Sheldon Creed made it two for two, winning the second race in Round 1 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs at Darlington Raceway Sunday afternoon.
Creed, the series’ current champion, started on the pole for the In It To Win It 200 and led 104 of the 147 laps to claim the checkered flag for his third victory and ninth top-10 finish of the year.
“We’ve had a tough season, but we’re finding it at the right time,” Creed said. “It feels so good to go back-to-back wins … Got to put the pressure on the other guys. I had really nothing to lose coming in, and we’ve got fast trucks.”
It was a repeat of the first race in the series Playoffs on August 31 at World Wide Technology of Racing, with the same result – Creed celebrating in victory lane.
John Hunter Nemechek won Stage 1, led 39 laps and earned a second-place finish. It was his 13th top-10 result this season. He also scored enough points to lock him into the next round of the Playoffs.
“Overall, a solid performance, Nemechek said. “Our Toyota Tundra was fast. Just needed a little bit more. It definitely stings knowing we had the dominant truck here in the spring, gave that one away. Then to come back and run second, it hurts. We’ll take the momentum, not going to dwell on this. Just one race of the Playoffs and now we’re focused on the next round.”
Stewart Friesen, Todd Gilliland and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top-five finishers as Grant Enfinger placed sixth followed by Chandler Smith, Johnny Sauter, Zane Smith and Matt Crafton, in sixth – 10th.
“Great day for the Halmar team – thanks to Chris Larson for everything. He’s always been there for me in my career. It was cool –- our best run for HFR, proud of that. Another good day for us,” said Friesen.
The series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on September 16th for the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at 9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race Number 17
Race Results for the 2nd Annual In It To Win It 200 – Sunday, September 5, 2021
Darlington Raceway – Darlington, SC – 1.366 – Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 147 Laps – 200.802 Miles
|1||1||2||Sheldon Creed (P)||147||4||1||0||57||Running|
|2||6||4||John Hunter Nemechek (P)||147||1||3||0||53||Running|
|3||4||52||Stewart Friesen (P)||147||5||8||0||43||Running|
|4||8||38||Todd Gilliland (P)||147||6||7||0||42||Running|
|7||9||18||Chandler Smith # (P)||147||8||2||0||42||Running|
|9||10||21||Zane Smith (P)||147||3||6||0||41||Running|
|10||2||88||Matt Crafton (P)||147||2||4||0||43||Running|
|11||5||42||Carson Hocevar # (P)||147||7||5||0||36||Running|
|12||7||16||Austin Hill (P)||147||0||0||0||25||Running|
|14||16||22||Austin Wayne Self||147||0||0||0||23||Running|
|15||17||23||Chase Purdy #||147||0||0||0||22||Running|
|28||23||2||Kris Wright #||144||0||0||0||9||Running|
|29||14||1||Hailie Deegan #||144||0||0||0||8||Running|
|34||3||99||Ben Rhodes (P)||140||10||0||0||4||Running|
|35||37||6||Norm Benning||86||0||0||0||2||Too Slow|
|36||35||10||Jennifer Jo Cobb||75||0||0||0||1||Too Slow|
|38||24||12||Tate Fogleman||22||0||0||0||1||Rear Gear|