Sheldon Creed, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing team finding their groove with back-to-back top-five finishes

WELCOME, N.C. – It wouldn’t be a rookie season if there weren’t ebbs and flows.

Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team are experiencing all of those ebbs and flows 19 races into the 2022 season.

The team, lead by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, opened the season at Daytona International Speedway with a sixth-place finish in Creed’s debut as a full-time driver at RCR.

In the first six races of the season, Creed scored four top-10 finishes. As the weeks went on, the team fell victim to a lot of bad luck. After a slew of tough finishes, some coming as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, there’s been an uptick in motivation on the No. 2 team.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago, Creed tallied a respectable 12th-place finish. From there, the series went to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the team grabbed their first top-five finish of the season at the track that Whelen calls their “home track.”

Follow that up  with this past weekend at Pocono Raceway, when Creed grabbed his second consecutive Dsc05406top-five finish at the Tricky Triangle and was able to bump himself up in the Playoff picture to the first driver below the cutline in 13th.

“We really needed this finish. Our results have not been a reflection of the cars that this team brings to the racetrack every weekend and how hard my guys work at the shop. I’m so glad that we were finally able to capitalize on our speed and put together top-five finishes,” said Creed.

In total, the team has two top fives, eight top 10s and an average start of 10.6. Creed has led 54 laps and completed 91.6 percent of laps attempted.

“Sheldon has been able to figure out every car or truck that he’s ever gotten in the seat of. He’s a racer and he’s figuring out these Xfinity cars now, too. We’re seeing positive results and everyone at RCR and ECR will continue to work hard to run upfront every weekend and get Sheldon into the Playoffs,” said Danny Lawrence, Director of the NASCAR Xfinity Series program for Richard Childress Racing.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series will compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Saturday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Practice and qualifying for the race will be on Friday, July 29 beginning at 3:05 p.m. ET on the USA Network.