Sheldon Creed and the OCCR crew headed North to Reno, Nevada for what is without a doubt one of the most extreme tracks that short course off-road racing has ever seen. The Wild West Motorsports Park hosted Rounds 11&12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and pushed “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed to his limits in the quest for a 2013 Pro Lite Championship.
Heading into Rounds 11&12, Sheldon Creed sat in the third place position for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship points battle directly behind the 2012 Pro Lite Champion RJ Anderson and 2011 Points Champion Brian Deegan. Creed looked to leave his mark in Reno after a not so favorable Round 10 at Glen Helen Motorsports Park just one round ago.
After qualifying first in his group for Round 11, Creed started on the second row behind Pro Lite powerhouses Brian Deegan and Casey Currie. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Creed got tangled up with a few other trucks and was immediately set back multiple positions. Brushing off this minor setback, Sheldon regrouped and began his charge back up to the front of the pack.
Just one lap later, Creed was able to secure the second place position in an attempt to run down race leader Brian Deegan. Although Deegan looked as though he was starting to break away from the rest of the field, Creed had some luck on his side. Multiple cautions and a full course red flag allowed Creed to put a bumper on the Pro Lite veteran Brian Deegan after the restart and let him know that the #74 Traxxas Am Ortega BFGoodrich Pro Lite was coming for the number one spot.
On the restart, the Pro Lite field came down the front stretch into turn one where Deegan pushed a little too hard and opened the door for Creed. Though Deegan tried his best to reclaim the first position, Creed laid down some impressive lap times and knew what it was going to take to hold off Deegan. Creed crossed the finish line on the top spot, taking home his third Pro Lite win of the season.
Creed went on to say, “It felt great to be back up on the top of the podium today. The truck ran great and I was able to keep a good line for most of the race. I had my eye on Deegan, waiting for him slip up and when he did, I was able to take advantage of his mistake and bring home the win!”
Round 12 looked hopeful for “The Prodigy,” as he was once again the top qualifier. A complete re-start was thrown almost immediately after the green flag dropped due to some carnage at the rear of the field. From this point on, it would be a battle for Creed. The #74 Traxxas Am Ortega BFGoodrich Pro Lite of Sheldon Creed battled back and forth for the majority of the race. With one caution lap after another, Creed was bound to wind up on the bad side of luck.
With just three laps remaining, Creed suffered an electrical issue that was quickly sorted out before losing too much ground. Creed clawed his way from the eleventh place position all the way to the eighth place position when he finally saw the checkered flag.
Following both rounds 11 & 12, Sheldon Creed still sits third in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Points Championship. With only three more points races remaining, Sheldon knows he will have to finish strong to contend for the championship.
“The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed and the entire OCCR crew will make their way to Sin City for one last time this season. This time, they will battle under the lights of Las Vegas, Nevada for Rounds 13&14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.