Sheldon “The Showstopper” Creed, announced today that he will return to MDM Motorsports to race the full 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule, with the intention of bringing home the championship.
Creed, who turned 20 in September, had won at least one championship every year since 2008, but that was not possible this year, since he didn’t race full-time in any series. Instead, to build his stock car racing experience, he competed in 24 select races in 6 different series, including ARCA, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and the Trans Am Series. In addition, he was able to return to the Stadium Super Trucks series, where he was the 2015 and 2016 champion, for non-conflicting events. In 11 SST races on 5 race weekends he took 5 wins and two 2nd places.
In 11 ARCA Series starts this season, Creed scored 5 top-five finishes and 8 top-10 finishes, as well as a General Tire Pole Award at Kentucky Speedway. In the final ARCA race of the season at Kansas Speedway, Creed dominated, starting 2nd and leading the most laps (52), before making contact with another car during a late race restart and cutting a tire, relegating him to a 19th place finish.
Another dominant performance by Creed came in the Trans Am Series at Road America in August, where he advanced from a 12th place start to take the lead and win by over 9 seconds in torrential rain. Later that same day, on a dry track, Creed’s 2nd career NASCAR Xfinity Series start would see him start from 40th place (for missing the driver’s parade), but race all the way up to 10th place by the end of the Stage 1. Unfortunately, a transmission problem would see him leave the race early with a mechanical DNF, but he had made a big impression.
Creed’s regular spotter and top driver development expert, Lorin Ranier, is happy to see Creed return to MDM for a shot at the title. “I think that Sheldon came a long way this season, especially since the drivers he was competing against grew up racing on asphalt and Sheldon still has probably run less than 50 asphalt races in his life,” said Ranier. “He often showed tremendous speed and his race craft improved as the year went on. MDM really came into their own this season as well, and I have no doubt Sheldon and MDM will be hard to beat for the ARCA title in 2018.”
Sheldon Creed on 2018:
“I’m super stoked to be coming back to MDM to race for the ARCA championship next year. They gave me great cars all year, and I feel really comfortable with them. They know that I give 100% every race and I know they do too, so it’s a great relationship,” said Creed. “I’m moving out to North Carolina in January to be near the shop and I’ll be training like crazy to be ready for next season. This year was all about learning, but next year will be all about winning and I can’t wait!”
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