Sheldon M. Creed is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing. He is a member of Drivers Edge Development.
He grew up competing in off-road racing and started in the Stadium Super Trucks in 2013. A two-time series champion, having won in 2015 and 2016, he also has the most race wins in SST history. Creed transitioned to stock car racing in 2017, running in various NASCAR series and the ARCA Racing Series. A year later, he recorded his first stock car title as he won the 2018 ARCA Racing Series championship.
He is nicknamed "The Showstopper", which he received from SST announcer Sean Sermini during race broadcasts.
Racing careerCreed first started racing when he was three, riding BMX bikes and winning a state championship two years later. He later switched to motocross, where he won two Barona MX Park championships in 2005. That year, he was invited to KTM's Jr Supercross Challenge and finished second. Due to his mother's worries about potential injury, Creed eventually switched away from motocross.
At the age of eight, he began competing in Quarter Midget racing and subsequently moved to Championship Off-Road Racing's Trophy Karts; he won a championship in each year of Trophy Kart competition, and also won the 2012 Superlite championship. The 2013 season saw him competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, finishing in the top three in points. The following year, he won the Pro Lite championship.
Stadium Super TrucksIn March 2013, Creed joined the newly-formed Stadium Super Trucks. He made his debut at Qualcomm Stadium, where he recorded the fastest lap time in qualifying before finishing second in the final event to Robby Gordon. In July, he recorded his first SST win at Honda Indy Toronto, becoming the youngest driver to win an SST event at the age of 15. A second win came at the Sand Sports Super Show in September.
In 2014, Creed ran all 16 races of the SST schedule. After winning the silver medal at X Games Austin 2014 behind Apdaly Lopez, he swept the Toronto weekend. Creed won again in the final race of the year at MGM Resorts Village, but finished second in the championship behind Gordon by 75 points.
Creed began the 2015 SST season in Adelaide, winning the second race. In the third round, he finished in third while landing sideways and flipping across the finish line before rolling back on his wheels. Later in the year, he won the gold medal at X Games Austin 2015, taking advantage of the holeshot to win. Creed battled with Gordon throughout the season, capitalizing on Gordon's misfortunes at Surfers Paradise and MGM Grand Las Vegas to win the championship. He ended the season with nine wins and 13 podiums.
For 2016, he switched to No. 1 and won the season opener at Adelaide. Creed went on to dominate the season as he won all but eight of the 20 races en route to his second consecutive title. During the summer, he joined Gordon at the Mike's Peak Hill Climb Challenge in Baja California, a hillclimbing event that did not count for the SST championship. Creed finished with the second-fastest times on both days, trailing Gordon.
Creed scaled back his 2017 SST schedule as he began transitioning to stock car racing, but still competed in 14 races and won a series-high seven of them. He continued to run part-time in the series in 2018 and 2019, including participating in just three races during the former. In 2019, he drove the Continental Tire truck, sweeping at Texas Motor Speedway and taking the Saturday victory at Portland International Raceway.
As of the end of the 2019 Stadium Super Trucks season, he has 36 career wins, the most of any driver in series history.
Stock car racingAfter enjoying success in SST and off-road, Creed eased into stock cars; in 2014 and 2015, he competed in the World Series of Asphalt Pro Late Model championship at New Smyrna Speedway, finishing third in the latter year's standings. He initially disliked the transition from the frenetic off-road racing to requiring more patience in stock cars, prompting a dormancy in competitive asphalt racing from 2016 to 2018.
In March 2016, he tested an ARCA Racing Series stock car for Lira Motorsports at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. On April 6, the team announced Creed would compete full-time in the series for the 2016 season, driving the No. 38 Ford. Creed finished seventh in his debut at Nashville. In July, Creed made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on the dirt at Eldora Speedway, driving the No. 07 for SS-Green Light Racing. After finishing fifth in his heat race, he started 25th in the feature and finished 16th, two laps behind race winner Kyle Larson.
In 2017, Creed joined MDM Motorsports to contest a partial NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule in the No. 40 Camry. He made his series debut in the season opener at New Smyrna, where he started fourth and finished 19th. He also ran a nine-race schedule in the ARCA Racing Series with MDM starting in April at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, where he drove a tribute scheme to Davey Allison's 1987 Winston 500 win; he finished sixth in the event. He later joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports for the ARCA dirt races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, driving the No. 78 Chevrolet. In June, Creed drove Jefferson Pitts Racing's No. 27 Ford in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Orange Show Speedway, in which he qualified sixth after being the fastest car in practice and finishing second to Chris Eggleston. He also competed in the K&N West race at Sonoma Raceway in June, partnering with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick in the JPR effort. While Harvick won the race, Creed finished ninth. A month later, he returned to the Eldora Truck race, driving the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado for Young's Motorsports. He started 19th, but was involved in three accidents and retired from the race on lap 80 for overheating issues; he was classified in 27th.
During the 2017 season, Creed ran the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America. He joined JD Motorsports' No. 01 car for the Mid-Ohio race, in which he finished 34th after starting 32nd. He returned to JDM for the Road America race, but retired after 18 laps when his car began suffering from vibrations; he was classified in 38th.
Creed competed full-time in ARCA in 2018 with MDM, driving the No. 28. He scored his first series win at Michigan International Speedway after outlasting Riley Herbst and Quin Houff. Further victories were claimed at Gateway Motorsports Park, where he started from the pole, and Iowa Speedway, where he held off Chandler Smith. A fourth win came in the season finale at Kansas Speedway as he clinched the ARCA championship with 16 top-ten finishes in 20 races.
In September 2018, he won the K&N Pro Series West race on Las Vegas Motor Speedway's dirt track. On September 25, it was announced that Creed would drive GMS Racing's No. 28 entry for the remaining four Truck Series races of 2018. After impressing at Texas Motor Speedway, including leading two laps despite a 25th-place finish, it was announced at ISM Raceway the following week that Creed would run a full schedule for GMS in the Truck Series in 2019.
Before the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, GMS and JR Motorsports formed Drivers Edge Development, with Creed as one of its members. In the season-opening NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona, Creed won the opening stage but was collected in a multi-driver wreck on lap 99. He returned to the Xfinity Series in July, driving the No. 8 for JRM at Daytona; he qualified ninth but finished 34th after being involved in a lap 71 crash that took out multiple drivers. Later in the month, Creed's crew chief Doug Randolph was replaced by Jeff Stankiewicz, who worked with Creed during his 2018 ARCA championship season. In August, he recorded two second-place finishes at Eldora and Michigan, but missed the Truck Series playoffs as he required a win to qualify. Creed ended the 2019 season with a tenth-place points finish with four top fives and eleven top tens.
In 2020, Creed returned to the GMS No. 2 and had a solid start to the season, and picked up his first Truck Series win in the lightning-shortened race at Kentucky Speedway.
Other racingCreed made his Dakar Rally debut in 2016; at the age of 18, he was the youngest driver to compete in the event. However, in Stage 8, clutch issues prompted him to skip waypoints due to the time limit, resulting in his disqualification.
In May 2017, while racing with the Stadium Super Trucks at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth, Creed participated in the Aussie Racing Cars support event; he drove the No. 57 car usually run by fellow SST driver Bill Hynes as Hynes wished to focus on the trucks. Sharing the car with Robby Gordon, Creed finished ninth after starting last. Later in the month, he began dabbling in sports car racing when he joined the Trans-Am Series at Road Atlanta, driving Stevens-Miller Racing's Dodge Challenger in the TA2 class as part of a four-race schedule, which included racing at Detroit, Mid-Ohio, and Road America. Although he had no prior experience at Road Atlanta and was unable to test the car due to other obligations, he prepared for the race using iRacing.com, in-car video from Stevens-Miller, and a virtual track system from Ross Bentley.
At Road Atlanta, he finished tenth in his class, which he improved upon in Detroit with a fourth-place run. He recorded another top ten at Mid-Ohio before scoring his first TA2 win at Road America; in rainy conditions, he passed race leader Tony Buffomante with five laps remaining. Creed attributed his success in such weather to his experience in off-road racing as both require heavy throttle control.
Personal lifeAn El Cajon, California native, Creed's family is involved in off-road racing, with his father occasionally competing on dirt bikes and his grandfather was a late model racer at Cajon Speedway.
Outside of racing, Creed enjoys extreme sports.
Motorsports career results
Stadium Super Trucks
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
K&N Pro Series East
K&N Pro Series WestSeason still in progress
Ineligible for series points