Sheldon Creed has been the poster child for a guy with a lot of talent but not a lot of sponsors money in NASCAR for the last couple of seasons. How often do you see a 22-year-old win a Truck championship and then not get a promotion to Xfinity? Creed won last year’s championship, is having a somewhat regressive season, but still sitting 1st in the championship currently. There is no reason this guy shouldn’t be in Xfinity, and finally somewhat like Richard Childress was smart enough to realize that.
It was announced that Creed will join RCR in 2022 full-time in Xfinity. No word on if he will take over the #2 from Myatt Snider, but it’s looking like RCR may field two cars next season. There has been a lot of speculation that Creed might jump up to Cup with GMS Racing, but it appears that Ty Dillon has worked out a deal to get that ride, which I think is better for all involved.
RCR is a middling car most days in the Cup Series, but when it comes to Xfinity, they always put a competitive car on the track. This car has won two championships in the last 10-years with Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick, two guys who are now teammates together in Cup, and both competed (one making) for the playoffs without wins this year. So, RCR isn’t a powerhouse anymore, but it is a great option for aspiring up drivers.
This season Myatt Snider has been a bit of a letdown. He scored a win at Homestead but that has been his only top-five since and currently he only has 8 top tens. A far cry from the last time a full-time driver was in this car when Reddick finished with 6 wins, 24 top fives, and 27 top tens. While it’s unclear if Creed will be relacing Snider, I think it would be fair to say that Creed at this point has more upside and could drive this car to championship levels.
In the Trucks, he drives for GMS Racing, a team that has announced this season that they will be making the jump to the Cup Series after what has been somewhat of a falloff from their performance in Trucks. This season, Creed has been the only driver on the roster to be on a winning level let alone Championship level. While even I called this a regressive year, it seems like this was more due to equipment falloff than driver talent.
RCR being able to more than likely get this guy at a discount due to his “fall off” and lack of sponsorship. This was a major win for the RCR pipeline and Creed becomes great insurance in the event Tyler Reddick leaves soon.
With Creed looking like a near-lock for the championship 4, he has the potential to win two truck series championships consecutively. With him making the jump to Xfinity with RCR, does he automatically become the championship favorite?
Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Justin Haley will all be making the jump to Cup next season, so there is a gap for Creed to fill in competition. However, JR Motorsports has bolstered their roster considerably with the addition of Sam Mayer and Josh Berry and with bringing back Noah Gragson and Justin Allgaier.
I think Creed and RCR have a chance to go head-to-head with their Chevy counterpart and have amazing battles. I would be willing to give the edge to Creed and make the prediction that he becomes the championship favorite, however, there is one young man that it is impossible to forget about. Ty Gibbs will be moving full-time in 2022, making it impossible to consider anyone else right now.
Thankfully, the playoffs provide everyone an opportunity to shine on any given Sunday, so NASCAR isn’t already engraving Ty Gibbs into the 2022 trophy. I imagine the 2022 season will be largely dominated by Ty Gibbs, Noah Gragson, Josh berry, and Sheldon Creed. These guys have a good chance at making the Championship 4. The key difference between all of them is that Creed is the only one who has already raced and won a championship 4 race at Pheonix.