GMS Racing NCWTS Homestead-Miami Recap

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Sheldon Creed, No. 2 United Rentals / Team Chevy Chevrolet

START: 13th

FINISH: 5th

OWNER PTS: 14th

Notes

– In his first NCWTS start at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Creed raced to a fifth-place finish, improving his NCWTS career-best finish.

– Making four NCWTS starts with GMS Racing in 2018, Creed collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

– As announced last weekend, Creed will return to GMS Racing next year, running full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series.

Quote

“We had a really good run tonight and I’m happy to cap off the 2018 season with a top-five finish. We unloaded fast with speed this weekend, I just really had to focus on moving around the track to adapt to the tire falloff. Every race we’ve gotten better though it seems, and I think it gives me a bit of extra confidence heading into my rookie season in trucks.”

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet

START: 4th

FINISH: 8th

POINTS: 3rd

Notes:

– Struggling with handling issues during the long runs, Haley came home with a hard-fought eighth-place finish Friday night, and third of the NASCAR Playoffs drivers competing for the NCWTS championship.

– Completing his second NCWTS season, Haley collected three wins, nine top-fives, and 18 top-10 finishes, a season-best for the driver of the No. 24.

Quote:

“We had really good fire-off speed in our Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet tonight. About seven or eight laps in to a run, the tires really paid a price. We just missed it a bit on setup but it was a heck of a season for GMS Racing as a whole. It was more than I could have asked for, it was almost a dream season.

“I can’t thank everyone at Fraternal Order of Eagles enough for supporting me and giving me this opportunity, and GMS Racing for developing me and taking me in after only a few years racing in K&N. It’s not what we wanted at the end of the night but there’s nothing for us to hang our heads on. I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.”

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet

START: 6th

FINISH: 12th

POINTS: 4th

Notes:

– Despite missing out on another championship, Sauter earned six wins in 2018, a career-best season win total.

Quote:

“We just weren’t good enough tonight. We struggled the last few weeks since winning at Martinsville and I just didn’t feel good about where we were at today, even when we were first in practice. For whatever reason we couldn’t figure out the balance, and we were making big changes on those stops. But we had an amazing season. We have no reason to hang our heads.”

Tyler Dippel, No. 25 Vai Anitta Chevrolet

START: 17th

FINISH: 15th

OWNER PTS: 13th

Quote:

“I really appreciate the effort that Jerry (Baxter) and the No. 25 guys put in these last four races. This opportunity with GMS has been a lot of fun and I feel like I learned a ton.”

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