Apr 13, 2014, 8:38 PM EDT
When Sheldon Creed and E.J. Viso took each other out on the next-to-last lap of Sunday’s SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race in Long Beach, Calif., Robby Gordon couldn’t have been in a better place.
Running third at the time, Gordon, who founded the series last year, had a front-row seat to the hard racing between Viso and Creed. And when they both wrecked, Gordon sailed by to claim the victory.
“I saw what was going on in front of me and it was cool to see two great young drivers going hard and putting on a great show for the fans,” Gordon said. “That’s what’s great about these trucks: we can beat and bang and keep going which is what the fans want to see.”
A Venezuelan native and IndyCar series veteran, Viso led the most laps and finished second in his first-ever Stadium Super Trucks race.
“It was great to have E.J. a part of the series and we know Sheldon is going to be a great driver and one to keep an eye on for many years,” Gordon said.
Creed, just 16, was challenging Viso for the lead when their two trucks got together. Creed finished third, followed by PJ Jones in fourth and Gavin Harlien, just 14 years old, finished fifth.
Creed appeared headed for a fourth-place finish, but shoved Jones out of the way on the race’s final turn, a 180-degree hairpin, and moved into third.
“Had to do it,” Creed said. “Last lap and I saw an opening and had to take it. That’s what makes these trucks so awesome.”
Jones held no ill will against his opponent as they jousted around the 1.96-mile, 11-turn course.
“Well, I guess he had to take the chance,” Jones said. “We’ll do this again and I’m sure I’ll have an opportunity to make a pass like that on him somewhere down the road.”
Apdaly Lopez of Mexico finished sixth, rookie Bradley Morris was seventh, Scotty Steele finished eighth, rookie Nick Vanis was ninth and Jerett Brooks Brooks finished 10th.
The race will air on NBCSN on May 2 at 10:30 p.m. PST. The first two rounds of the Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series will be seen this Thursday, April 17, at 10 p.m. PST on NBCSN.
The next race will be May 23 in Indianapolis.
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