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Darlington set to host Truck Playoffs

Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed started the 2021 Playoffs where he left off in 2020 —with a victory.

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Creed‘s decisive win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last weekend ensured his advancement to the Round of 8 in the postseason, as the other nine Playoff drivers scramble to secure the remaining seven positions in that round.

Creed bagged the first of his two victories this season at Darlington in May, and he‘s enthused about the series‘ return for Sunday‘s In It to Win It 200 at the 1.366-mile track (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Sunday‘s event is the ninth Truck Series race at the Lady in Black and the first playoff contest at the track since the series adopted the postseason playoff format in 2016.

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“Winning at Gateway to open the Round of 10 was a huge confidence booster for our No. 2 team,” Creed says. “I‘m excited to return to Darlington this weekend because this track fits my style perfectly.

“We had the dominant truck last year, but it got away from us, so winning there earlier this season made it seem like we redeemed ourselves. I think we might have the truck to beat once again on Sunday, and I’m looking forward to chasing after another win.”

Ben Rhodes, who won last year‘s race, is the only other previous Darlington winner in the field this week.