Creed dominates in NASCAR Truck playoff opener

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MADISON, In poor health. — Defending sequence champion Sheldon Creed received the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection playoff opener Friday night time with a dominating run at Gateway.

In a race interrupted by an influence outage that knocked out the lights for about an hour early within the second stage, Creed swept the levels and led 142 of 163 laps on the 1.25-mile oval.

The 23-year-old driver from California wrapped up an automated spot within the subsequent three-race spherical of the playoffs, profitable for the second time this 12 months and seventh in two seasons.

After a warning arrange an additional time shootout, Creed saved the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet forward of three-time sequence champion Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes. Crafton handed ThorSport teammate Rhodes for second.

Stewart Friesen was fourth, with the highest 4 all within the 10-driver playoff discipline. Carson Hocevar was the one different playoff driver within the prime 10, ending eighth.

John Hunter Nemechek, the chief coming into the playoffs, had a flat tire and ended up 5 laps down in twenty second. Austin Hill was twenty third, Chandler Smith twenty eighth, Todd Gilliland twenty ninth and Zane Smith thirty fifth to spherical out the playoff drivers.

The playoff discipline might be reduce to eight after the third race and to 4 after the sixth for the finale at Phoenix Raceway.

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