In his first ARCA Racing Series start, Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 38 Safecraft Safety Equipment Ford, finished in the seventh position during the Music City 200, giving him his first ever career top-10.
Coming from a Super Trucks background, it was easy to believe that Creed would have a difficult time transitioning over to stock cars. While he does have a bit of experience in a late model, it still begs the question why he would make the transfer over to ARCA Series Racing.
“I think ever since I was little I wanted to race in the Sprint Cup Series. I started out racing BMX and dirt bikes, then later on moved into short course off-road. I knew that I wanted to make racing a career and something that I want to do and be a part of every day. ARCA is my first step towards that goal,” Creed explained.
Creed has had tremendous success in every type of motorsport that he has strapped into, so it is no surprise that he can make his way to a top-10 in an ARCA car; however, he is digging for more.
“This weekend being my first ARCA race, I’m pretty happy with it, but I know we have a lot more in us,” Creed said. “We weren’t super great in practice or qualifying, but the car came around in the race. Seventh position wasn’t bad, but as competitive as I am, I know we can do better.”
A seventh-place finish didn’t come easy for Creed, though. Practice and qualifying were a struggle for him and his team. The car was fighting loose conditions throughout the day under the heat and the sunlight, but once the sun went down and the track started to cool, the car charged forward.
Creed says that working with Lira Motorsports has been a great experience so far. He has been able to test with the team at Motor Mile and Nashville, giving him time to work with his crew and build a relationship as a team.
“I feel like we are getting better and better every time we hit the track.”
Creed will be with Lira Motorsports for the remainder of the 2016 ARCA series with Safecraft Safety Equipment on the hood of his No. 38 machine.
“I just want to thank Carlos Lira for working with us so much getting this deal together, Safecraft Safety Equipment for backing us, and the whole Lira Motorsports team for working so hard on getting us to Nashville and having a competitive car.”
About Safecraft Safety Equipment: Safecraft is a supplier of safety equipment for motorsports, aviation, and marine industries. They specialize in high quality fire suppression systems that are used in a very wide range of racing. Their extinguishers are used more than any other brand in NASCAR, NHRA, and SCCA.
About Lira Motorsport: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. The team competes in the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Whelen All- American Late Model, and IMSA Sportscar events nationwide. Lira Motorsports’ ARCA and NASCAR Truck programs are operated from an 18,000 square foot shop in Mooresville, North Carolina and the late model team operates from a 12,000 square foot facility in Port Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway.
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