NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed is gunning for his second straight title with GMS Racing. The Californian knows he can get the job done. But with an uncertain future, he remains focused on carrying himself as a classy champion.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“I feel like last year at this time we were in a little bit better of a position. Our trucks were more consistent and more competitive. This year, we’ve shown speed and we got a win. But I feel like we were in a better spot. I think we can be a threat through the playoffs. We’re capable of winning more races this year, and that’s our goal. That’s what we plan to do.”
“I feel we’re pretty similar to last year. I want to be calmer in the truck when it’s not doing what I want. I take what it gives me. Over the last couple of years, we’ve had fast trucks and got good finishes. We’ve struggled more this year than we have in the past. I’ve tried to get better with that and take a truck that’s not doing what I want and still get a good finish out of it. When we get those good trucks, it becomes easier to win.”
“I try to relay information, what it’s doing and when it’s doing it. We need to figure out why. We’re going to places with setups where we dominated last year and we’re running 15th this year. GMS running five trucks makes it tough to get things changed, just like anywhere that runs multiple cars or trucks to get everyone on the same page. It took some time, and now we’re headed in the right direction. We’re trying to get our teammates on the same page.”
“Our group works out with Josh Wise. He has road biking, mountain biking and running. We’re in the gym on most days. It might not always be fun, but it’s fun when we do it as a group. It’s a lot of work. But if you want to be good, that’s what it takes.”