Sheldon Creed Racing Hammers Down For The Final Rounds of Lucas Oil Off Road
The 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Season has cultivated some seriously exciting class rivalries. On the Edge racing during each round positioned a number of drivers to take a well deserved championship. It all comes down to this weekend’s Lucas Oil Rounds 11 & 12 to see who will go home victorious with the 2009 title.
For Sheldon Creed, who has not only the Modified Kart Championship on the line, but is also leading the JR-1 points battle as well. So far this season, Sheldon has experienced 14 thrilling podiums, but it definitely has not been all aces and cakes. Racing is racing, and any competitor can receive a demoralizing blow to their race effort at any given moment.
Going into Rounds 9 & 10 at Surprise Arizona, Sheldon was commanding the Modified Division and his weekend’s objectives were to stay competitive while retaining the points lead. On Friday’s Practice Session, the #522 experienced a fuel issue right from the beginning. Once the problem was diagnosed and corrected, there was only enough time to run a couple of laps. Sheldon used the track time to find a line and start zeroing in on some solid lap times.
With the Arizona Sun bringing warm temperatures for Saturday, the pits were full of activity in the early morning. Looking forward and feeling optimistic, the Sheldon Creed Racing Crew prepared for Qualifying.
The current mission was to go and qualify fast enough to place in the top 5. Sheldon drove his heart out and earned the 4th spot on the starting grid for Saturday’s main event.
During Round 9’s Trophy Kart main event, the #522 Fab School looked great running in 3rd chasing down Bradley Morris and Conner Hart, all Three of whom are contenders for the championship title. It quickly became apparent that there was a serious handling issue as Sheldon was battling his Kart going through the rough bumps. Doing what he could to tame the bucking Kart, Creed stayed with the lead pack.
On the White Flag Lap, Sheldon went for a pass on Conner Hart in turn 1. Flying hot into the corner and then stepping hard on the binders, but seemingly with limited to zero brakes, Creed ran into the side of Conner nearly taking himself out. The #522 lost 2 positions in the incident and finished 5th overall.
After the race, Troy Johnson of The Fab School, knowing there was a critical issue with the suspension that needed to be addressed. Sheldon described other issues with his Kart specifically the brakes. “I just could not get the car to slow going into the corners.” The crew went to work and found the brake system were not working properly and needed to bleed the air out of the lines.
The JR-1 event was no free pass either. The #214 had a new motor installed and Sheldon wanted to take it easy aiming for a top 5 both days and just enough to hold onto the points lead. The JR-1 never ran up to par 100%, but Sheldon managed to qualify 5th fastest and finished 4th during Saturday’s Round 9 Race.
After a long day in the very warm October weather of Arizona, Sheldon was thirsty for a podium. With all the hard work on the Modified done and the Kart now race ready, it was time to hammer down. Starting 6th on the grid and still fighting the suspension, it was going to be a hard fought battle. “We are looking for a prayer.” Scott Creed exclaimed nervously.
At the drop of the Green Flag, Sheldon instantly moved into 3rd place and was able to stay just far enough in front of 4th and 5th. Avoiding carnage and many great battles behind him, the #522 stayed clean and fast the entire event to take the final podium spot.
JR-1 Sunday event dealt the same cards to the #214. With engine problems plaguing, Sheldon went for damage control. Starting 5th and finishing 5th.
Conner Hart did what he had to do and tied us for the points lead. Bradley Morris is just 10 points behind.
So we are headed to Primm for the final rounds and will make every effort to come out on top of the point’s championship in JR-1 and Modified Karts. Scot Creed Shared his outlook. ”We have put a lot of time in testing our suspension and motor issues. I think we have the program and talent to make it happen. Sheldon has been doing his job all year long achieving 14 podiums so far this season. To take the championships, he will have to continue that winning performance and drive smart with patience.
For a kid that just turned 12, its asking a lot but Sheldon knows what he has what it takes to win. “I want to be the best Trophy kart driver ever and want to put records in the history books for others to chase!”
Sheldon Creed Racing would like to thank Maurice Ortega with A.M. Ortega Construction. All your hard work makes this team a championship contender. Troy Johnson from the Fab School, for building us the best race cars. His knowledge keeps us on top. Todd Tenbrook from FOX shocks for the outstanding support and Products. And Team Associated for helping us throughout the 2009 season.