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Sheldon Creed Takes Stage 1 Win in Amazing Duel With Austin Hill at Pocono

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 28: Austin Hill, driver of the #16 Touota Tsusho Toyota, and Sheldon Creed, driver of the #2 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Pocono Organics 150 to benefit Farm Aid at Pocono Raceway on June 28, 2020 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sheldon Creed led all 15 laps of Stage 1 in Sunday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Pocono Organics 150 at Pocono Raceway. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

In a one-lap shootout for the Stage Win, Creed had to battle a speedy Austin Hill for the Stage win. Hill led about 80% of the final lap of the Stage, but in the end, Creed pulled ahead off of turn three and went on for his first Stage Win of 2020.

Hill was second, Tyler Ankrum was third, while Brandon Jones and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-five.

Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter, Zane Smith, Ross Chastain and Ben Rhodes made up positions sixth thru 10th.

The opening Stage was mired by three hard crashes, which resulted in two separate red flag periods.

Matt Crafton and Codie Rohrbaugh were done for the day after a lap one crash. On lap 7, Raphael Lessard and Austin Wayne Self joined them. With five laps left, Ty Majeski was sent hard into the wall as well.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Sheldon Creed 10 1
2 Austin Hill 9 0
3 Tyler Ankrum 8 0
4 Brandon Jones* 0 0
5 Todd Gilliland 6 0
6 Grant Enfinger 5 0
7 Johnny Sauter 4 0
8 Zane Smith 3 0
9 Ross Chastain* 0 0
10 Ben Rhodes 1 0

* indicates a driver ineligible to score championship points in the series.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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