Sheldon Creed out dueled Toby Price in Saturday’s thrilling second round of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, South Australia.
Pole sitter Robby Gordon of Orange, Calif.; driving the SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires truck would benefit from a poor finish on Friday to start up front in Round 2.
From the wave of the green flag Gordon wasted no time jumping out to the early lead, but it did not take Aberglasslyn, New South Whales driver Toby Price to work his way through the field from his eight starting position to track down Gordon on Lap-2.
The two competitors traded positions back and forth with close hard racing for multiple laps before Gordon attempted an aggressive slide job in Turn-14 loosing control and spinning out allowing Price to pull away.
Falling right into the battle where Gordon left off would be eleventh starting Sheldon Creed of El Cajon, Calif.; first racing the SuperCheap Auto/Hungry Jack’s truck of Gold Coast, Queensland driver Paul Morris hard for the second position and then quickly setting his sights on race leader Price.
After the competition caution Creed and Price would race side by side for multiple corners, until Creed would launch the BOOST Mobile truck into a daring move to the outside of Price to inch in front of the McDonald’s entry and successfully complete the pass entering the corner.
The Australian motorcycle hero would keep pace with the ultra quick Creed the final lap, but would never be able to make a move to regain the lead.
Creed would capture his first victory of the 2017 season, ahead of second finishing Price. Gordon would work his way back from his early spin to round out the podium.
Following Saturday’s second race of the season, Creed considered Saturday’s victory sweet redemption from a podium finish being taken away from him on Friday with a penalty late in the race.
Coming off a second place finish in Friday afternoons opening event Paul Morris would have another quality finish crossing the line in fourth while Adelaide, South Australia racer Travis Milburn driving the TRG Transport truck rounded out the top for the second straight day.
Penola, South Australia; driver Greg Gartner was sixth in his R & J Battery/ Fuchs No. 410, followed in seventh by Mesa, Arizona racer Gavin Harlien driving the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck.
Getting in a tangle late in the race for the second day, Erik Davis of Burbank, Calif.; driving the Always Evolving/ AerNow/ Replay XD truck would finish in the eighth position, while Jeff Hoffman from Phoenix, Ariz.; driving the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil truck was credited with ninth.
Fleurieu Milk driver Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. would go on to finish the eight lap event in the tenth position ahead of Fridays opening round winner Adelaide, South Australia’s Craig Dontas who would encounter a broken axle early in the event and would just log laps under slow speeds. The No. 45 would be recorded in the eleventh position at the completion of the eight laps.
After hard contact with the outside wall early in the event Gold Coast, Queensland driver Matt Brabham driving the SafeCraft Saftey Equipment No. 83 would retire before the completion of the event, and would get credited with the twelfth and final position.
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