HOMESTEAD, Fla – Sheldon Creed one day will be the story. Just not tonight. Creed, a GMS Racing driver who was making just his fifth start of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season brought his No. 2 Chevrolet home fifth in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200.
That was the lone bright spot for GMS Racing on Friday. Creed, the 2018 ARCA Racing Series champion, will drive full time for the team in 2019. He’s got a bright future. But, on Friday, this night was about how disappointing the two championship contenders were for GMS.
Justin Haley struggled to an eighth place finish in his No. 24 Chevrolet. While it was his 13th top 10 finish in the final 14 races to close out the season, he never really was a factor all evening.
Haley, won at Texas two races ago, but he never led a lap the last two races. He was sixth and eighth respectively in the two stages and finished about where his truck should have.
Johnny Sauter was surprisingly even worse. He said that they just missed it tonight. Sauter, was 33.151-seconds behind race winner and season champion Brett Moffitt at the finish in 12th place. That’s shocking as Sauter has been a contender all season long.
He tied Moffitt for most race wins this season at six. From Pocono to Martinsville, Sauter had six top eight finishes in seven tries including four top two results in that time frame. He also started the season off with four top three finishes in the first five races of the season and 10 top five results in 11 tries. The championship was his to lose.
But, over the final three races, he finished 11th, seventh and now 12th. He led one lap in that span.
Sauter, said that his truck started off snapping loose at the start of the race and was bad tight to end it. This just wasn’t the way that I think most thought his and GMS’ season would end.