• NASCAR Cup Series
  • Xfinity Series
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Darlington Raceway

LiftKits4Less.com 200

May 7th, 2021

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Sheldon Creed

2 |

15

Running

147

7

49

5

2

Ben Rhodes

99 |

4

Running

147

34

35

0

3

Carson Hocevar

42 |

14

Running

147

1

42

0

4

Matt Crafton

88 |

9

Running

147

0

38

0

5

Grant Enfinger

98 |

17

Running

147

0

34

0

6

Johnny Sauter

13 |

6

Running

147

0

31

0

7

Timmy Hill

56 |

26

Running

147

1

35

0

8

John H. Nemechek

4 |

1

Running

147

65

48

1

9

Austin Wayne Self

22 |

12

Running

147

0

28

0

10

Jordan Anderson

3 |

31

Running

147

0

27

0

11

Ryan Truex

40 |

18

Running

147

4

26

0

12

Ryan Reed

24 |

19

Running

147

0

25

0

13

Austin Hill

16 |

2

Running

147

11

33

0

14

Tyler Ankrum

26 |

16

Running

147

0

24

0

15

Todd Gilliland

38 |

5

Running

147

17

36

1

16

Zane Smith

21 |

3

Running

147

0

29

0

17

Erik Darnell

45 |

22

Running

147

0

20

0

18

Danny Bohn

30 |

27

Running

147

0

19

0

19

Timothy Peters

25 |

21

Running

147

0

19

0

20

Hailie Deegan

1 |

10

Running

147

0

17

0

21

Bayley Currey

44 |

38

Running

146

0

16

0

22

Spencer Boyd

20 |

34

Running

144

0

15

0

23

Corey Heim

51 |

13

DVP

142

2

26

0

24

Jennifer Jo Cobb

10 |

37

Overheating

139

0

13

0

25

Stewart Friesen

52 |

7

DVP

131

2

18

0

26

Parker Kligerman

75 |

36

Accident

130

0

11

0

27

Chandler Smith

18 |

8

Parked

126

0

21

0

28

David Gilliland

17 |

35

Accident

117

0

9

0

29

Spencer Davis

11 |

28

Accident

117

0

8

0

30

Tate Fogleman

12 |

33

Accident

117

0

7

0

31

Dawson Cram

41 |

32

Accident

117

0

6

0

32

BJ McLeod

33 |

39

Accident

117

0

5

0

33

Tanner Gray

15 |

11

Accident

110

2

4

0

34

Akinori Ogata

34 |

23

Accident

110

1

3

0

35

Derek Kraus

19 |

20

Running

109

0

2

0

36

Chase Purdy

23 |

24

Accident

80

0

1

0

37

Norm Benning

6 |

40

Too Slow

61

0

1

0

38

Codie Rohrbaugh

9 |

25

Accident

26

0

1

0

39

Kris Wright

02 |

30

Accident

25

0

1

0

40

Cory Roper

04 |

29

Accident

13

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Sheldon Creed

    #1

    LEADER

    Sheldon Creed

    2|

  • #2 | 0.699

    Ben Rhodes

    #2

    0.699

    Ben Rhodes

    99|

  • #3 | 1.401

    Carson Hocevar

    #3

    1.401

    Carson Hocevar

    42|

Creed survives late Darlington dust-ups to win Camping World Truck Series race

After a 17-truck wreck effectively ended Kyle Busch Motorsports‘ stranglehold on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Sheldon Creed outdueled Ben Rhodes on the final two restarts to win Friday night‘s LiftKits4Less.com 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Driving a No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet whose paint scheme was an homage to the late Jason Leffler, Creed took the lead from runner-up Rhodes in a side-by-side battle after a restart on Lap 140.

RELATED: Official race results

After Danny Bohn‘s spin brought out the 11th caution of the race on Lap 142, Creed prevailed once again on a Lap 146 restart when Rhodes got loose, slipped and lost ground. Fittingly, the race ended under yellow for Hailie Deegan‘s final-lap spin on the frontstretch. That caution was the 12th of the race, for a total of 66 of the 147 laps.

Creed, the defending series champion, collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the first Triple Truck Challenge Presented by Womply event of the season.

“It feels great,” Creed said after a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch. “Didn‘t have the best truck there, for sure. … Firing off, I was really tight. Then I was wrecking loose there, just doing everything I could.

“I was really aggressive on restarts — that‘s what it takes. We‘ve been struggling, but we keep chipping away at it. We‘re getting better trucks the last couple weeks. All I ask for are trucks I can race with.

“Won an extra $50K tonight — whoo!”

The victory was Creed‘s first of the season, first at Darlington and the sixth of his career. Not only did it stop a record-tying streak of five-straight victories for KBM, but it also broke Toyota‘s seven-race monopoly to start the season.

Before a game-changing restart on Lap 117, however, KBM drivers seemingly had firm control of the race. Series leader and Stage 2 winner John Hunter Nemechek held the point with teammate Corey Heim — making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on one of NASCAR‘s most challenging tracks — beside him.

But wide disparities in tire strategy created an accordion effect on the restart, with trucks on newer tires pushing trucks that were having trouble putting power down. Nemechek and Heim both turned sideways due to contact from behind, and chaos reigned in their wake.

All told, 17 of the 33 trucks still running sustained damage in the wreck, including all three of the KBM entries.

That set the stage for Creed and Rhodes to battle for the victory. Rhodes had recovered from two flat tires and a penalty for pitting early to work his way back to the front.

“I saw going into the corner we were going to push low, so I tried to work our way back up to give us some line so we could be side by side coming off of (Turn) 2, but got really loose,” Rhodes said of the final restart. “Luckily, we saved it, but it was an up-and-down night. I had a lot of fun.

“We set ourselves up for the end there with our Bombardier Tundra to go for a long run — with like low pressures, and then lo and behold, red flags and caution after caution after caution. So what do you do, right? He had seven-lap newer tires, some help on the restarts, and I guess conditions were perfect for him, but I‘m not going to pout about it. I‘m driving a race car. I‘m happy.”

Sunoco rookie Carson Hocevar ran third, followed by Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter, as ThorSport Racing placed four trucks in the top six. Timmy Hill was seventh, and Nemechek recovered to finish eighth. Austin Wayne Self and Jordan Anderson completed the top 10.

Note: The race-winning No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet of Sheldon Creed passed NASCAR’s post-race inspection. There were no other issues.