A 2015 racing season that began with impressive finishes in a pavement Late Model reached a pinnacle with X Games gold Sunday for 17-year-old Sheldon Creed.
Creed, a native of Alpine, California who finished third in Pro Late Model points during the New Smyrna Speedway (FL) World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February, scored the gold medal in Off-Road Truck Racing during the Olympics-style extreme sports cavalcade held in Austin, Texas. Creed, who won the silver medal at age 16 in 2014, won Sunday’s feature event that took place on a course made up of dirt and pavement segments at the Circuit of the Americas race course.
“This is rad,” Creed said upon receiving the gold medal on the live ESPN television broadcast. I just wanted to come here this year and back (last year’s silver medal) up and win one. This is so sick, dude. To be an X Games gold medalist, that’s so rad and something I’ve been looking to do since I was little.”
In addition to his now golden off-road career, Creed has been gaining experience in pavement Late Models since 2014. He competed in the New Smyrna World Series for Florida Late Model veteran Tim Russell’s TRI Driver Development team the past two seasons, earning four top five finishes in 13 races between the two seasons. Three of those top-five finishes came in 2015, when he finished third in the Pro Late Model division standings.
Sunday, Creed had to hold off longtime motorsports jack-of-all-trades Robby Gordon and former Indy Lights open-wheel regular Arie Luyendyk, Jr. for the gold medal. Creed led every lap
“I saw Robby coming and I was just being really patient. I was just running my lines and I knew I had to step it up the last couple laps. This is a dream come true.”
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
– Featured photo credit: Sheldon Creed Facebook