St. Louis, Mo. – After the first five events primarily on the west coast, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks brought the 600 hp high flying machines inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., for a night of urban off-road action. Rob MacCachren, Aaron Basl, and Sheldon Creed were able to conquer the multiple challenges of the tacky Missouri clay to record wins in Round No. 6 of SST Competition.
Rob MacCachren, of Las Vegas, Nev., driving the No. 21 Traxxas truck made a late race pass to en route to capturing his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season.
The 18-Lap SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks final began from a staggered start and saw first place starter Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., jump out to the early lead ahead of SST newcomer Keegan Kincaid.
On Lap-2, the No. 25 Team Arie truck would find trouble completing just one of the corners and slipping back multiple positions. Kincaid would inherit the lead in front of Iron River, Mich., native Nick Baumgartner.
Trouble would find Justin Lofton on Lap-5 as the driver of the Lofton Cattle No. 6 would roll his truck over on the roof.
Kincaid driving the No. 47 Traxxas truck would get crossed up on the restart, allowing Baumgartner to slide by into the top position. Baumgartner’s lead did not last for long as the 15-year old Sheldon Creed would race his No. 74 past Baumgartner just one lap later.
Coming over the finish line jump on Lap-8 Creed would land awkwardly, causing him to drive off track, and collect multiple water barriers handing the lead over to MacCachren.
The red flag would fly for Adrian Cenni on Lap-10 as he would crash hard into the face of the landing coming over the finish line jump. Cenni would be alright, but his truck sustained enough damage to side line him for the rest of the event.
The restart saw Kincaid make a move to the inside of MacCachren for the lead, but would come to a halt coming to the finish line.
Eight place starter Robby Gordon would capitalize on Kincaid’s misfortune by working his way past MacCachren on Lap-12 over taking the lead.
Gordon would lead the next two circuits before bicycling his truck coming to complete Lap-14. The problems did not end there as Gordon’s motor would start to encounter problems in the remaining laps.
MacCachren went on to take the No. 21 Traxxas truck to a Round No.6 victory over of Gordon and Nick Baumgartner.
After the race, an excited MacCachren commented on winning Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No.6;
“St. Louis SST Round No. 6 was incredible the Traxxas truck was fast out of the box, we qualified first, won our heat race, and won the SST Final. It was a though battle with multiple people, and even the track. Every lap you came around the track was changing and deteriorating. Humongous breaking bumps, with large ruts going around the corners where you really had to pay attention and be spot on to not hook a rut and lose time. At the beginning I was being too patient about the lead. I was checking my mirror and didn’t even see Robby there and all of a sudden he was next to me. He ended up bicycling and I drove underneath him. From there we just tried to be smooth and consistent.”
With the victory MacCachren moved back into the points lead by 22 points.
“We got our points lead back from Robby and need to try to increase it as much as we can. After the heat my truck was making a real clunking noise and we couldn’t locate what it was. The call was made to change the transmission and the drive shaft. I need to thank the SST and Traxxas guys for working hard and getting that all changed. These SST races are such a good time, everyone is high fiving afterwards and I’m really having so much fun racing in this series. There are only more good things to happen.’
The Monster Truck Final saw new comer Aaron Basl driving the Graffiti truck defeat Summit Racing Equipment BIGFOOT of Dan Runte in a close matched Chicago style duel.
Sheldon Creed pulling double duty would go on to dominate the 6-Lap SUPER Trophy Kart final ahead of DJ Noerr and third place finisher Matt Baker.
The Inaugural season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continues Saturday night, June 22, in Chicago, Ill., at Soldier Field with a full slate of Stadium SUPER Trucks, Monster Trucks, SUPER Moto and SUPER Trophy Kart racing.
Tickets to SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks at Soldier Field start at just $20 for adults with kid’s 12 & under are $10 off with a purchased adult ticket at the stadium box office or through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Round No. 6 from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., will be shown on Sunday, June 9 at 2 P.M. ET. on NBC Sports Network. Please check your local listings for channel.
All information including where to purchase your tickets for the 2013 season can be found at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Feature (18 Laps): 1. Rob MacCachren; 2. Robby Gordon; 3. Nick Baumgartner; 4. Apdaly Lopez; 5. Lalo Laguna; 6. Justin Lofton; 7. Keegan Kincaid; 8. Sheldon Creed; 9. Justin Matney; 10. Adrian Cenni; 11. P.J. Jones; 12. Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Monster Truck Final (2 Laps): 1. Aaron Basl; 2. Dan Runte.
SUPER Trophy Kart Feature (6 Laps): 1. Sheldon Creed; 2. DJ Noerr; 3. Matt Baker; 4. Justin Lofton; 5. David Nevrotsky.
Stadium SUPER Trucks LCQ (6 Laps): 1. Sheldon Creed; 2. Robby Gordon; 3. Apdaly Lopez; 4. Lalo Laguna; 5. Justin Matney.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Rob MacCachren; 2. Nick Baumgartner; 3. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; 4. Lalo Laguna; 5. Apdaly Lopez; 6. Robby Gordon.
Stadium SUPER Trucks Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. P.J. Jones; 2. Keegan Kincaid; 3. Adrian Cenni; 4. Sheldon Creed; 5. Justin Lofton; 6. Justin Matney.
SUPER Trophy Kart Heat (6 Laps): 1. Sheldon Creed; 2. David Nevrotsky; 3. Matt Baker; 4. DJ Noerr; 5. Robby Gordon; 6. Justin Lofton; 7. Maurice Ortega.
ABOUT ROBBY GORDON OFF-ROAD
Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD is a new breed of off-road featuring live motorsports, bringing back what was once the concept of legendary racer Mickey Thompson. Robby Gordon’s new concept of Stadium SUPER Trucks involves high-powered off-road trucks racing side-by-side on challenging dirt tracks consisting of huge jumps, crossovers and tight corners. The Series is comprised of 12 heart-pounding events providing motorsports action in the greatest venues in the world. Professional drivers compete for a huge Championship purse, the biggest in off-road today. Other classes involve BIGFOOT® Monster Trucks, SUPER Trophy Karts, SUPER Moto and SUPER Buggy racing all held in stadiums that will keep you on the edge of your seat!