Former ARCA Menards Series champion and current NASCAR Truck Series driver Sheldon Creed has shown versatility over the course of his career. Coming from the Stadium Super Trucks, the California driver has been seen in Stock Cars, Trans-Am, Lightning Sprints, and even in an UMP Modified in Florida during Speedweeks.
He will now turn his attention to a Micro Sprint, having recently purchased one to compete at Millbridge Speedway throughout the year. Creed drove a Lightning Sprint at the Tulsa Shootout in 2018, finishing third in the 1200cc Winged Mini Sprint division. He has since wanted to get into the Micro Sprint world, but hasn’t had the opportunity to do so until now.
“I went to Tulsa two years ago and ran a Lightning Sprint, which is a 1,000. I saw those and said man, that would be cool to get one day,” Creed told Speed51. “I was still in Southern California and there’s not really a series out there for them, it’s all in Northern California.”
Once Millbridge announced they were hosting Micro Sprint races throughout 2020, he and a GMS Racing teammate knew they had to get involved.
“I moved to North Carolina last year and totally forgot about the idea. Millbridge said they were going to have a series and me and my teammate Brett (Moffit) started talking about it. We pretty much got each other excited about it. I was looking for a few months before I found a car and I bought it, I just picked one up.”
With his past Lightning Sprint experience, Creed is expecting the acclimation process to be streamlined. With Micros running both with and without the wing over the course of the season, he thinks one will come easier than the other.
“I’m sure they’re going to be a little bit different but I’m sure they’re pretty close, too. Just watching the Micro around Millbridge, it looks like it’s going to be pretty simple with the Winged, the Non-Wing’s going to be a little tougher but I feel like I’m going to get in it and be fast right away.”
Creed takes pride in the versatility he has shown throughout this career, and the Micro Sprint will give him a chance to keep his skills sharp in between NASCAR Truck Series races.
“The more you’re driving the more you stay sharp. The Micro deal for me is they run on Wednesday and Thursday nights. They run a few Saturdays. It’s something to keep me busy during the week and something to work on. I enjoy that in the garage at night.”
As he waits for parts to come in, he hopes to make his Micro Sprint debut at the next Millbridge Speedway event. Creed admits he’s not sure what he’s in for once he does hit the track, but he hopes to become a contender quickly.
“I don’t really know. I’m going to go test it before I race it. I don’t really know what to expect but I’m just going to go out and have some fun, get a feel for it, maybe play with some setup a little bit. Make sure I’m comfortable before I race it.”
While Millbridge Speedway returns to action Wednesday and Thursday night, Creed is still putting the finishing touches on his car and doesn’t have plans to compete in this week’s event. However, he is hoping to get to the track soon to have some fun at the 1/6-mile clay oval.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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