BY KEITH WALTZ
A few weeks after celebrating his 23rd birthday, former off-road racing champion Sheldon Creed scored one of the biggest upsets of the 2020 season when he captured the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship by winning the Championship 4 race at Phoenix Raceway.
Born Sept. 30, 1997, in Alpine, California, Creed began riding BMX bikes at the age of 3 and was a state champion at age 5. Motocross and quarter midget racing followed before Creed found his niche at age 9 in trophy karts, an entry-level division of off-road racing.
Over the next decade, Creed matured into one of the nation’s premier off-road racers, claiming multiple championships with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, winning the title in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks, earning a pair of X Games medals and competing in the prestigious Paris-Dakar Rally.
In 2014, Creed began to dabble in asphalt late model racing and two years later he made six starts in the ARCA Menards Series and a single appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The following season he competed in select races across multiple NASCAR divisions.
Creed focused on the ARCA Menards Series in 2018 and won four of the 20 races en route to the series championship. Graduating to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with GMS Racing in 2019, Creed struggled to find consistency and settled for a 10th-place finish in the final standings.
Last year, Creed drove the No. 2 GMS Chevrolet Silverado to victory five times en route to the series championship. He is back with GMS Racing this season in an effort to defend his title.