The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)
• Friday’s TOYOTA 200 PRES. BY CK POWER, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, IL WINNER: Sheldon Creed
Sheldon Creed dominated the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff opener, the Toyota 200 presented by CK Power at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, sweeping both stages and leading 142 of 163 laps to take the victory Friday night in overtime.
And while the evening went relatively straight-forward for the defending series champion Creed in his winning-performance, the race was full of storylines elsewhere from a nearly one-hour red flag delay when the track lost power to a multi-truck accident shortly after that derailing championship-eligible drivers such as Todd Gilliland and Austin Hill.
Creed, 23, beat fellow Playoff driver Matt Crafton to the finish line by .292-seconds in overtime. It is Creed’s second win of the season and seventh of his career.
Fellow Playoff drivers Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen finished third and fourth. Veteran Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.