DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sheldon Creed won the NASCAR Truck Series race on the road course at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, holding off GMS Racing teammate Brett Moffitt following a late restart.
It was Creed’s second victory of the season — both coming in the last five weeks. This one helped Creed bounce back from consecutive poor showings, a 26th-place finish in Kansas and a 30th in Michigan.
The 22-year-old Creed passed 44-year-old veteran Matt Crafton with 10 laps remaining, out-braking him as they entered the “bus stop” on the backstretch. Creed looked like he would cruise from there, but two late cautions forced him to work for the win.
Moffitt got to his rear bumper several times over the final two laps, but Creed managed to hold off his teammate at every turn.
Raphael Lessard was a career-best third, followed by Crafton and Austin Hill.
The victory gave Creed extra bonus points for the playoffs and maybe some extra cash in his pocket. He claimed the first leg of the three-part Triple Truck Challenge and earned a $50,000 bonus. The challenge continues at Dover International Speedway next weekend and then Aug. 30 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Gateway. Should any driver win two of these races, he would earn a $150,000 paycheck. Should Creed win all three, the bonus would be $500,000.
“If I get to keep it, it would be rad," he said.
NASCAR's double-header at Daytona continues with the Cup Series race on the road course at 3 p.m. EDT.