It did not take long for the first run-in between NASCAR competitors Sheldon Creed and Brett Moffitt in Micro Sprint racing at Millbridge Speedway.
Four laps into Saturday’s Micro Sprint feature at the Salisbury, North Carolina facility, Creed spun while battling with Matt Francis for the fourth spot. Moffitt, with nowhere to go, slid into the side of Creed’s machine as the caution flag flew.
“My buddy Sheldon ran out of talent, spun out and collected me,” Moffitt said with a smile.
“I did cause that,” responded Creed upon hearing Moffitt’s view of the incident. “I don’t know, I’ll own that one.”
— Brett Moffitt (@Brett_Moffitt) January 25, 2021
Little mistake like that is ganna cost ya 😂
— Sheldon Creed (@sheldoncreed) January 26, 2021
Even after a disappointing debut, both Moffitt and Creed had plenty of reason to smile. They are both excited to spend Wednesday nights at Millbridge Speedway as their NASCAR schedule allows.
“It’s super fun,” said Moffitt. “It gives us something to do. That’s why we got them, something to do on a Wednesday night. Millbridge has given us that opportunity to race during the week, which is really cool for us. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to do it if it was only on weekends.”
“It’s just fun,” echoed Creed. “This stuff keeps us busy during the week and gives us something to focus on other than our jobs and keeping it fun for us. I’ve been having a lot of fun learning about this and working on our cars. We’re going to get a lot better at this, I promise you that.”
While the two drivers ultimately battled for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship last year, with Creed taking top honors by winning the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, they were also spending time at Millbridge watching the Micro Sprints.
The interest in the machines started for Creed in 2018 at the Tulsa Shootout. Their addition to the Millbridge Speedway lineup brought Creed, and eventually Moffitt, to the track on a regular basis.
“I went to Tulsa in 2018,” said Creed. “I had no idea what a Micro was. I thought they were really cool but kind of forgot about them a little bit. Then I moved out here in 2019.
“I was watching them a little bit, and they started running out here more and more. Me and Brett came out here a lot last year. We wanted to buy them, just had to save up and be responsible about it.”
Now with an itch for some weekday racing, the duo worked together and saved money to each buy a Micro Sprint and the necessary equipment to start their team.
“We saved up all year and finally got cars,” said Creed. “This is our first night out, which wasn’t great, for sure. We have some homework to do and need to test a little bit, just get used to it.”
The first night may not have gone as planned, but both drivers are eagerly awaiting the Millbridge Micro Sprint season, beginning in March.
“I’m looking forward to the season coming,” said Moffitt. “We need to keep working on it and get a little better. I’d like to run here as often as I can. Obviously, Saturdays probably won’t work out, but Wednesday nights as much as possible. I think PA Speedweeks has some races during the week, maybe some of those. Just race as much as possible, that’s the plan.”
“It’s 25, 30 minutes from the house,” said Creed. “It’s perfect. I can’t wait for the actual season to start in March. For sure, we’re going to test and drive more, figure some more stuff out and try to get some speed out of these things.”
Fans who missed Saturday’s Winter Series opener at Millbridge can click here to watch highlights from the event.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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