Truck Series victories whereas his thirty-six SST wins are essentially the most in sequence historical past.
After his second consecutive SST title in 2016, he downscaled his schedule to give attention to inventory automobiles however has continued to race within the sequence at any time when the chance arises. Since 2017, Creed has ten victories together with a seven-win marketing campaign within the first 12 months. During the COVID-impacted 2020 season, he ran the Road America weekend and completed second and third.
In 2019, Creed started operating SST races in a brand new truck fielded by Continental Tire, which joined the sequence because the second tyre provider alongside Toyo Tires; he shared the truck with off-road drivers Ryan Beat and Christopher Polvoorde, NASCAR veteran Greg Biffle, and sports activities automobile racer Ryan Eversley. Creed supplied the truck’s maiden victories with a sweep at Texas Motor Speedway adopted by a 3rd win at Portland International Raceway. The Continental truck was cut up between Bill Hynes and Creed for the two-weekend 2020 slate.
St. Petersburg is on a bye week for the Truck Series, which might be recent off its 17 April race at Richmond Raceway. Although SST follow/qualifying for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Truck Series’ playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will probably be on the identical day (Friday, 24 September), Creed would skip the previous earlier than becoming a member of the factors races over the following two days ought to he determine to enter. This wouldn’t be a brand new state of affairs for Creed; final August, he and CWTS team-mate Zane Smith travelled from Michigan, the place they’d simply competed of their major sequence, to Road America to run with the stadium vans regardless of lacking qualifying. Such a scheduling battle is not going to happen for the SST championship weekend in Southern California on 13–14 November because the Truck season ends per week prior on 5 November.
Creed posted a video of the take a look at on Instagram that was captioned, “Making a few laps today before the first round of @stadiumsupertrucks in St. Petersburg in a couple weeks! Looking forward to running the @continental_tire truck!”
The NTT IndyCar Series-led Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returns to the SST calendar after a three-year absence. The avenue circuit welcomed the vans from 2014 to 2017, throughout which Creed gained in 2015 and 2016; he and Robby Gordon are the one SST drivers to have a number of wins at St. Petersburg. In the sequence’ final journey there, Creed completed second in each rounds.
Other confirmed names for the season kickoff embrace Gordon, Hynes, Matt Brabham, and Jett Noland. Noland has additionally made Truck Series begins in 2021 as he, Creed, and Gordon are among the many twenty-four drivers who’ve run factors races in SST and NASCAR. Creed, Gordon, and Justin Lofton are the lone names with wins in each disciplines.