GMS Racing Gander Trucks Daytona Recap

By February 15, 2020 February 24th, 2020 News

Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Trench Shoring / Chevy Accesories Chevrolet Silverado

START: 12th | FINISH: 9th | POINTS: 9th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Sheldon Creed started 12th for Friday night’s event and stayed mid-pack for most of the first stage. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz brought Creed down for fuel only under the first caution. Creed had battled up to the ninth position by the end of stage two, earning himself valuable stage points. Creed was fighting for the lead with 11 laps to go and was almost caught up in a late race incident, but locked it down and avoided any significant damage. Creed fought to get back to the front on the final restart, but would ultimately finish ninth.
– Creed led twice for two laps.

“Tonight was eventful to say the least. The trucks were moving around a bunch tonight and you would get these huge surges, and I’m actually surprised with how well everyone raced tonight with the way the trucks handled. I feel like everyone was being patient and racing well. I just tried to be patient all night, especially around the people that were being really aggressive. There were a couple of wrecks that happened right in front of us, avoided them, we did get caught up in the one, but managed to get away with minimal damage. Had a shot there on that last lap, had a huge run coming and just ran out of help. Just happy to survive the night in our Trench Shoring Chevy Silverado and we’ll move on to Vegas.”

Zane Smith, No. 21 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Chevrolet Silverado

START: 6th | FINISH: 11th | POINTS: 12th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Zane Smith was quick to start the weekend, finishing first in first practice in his first Gander Trucks start at Daytona International Speedway. The rookie carefully navigated through the first cautio pitted for fuel only at the stage one break. Smith was forced to make a pit stop under green on Lap 32 to address an issue with his window net that had fallen down under green flag conditions.
– Smith received the free pass during the second stage break and pitted for four tires, fuel and a right rear track bar adjustment. Smith suffered minor damage in an accident on Lap 67 and was forced to pit to address the damage. Smith had worked his way up to the fifth position by the final restart, but his run to the front was cut short and he was shuffled back to an 11th-place finish.

“My night was kind of a mess. My window net came down which might’ve been a blessing, I decided to sit way back after we got that fixed because I knew they were going to wreck, and they did. Before I knew it I was lining up fifth and I pushed a couple trucks out front, but I couldn’t get any help because of damage on my back bumper. I got a big run at the end and probably should’ve stayed in line, but I made my move a little early. Couldn’t really get any help to get another run going and got shuffled from second to 11th pretty quick. Thankful for everything this team has done for me getting here and I’m ready to go to Las Vegas next week.”   

Brett Moffitt, No. 23 CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet Silverado

START: 2nd | FINISH: 13th | POINTS: 8th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Brett Moffitt qualified second for Friday night’s event, his qualifying time was only .004 seconds behind the pole speed. Moffitt committed to the high line early in the race, narrowly avoiding an early accident. Crew chief Chad Norris brought Moffitt down pit road under the first caution for fuel only. Moffitt finished fourth in the first stage and gained valuable stage points.
– Moffitt pitted for four tires and fuel under the stage two break. Moffitt’s Silverado suffered significant left rear damage after being caught up in an incident on lap 67. The team pitted to correct the damage as much as possible and Moffitt restarted in 27th with 25 laps to go. Moffitt rallied to a 13th-place finish.
– This is Moffitt’s first race in four Gander Trucks starts at Daytona to be running at the finish.

“Daytona is always a bit crazy. There’s people making moves that they probably shouldn’t be making and it’s just a bit chaotic. We started out really good, really fast and then got caught up in the second stage there. I’m proud of my guys for everything they did to keep us in it tonight. We survived and I’m ready to move on to Las Vegas.”

Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 LiUNA! Chevrolet Silverado

START: 7th | FINISH: 27th | POINTS: 11th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Tyler Ankrum was calm under pressure during most of Friday night’s event at Daytona Interntational Speedway. The 18-year-old qualified seventh for the race and stayed up front for most of the race, finishing second in stage one and third in stage two. Ankrum was caught up in a late race incident on Lap 99 and was forced out of the race early due to siginifcant damage, relegating him to a 27th-place finish.
– Ankrum led once for one lap.

“I’m a little disappointed. Our LiUNA Chevy was awesome tonight. Being able to race at Daytona is a dream come true. We kept our nose clean all night and we were able to race up front but we just got caught up there at the end of the race and there was nothing I could’ve done. I can’t thank my guys enough for everything they’ve done and I’m ready to go to Vegas next week.”