GMS Racing Gander Trucks Las Vegas Recap

By February 22, 2020 February 24th, 2020 News

Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Trench Shoring Chevrolet Silverado

START: 2nd | FINISH: 10th | POINTS: 5th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Sheldon Creed qualified second for Friday night’s Strat 200 and settled into the top 10 for most of the first stage. After finishing 10th in Stage One, Creed pitted for four tires, fuel, an air pressure adjustment and an adjustment to the left rear jack screw to help tighten the handling of his Silverado. Creed fell back to 15th at the conclusion of Stage Two pitted again to help correct a loose condition. Early in the final stage Creed would battle for the lead for close to 20 laps before his Silverado snapped loose and he had to drop back to save his vehicle, ultimately finishing 10th.
– Creed led four times for a total of eight laps.
– Creed is currently fifth in the points standings, 24 points behind the leader.

“Being able to be up front and fighting for the lead with one of the best is cool and that’s confidence boosting for Atlanta. We still have some work to do in the shop with our trucks, that’s for sure. We’ve made gains, but now we need to find a balance again. Wins are coming, for sure. I just feel good in our Chevy right now and to be able to go and run with Kyle (Busch) like that, it’s pretty cool. We just need to get a better balance with our trucks. We made gains over the off season, but now we need to help other areas. I’m proud of my guys, Jeff (Stankiewicz, crew chief) and all my guys working really hard. It’s pretty much a new team and everybody’s clicking really good and that’s really nice as a driver. We made gains tonight throughout the race, we weren’t great still, but we’ll just try to complete all the laps every week.”

Zane Smith, No. 21 The Cosmopolitan at Las Vegas Chevrolet Silverado

START: 15th | FINISH: 6th | POINTS: 6th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Zane Smith qualified 15th his first Gander Trucks start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith battled with the handling of his Cosmopolitan Silverado for most of the race. Smith pitted under the Stage One break for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The team received a penalty for equipment over the wall too soon and Smith was forced to start at the tail end of the field on the restart. Smith was 11th on the final restart with 39 laps to go, the team’s final adjustments improved the handling of Smith’s Silverado and we was able to make a late charge to the front, finishing sixth.
– Smith was the highest finishing rookie.
– Smith is currently sixth in points, 25 points behind the leader.

“I came from the back to the front all night and I was trying to defend everything I had there, really. This is my first mile-and-a-half truck race, and track position was everything. Once you lose one position you just get freight trained so I was just going to make sure it didn’t happen. He (Ben Rhodes) should probably be a little pissed, but he would do the same thing to me. I feel like a made a lot of little mistakes tonight. I definitely need to get better at restarts. I did learn a lot coming from the back to the front all night and we’ll take a top six and move on to Atlanta.”

Brett Moffitt, No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado

START: 10th | FINISH: 16th | POINTS: 4th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Brett Moffitt qualified 10th for Friday night’s event and battled within the top 10 for most of the race. The team pitted under the Stage One break to make adjustments to help tighten his Chevrolet. Moffitt battled to earn valuable stage points in both of the first two stages. Moffitt’s team made adjustments under the final caution of the night, after restarting 11th with 39 laps to go Moffitt battled into the top 10, butt fell back on the long run and ultimately finished 15th.
– Moffitt is currently fourth in the championship points standings, 23 points behind the leader.

“Tonight just wasn’t our night. We made adjustments all night to tighten our Chevy up and it would work for a few laps, and then as the run went on we just we get more loose. We’ve got some work to do overall, but we’ll take tonight and learn from it and move on to Atlanta.”

Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 LiUNA! Chevrolet Silverado

START: 7th | FINISH: 11th | POINTS: 14th
Notes & Quotes:—
– Tyler Ankrum qualified seventh for the Strat 200 and had battled his way up to fourth by the end of the first stage. Chad Walter (crew chief) brought Ankrum down during the stage break for adjustments to help tighten up the truck. Anrkum fell back in Stage Two and was held one lap to start the final stage for pitting outside the box when the team came down to make adjustments under the caution. On the Lap 89 caution, Ankrum was the free pass recipient. In the final run, Ankrum made a hard charge through the field and ultimately finished 11th.

“Unfortunate end to our weekend. We had a pretty fast truck, we ran up front in the first stage and something just happened with tires. Not sure what happened, we went from pretty good with a decent top five truck to just out in far left field. Don’t know what really happened, but we ended up back there and ended up getting a pit road penalty. We lost a lap, but were able to battle back from the very back to an 11th-place finish. Wasn’t bad, but we had our trials and tribulations tonight. We’ll be alright, I think we’ll be fast for Atlanta, I think we had a lot of speed in our truck tonight, we just got to sharpen some things up. Looking forward to Atlanta and we’ll put tonight behind us.”

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