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Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum Returning to GMS in 2021

GMS Racing continues to fill out its 2021 driver lineup, which will contain two more familiar faces.

Tyler Ankrum and Sheldon Creed will continue to drive for the team in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series next season, the team announced Oct. 23.

Both made the playoffs for the team this season.

For Creed, the familiarity of GMS has its perks. After two years of racing full time for the organization, Creed has tallied 23 top 10s and three wins, all of which came this season.

“I’m excited to be coming back for another year with GMS,” Creed said in a team release. “I feel like we’ve made a ton of improvements in so many ways this year compared to my rookie year. I’m thankful to Chevy and everybody at GMS for the opportunity to come back next season to show what we’re really capable of and continue to improve and compete for wins and a championship.”

Ankrum, who scored his first career win at Kentucky Speedway in 2019 while driving for DGR-Crosley, will attempt to build upon his 2020 season, which has netted him three top fives and nine top 10s while driving GMS’ No. 26 Chevrolet.

“I’m thankful for another full-time year in the trucks with GMS next season,” Ankrum said. “This has been a learning year for our team, but I know we’ve got what it takes to go out and compete for wins. This is my first full-time season in trucks and to have the security and support from Maury (Gallagher) and Mike (Beam) to be back for another year is awesome. We still have a lot to prove and we’re in the perfect spot to do that for the rest of the season and next year as well.”

Creed and Smith will be teamed with fellow returning driver Zane Smith. Their current fourth full-time teammate, Brett Moffitt, has yet to announce his 2021 plans.

News on whether Creed and Smith will stay with their same truck numbers and crews was not disclosed.

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Never at a loss for words, Zach Gillispie is a young, talented marketing professional from North Carolina who talks and writes on the side about his first love: racing! Since joining Frontstretch in 2018, Zach has served in numerous roles where he currently pens the NASCAR 101 column, a weekly piece delving into the basic nuts and bolts of the sport. Additionally, his unabashedly bold takes meshed with that trademarked dry wit of his have made Zach a fan favorite on the weekly Friday Faceoff panel. In his free time, he can be found in the great outdoors, actively involved in his church, cheering on his beloved Atlanta Braves or ruthlessly pestering his colleagues with completely useless statistics about Delma Cowart.

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