Sheldon Creed earns Big-Time Bragging Rights with 5th Annual Little 600 Win
(MOORESVILLE, NC) May 22, 2018 – Tuesday night’s 5th Annual Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC was once again a hit among hundreds of NASCAR fans in town for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the littlest big race of the year, the Little 600 offers fans a chance to watch their favorite NASCAR drivers race go-karts with nothing but bragging rights on the line. The drivers may have been racing smaller cars, but the bragging rights for winning were bigger than ever; rights that only ARCA Series driver, Sheldon Creed has after winning the 5th Annual Little 600. Creed battled with plenty of his future NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series competitors, using the Little 600 to make a name for himself.
“Well, first of all, I just want to thank GoPro Motorplex for putting this whole event on,” said Sheldon Creed. “I didn’t even plan to come here and win, I just wanted to have fun racing with my friends. So, winning was certainly a surprise. It was pretty cool to battle with Corey LaJoie and Ryan Truex and all the guys. I live in California, but every time I am out here, I make GoPro Motorplex one of my stops; a lot of fun to be had here.”
An annual tradition, the Little 600 featured free admission and a format that allowed fans to watch their favorite NASCAR drivers compete in three heat races that would set the grid for the final, 15-lap main event under the lights. Other entertainment during the evening included a race among NASCAR Spotters as well as a Future Stars race with karters as young as eight years old competing for their chance in the spotlight. In addition, the event was also broadcast via free live video stream on FansChoice.TV for NASCAR fans to view around the world.
During Heat One, Corey LaJoie was on a mission to defend his Little 600 title after winning last year’s event. LaJoie proved he would be a driver to beat by winning the first race on track. However, it was youngster, Zane Smith, who dominated Heat Two and held off LaJoie to score the win.
The field of NASCAR drivers were gridded based on how they finished in their heat races for the race that fans in attendance were anxiously waiting for; the 15-Lap feature event.
Following a Grid Walk for fans to meet the starting line-up of NASCAR drivers, the green flag flew. During the opening laps, Noah Gragson pushed his way to the front with Zane Smith on his bumper. Veteran, Corey LaJoie watched from the catbird seat in third, patiently waiting for the youngsters to slip-up. By Lap 9, LaJoie made his move to the lead. After a brief competition caution, the field returned to green with five laps to go. The race was far from over and the dirt was flying. On the final lap, all bets were off and the boxing gloves were on. In a wild finish, carnage unfolded in front of Sheldon Creed, allowing him to sneak by and score the win. Noah Gragson scored second and Zane Smith earned the final spot on the podium.
5th Annual Little 600 Results>>
If bragging rights are a big deal to NASCAR drivers, they are an even bigger deal to NASCAR spotters who only get the chance to get behind the wheel and race a few times a year. The close-knit group of NASCAR spotters always put on a show that is almost as big as their trash-talking game. Usually perched atop the track for the weekend, the Spotters’ Race is a way for them to be in the spotlight, and for many, get back to their racing roots. This year, it was Coleman Pressley (Spotter for AJ Allmendinger) who will take the bragging rights back to the Spotter’s Stand with tonight’s Little 600 feature win. Greg Stumpff (Spotter for John Hunter Nemechek) finished in second and TJ Majors (Spotter for Joey Logano) finished in third.
Spotters’ Race Results>>
Future Stars Race:
Although most of the drivers were just eight years old, the IAME Swift Future Stars race didn’t disappoint with 11-year-old driver, Sofia D’Arrigo, scoring the victory. The IAME Swift division competes regularly throughout the year in GoPro Motorplex’s Karting Challenge club series. The field truly proved they were talented well beyond their years. D’Arrigo impressed the crowd by scoring the win after starting shotgun on the field. Gavan Boschele earned second place and Sebastian Ng rounded out the podium in third.
Future Stars Results>>
GoPro Motorplex encourages NASCAR fans in town for the Coca-Cola 600 to visit their complex to race the same 55 mph Rental Karts (Ages 16+) that the NASCAR drivers enjoyed racing in the Little 600. For Rental Kart Pricing and more information, please visit their website gopromotorplex.com.
Be sure to check back next May for GoPro Motorplex’s 6th Annual Little 600.
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*Photo Credit: Natalee Susan Photography.