Keegan Kincaid drove his TRAXXAS-sponsored truck to a soggy victory Sunday in Toronto in the second SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS race at the Honda Indy Toronto.
The Crandon, Wisconsin, driver won his second race of the 2015 season, the first coming in March in Adelaide, Australia. Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif., made it a one-two finish for TRAXXAS as the 17-year-old snookered veteran Robby Gordon and his SPEED Energy-sponsored truck on the 10th and final lap to finish second. As Kincaid kept a comfortable lead on the field, Creed and Gordon traded second place through much of the second half of the race, with Gordon steering clear of the wet and slippery concrete patches on the inside of each corner around the 11-turn, 1.755-mile (2.84 km) street circuit around Exhibition Place.
However, in the closing moments of the final lap, it was Creed that took the high line staying on the asphalt which offered better traction in the driving rain storm, forcing Gordon to attempt to make a pass on the concrete. Gordon spun while racing side-by-side with Creed, allowing the TRAXXAS driver to take second, with Gordon recovering to finish third.
First-time SST competitor Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Australia finished fourth in a Toyo Tires truck, ahead of Charles Dorrance in the Sportsman Finest SST and Bill Hynes coming home sixth in a LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment truck. First time SST competitor and 15-year-old Toronto driver Russell Boyle finished seventh, with LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment teammates Scotty Steele and E.J. Viso crashing out of the race to finish eighth and ninth respectively. Steele captured his first career SST victory in Saturday’s first Toronto race.
Unlike most racing series, despite the rain in Toronto Sunday, the DOT-approved all-terrain Toyo Tires that the SST trucks race on each week allow the series to race rain or shine, and on Sunday the large but wet crowd that came to downtown Toronto got to see a great race featuring trucks flying through the air and sliding through corners.
The ramps launch the trucks as much as 20 feet in the air and 150 feet down course. The series features identically prepared trucks made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio-control-car counterparts, and like their Traxxas namesake are designed to take flight and stand up to rough driving. However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour and race on DOT approved Toyo Tires.
Honda Indy Toronto
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
Race No. 2 Results
Finish Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1 47 Keegan Kincaid TRAXXAS Crandon, Wisc.
2 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
3 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Orange, Calif.
4 27 Matt Brabham Toyo Tires Gold Coast, Aus.
5 3 Charles Dorrance Sportsman’s Finest Austin, Texas
6 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Nazareth, Penn.
7 93 Russell Boyle KMC Wheels / Oakley Toronto, Ontario
8 48 Scotty Steele LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Peoria, Ariz.
9 5 E.J. Viso LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Caracas, Venezuela