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

World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

Toyota 200 Presented By CK Power

August 20th, 2021

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Sheldon Creed

2 |

4

Running

163

142

60

7

2

Matt Crafton

88 |

10

Running

163

0

47

0

3

Ben Rhodes

99 |

7

Running

163

0

51

0

4

Stewart Friesen

52 |

9

Running

163

0

48

0

5

Johnny Sauter

13 |

20

Running

163

0

32

0

6

Chase Purdy

23 |

28

Running

163

0

31

0

7

Hailie Deegan

1 |

19

Running

163

0

30

0

8

Carson Hocevar

42 |

6

Running

163

0

29

0

9

Austin Wayne Self

22 |

15

Running

163

0

28

0

10

Jack Wood

24 |

21

Running

163

0

27

0

11

Tyler Hill

56 |

27

Running

163

0

26

0

12

Taylor Gray

17 |

26

Running

163

0

25

0

13

Ryan Truex

40 |

18

Running

162

0

24

0

14

Tate Fogleman

12 |

24

Running

162

0

23

0

15

Josh Berry

25 |

14

Running

162

0

0

0

16

Spencer Boyd

20 |

32

Running

161

0

21

0

17

Cory Roper

04 |

37

Running

161

0

20

0

18

Kris Wright

02 |

22

Running

161

0

19

0

19

Tanner Gray

15 |

16

Running

161

0

18

0

20

Derek Kraus

19 |

17

Running

160

0

22

0

21

Armani Williams

33 |

36

Running

159

0

16

0

22

John H. Nemechek

4 |

2

Running

158

0

24

0

23

Austin Hill

16 |

1

Running

157

2

18

0

24

Roger Reuse

49 |

34

Running

157

0

13

0

25

Grant Enfinger

9 |

30

Running

154

0

12

0

26

Derek Griffith

51 |

11

Running

150

0

11

0

27

Chris Hacker

34 |

31

Running

140

0

10

0

28

Chandler Smith

18 |

12

Running

123

0

9

0

29

Todd Gilliland

38 |

3

DVP

120

0

13

0

30

Dawson Cram

41 |

38

Accident

117

0

7

0

31

Christian Eckes

98 |

8

Accident

113

0

8

0

32

Tyler Ankrum

26 |

13

Accident

112

0

8

0

33

Ty Majeski

66 |

25

Accident

112

0

15

0

34

Jake Griffin

45 |

29

Accident

112

0

3

0

35

Zane Smith

21 |

5

Rear Gear

99

19

9

0

36

Danny Bohn

30 |

23

Engine

94

0

1

0

37

Jordan Anderson

3 |

33

Engine

68

0

1

0

38

Jennifer Jo Cobb

10 |

35

Engine

28

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Sheldon Creed

    #1

    LEADER

    Sheldon Creed

    2|

  • #2 | 0.292

    Matt Crafton

    #2

    0.292

    Matt Crafton

    88|

  • #3 | 0.629

    Ben Rhodes

    #3

    0.629

    Ben Rhodes

    99|

Sheldon Creed goes big at Gateway, notches playoff-opening Truck Series win

Sheldon Creed dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff opener, the Toyota 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, sweeping both stages and leading 142 of 163 laps to take the victory Friday night in overtime.

And while the evening went relatively straightforward for the defending series champion Creed in his winning performance, the race was full of storylines elsewhere from a nearly one-hour red-flag delay when the track lost power to a multi-truck accident later that derailed championship-eligible drivers such as Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill.

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Regular-season champion John Hunter Nemechek experienced a frustrating night as well on the 1.25-mile Gateway oval, finishing 22nd, five laps down.

Ultimately the Californian Creed, 23, beat fellow Playoff driver Matt Crafton to the finish line by .292 seconds in that overtime period. It is Creed‘s second win of the season and seventh of his career.

Fellow Playoff drivers Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen finished third and fourth. Veteran Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.

Chase Purdy, Hailie Deegan, Playoff driver Carson Hocevar, Austin Wayne Self and Jack Wood completed the top 10.

The seventh-place work by rookie Hailie Deegan marked her first top-10 finish in the series and third-best finish by a woman in the series all-time. It was a career-best finish for Wood as well.

“My guys put together such a good truck,” said Creed, who drives the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet. “We‘ve been working hard all year and obviously haven‘t had the speed at times and I‘ve made mistakes at times. But we were able to build this brand-new truck and I feel like we‘ve taken everything we‘ve learned this year and applied it. They gave me a hot rod today and I couldn‘t be happier.

“I love late-race restarts. I didn‘t want it, but when it came out I was just thinking, OK, just focus and execute.”

“This is huge,” he added. “I‘ve had such a stressful month trying to figure out what I‘m doing next year, so many mixed emotions on what I‘m going to do and if I‘ll even have a ride. Biggest thing is to keep winning and get ourselves in the Championship 4 and execute.”

Six of the 10 Playoff trucks experienced some type of issue during the race from championship leader Nemechek, whose No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota experienced two big setbacks, to rookie Hocevar, whose rally at the end was a huge testament to his determination.

With 31 laps remaining the series-best five-race winner and championship leader Nemechek had to take his truck behind the pit wall briefly with a brake issue. The team replaced a brake rotor and he returned to finish the race. Only less than 15 laps earlier, his truck suffered some rear-end damage, slowing briefly on track with a power issue and getting hit from behind.

Despite the trouble, Nemechek retains his points lead — a three-point edge over Rhodes in third in the Playoff standings while Creed‘s victory equaled an automatic berth into the next round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series‘ seven-race Playoff schedule.

Crafton and Friesen are ranked fourth and fifth in the standings. Hill, who finished 23rd, is ranked sixth. Hocevar and Todd Gilliland, who finished 29th, are ranked seventh and eighth — the last Playoff transfer position.

Zane Smith is ninth in the Playoff standings, 10 points behind Gilliland. Chandler Smith is in 10th in the Playoff standings and is 18 points behind Gilliland.

RELATED: Zane Smith out early after mechanical issues

A power outage — triggered when a fire in the area damaged a nearby electrical transformer — caused a red flag with 61 laps complete. The stoppage lasted roughly an hour and racing resumed with backup power and temporary lighting towers in place.

The series races next on Sept. 5 in the In It To Win It 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Creed scored his other win this season at Darlington this spring.

Notes: There were no issues during post-race inspection in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage, making Creed’s victory official. One lug nut was found not safe and secure on the No. 19 Toyota driven by Derek Kraus, and that usually results in a fine for the crew chief when NASCAR announces penalties next week.

Contributing: Staff reports