The second race of the SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks’ Clipsal 500 weekend took place on Saturday as Sheldon Creed sought redemption for a frustrating Friday showing. It marked the 75th race in series history and just the eighth at the track for the SST.
Creed, driving with newly-gained sponsorship from Boost Mobile, finished 7th in Friday’s race after being penalized for going off-course, a ruling he deemed unfair. He started 10th for the second race, while his SPEED Energy teammate Robby Gordon started on the pole after suffering from mechanical issues in the first race. Alongside Gordon was Bill Hynes, marking yet another top-two start for the Pennsylvania native. Gordon held on to his lead at the start and led the first lap; during the opening lap, Friday winner Craig Dontas spun as he entered the hairpin at the end of the track. Gordon surrendered the lead to Toby Price on lap two. The two dueled for 1st throughout the lap, ending when Gordon spun in the hairpin as he tried to pass Price on the inside line coming to lap three, dropping him to 4th. Price continued to lead through laps four and five as the competition caution came out during the latter when the trucks reached turn eight.
On lap seven, Matt Brabham placed his truck on two wheels before slamming into the tire barrier and eliminating him from the race. A lap later, Creed began his charge on Price, passing the Dakar Rally veteran. While the two continued their battle, the hairpin claimed two more victims in Gavin Harlien and Travis Milburn when they spun. The fight for 1st escalated as Creed and Price repeatedly made contact with the wall and each other, getting the other sideways in multiple drag races. Ultimately, Creed successfully held off Price to claim his fourth victory at the street circuit.
Price was forced to settle for 2nd, and was sandwiched by SPEED Energy drivers as Gordon was able to recover from his lap three spin to finish 3rd. While the podium finishers were separated by less than 3.4 seconds, Creed held a gap over the rest of the field by over ten seconds. Paul Morris finished 4th, followed by Milburn, Greg Gartner, Harlien, Erik Davis, Jeff Hoffman and Hynes. After winning the first race, Dontas fell out of the top-10, while Brabham retired from the event after his accident on lap seven.
The final race of the weekend will take place on Sunday at 2:15 PM ACDT.
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