Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Chevy Cares Chevrolet Silverado
|START: 14th | FINISH: 11th | POINTS: 10th|
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– Sheldon Creed qualified 14th for Saturday’s event. Creed patiently worked his way through the field in the first two stages. Creed asked for changes during pit stops to help a loose Chevy Silverado and consciously saved his equipment for the final stage. Creed solidly broke into the top 10 after the red flag was lifted on Lap 124.
– Creed battled up to second in the final stage and took the lead, but that was negated after he was penalized for jumping the restart and he was forced to serve a pass through penalty. This penalty put Creed one lap down, but he received the free pass when the caution flew again on Lap 163. In the closing laps Creed battled from 18th to 9th, ultimately finishing 11th after getting spun off Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag.
– Creed was the highest finishing rookie.
“Martinsville is a like playing bumper cars. I’m proud of my guys, we were loose all day and we worked on it and worked on it and got it really good at the end. Hate that it ended how it did, but it is what it is. I will say that you have to have the emotions and passions that Martinsville brings out in everyone. Looking forward to Phoenix in a few weeks.”
Sam Mayer, No. 21 Manpower U.S. Chevrolet Silverado
|START: 21st | FINISH: 28th|
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– Mayer started 21st and used the first 50-lap stage to patiently work his way through the field. He was 15th when the stage ended and pitted for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.
– Mayer restarted the second 50-lap stage in 14th place. He continued to work his way forward and during a caution when the leaders pitted, he opted to stay out and gain track position. This strategy put him in the lead on Lap 89 and he claimed his first stage win in the NGOTS.
– As the final 100-lap stage began, Mayer held his lead through several restarts He lost the lead on Lap 122 during another restart and shortly after that he was caught up in a multi-truck accident. His No. 21 Manpower Chevrolet had too much damage to complete the race, resulting in a 28th-place finish.
– Mayer led once for 33 laps, his first laps led in NGOTS competition.
“I’m disappointed in myself trying to get in a hole that wasn’t there. It was four-wide coming off turn two and I just misjudged it, I guess. I can’t thank Manpower and Chevrolet enough for helping me get out here and try to prove myself. We had some fun today leading some laps and winning a stage, so it wasn’t all bad. I just wish we could have had a good finish. We’ll be back at Phoenix in two weeks and hopefully have a better result there.”
Brett Moffitt, No. 24 CMR Roofing Chevrolet Silverado
|START: 2nd | FINISH: 29th | POINTS: 1st|
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– Brett Moffitt qualified second for Saturday’s race. He gained the lead on Lap 3 of the 200-lap race and did not relinquish the lead for 80 laps, claiming the 10 available stage points with a Stage One victory. Moffitt was mired back in the pack after pitting at the end of Stage Two to address rear end damage, causing him to get caught up in back-to-back incidents on Lap 117 and 124. The 24 ultimately suffered mechanical failure due to contact and finished 29th.
– This is Moffitt’s first DNF since Daytona in February.
– Moffitt maintained his lead in the playoff standings. He is 10 points ahead of second place and 45 points above the cut line.
“Whoever the 44 got into, we got in that and no one behind us lifted and that pounded us into it. I’m guessing debris or something, and we ended up blowing up. Not really sure if it was debris or just engine failure. It’s just a shame, we had a really good CMR Roofing Chevrolet and I can’t thank them enough for their support, they were out here today. We had a dominating truck, I would call that. It’s a bummer, but we’ll go to Phoenix and win there, and go to Homestead and win there.”