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Daytona to Dirt: Sheldon Creed, NASCAR Regulars Take Millbridge Beating

NASCAR’s return to its home turf in southern Virginia saw plenty of its regulars find time to tackle the dirt close to home this week, with mixed results.

Chase Briscoe

The Cup Series regular contested the wingless micro sprint division at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina Wednesday night (Oct. 25)

Briscoe ran in the back of the top 10 for much of the A-main before getting collected in a late wreck involving Nick Drake that sent Briscoe pit side. Briscoe was scored 18th with a DNF.

Rajah Caruth

The Truck Series regular benefitted from attrition in the same wingless micro sprint feature Wednesday night, having improved eight spots in the running order before flipping inside of 10 laps to go and bringing out a red flag. Caruth was credited with 16th place in the running order and a DNF.

Sheldon Creed

The Xfinity Series regular pulled double duty at Millbridge Wednesday, running both the wingless and winged micro divisions. In the winged car, Creed suffered a DNF after a mechanical failure shortly after contact with Katie Hettinger, but that was only a preview of the trouble to come.

In what was a sneak preview of Creed being essentially gaslit by the entire Richard Childress Racing organization at Martinsville Saturday, Creed found a lot of trouble not of his doing during the wingless A-main. Running in the top five, Creed spun out trying to avoid Tim Nye, who got run over by a car looking similar to Creed to trigger the incident.

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Nye, however, mistook Creed’s car for the one that wrecked him and proceeded to verbally berate the stopped Creed, at one point reaching into Creed’s cockpit before track officials intervened. Creed would spin out again before parking his car, scoring a DNF in 14th.

Creed won a heat race at Millbridge on Monday night in his wingless micro sprint.

Stewart Friesen

The Truck Series regular contested the Short Track Super Series race at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware Friday and Saturday night. Friesen had a strong heat race run Friday, improving from ninth to second, but his chances in Saturday’s feature race went out the window early. 

Friesen failed to finish the event.

Justin Haley

The Cup Series regular enjoyed a strong showing at the Dirt Track at Charlotte over the weekend. Traveling back and forth between Charlotte and Martinsville, Haley scored a runner-up finish in Thursday’s night UMP modified preliminary feature. Haley then followed that up Saturday with a podium in the weekend finale.

Jesse Love

The ARCA Racing Series champion scored a sixth-place finish in the wingless micro A-main at Millbridge Wednesday, but not without drama. Love made heavy contact with Drake battling for a spot in the top five, though he avoided any penalty from race officials after it appeared he made contact with the lower side berm before hitting Drake.

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Love returned to Millbridge in a winged micro sprint Monday night, finishing second in his heat race.

Austin Wayne Self

The former Truck Series regular ran the crate modified division of the Short Track World Championships at Charlotte this weekend, winning a heat race Friday and finishing sixth in the Saturday A-main for the crate division.

David Stremme

The former Cup Series regular contested the UMP modified division at Charlotte over the weekend, scoring an eighth-place finish in Thursday’s prelim feature and a heat race win Friday.

That strong performance had Stremme start fourth for Saturday’s A-main, where he rebounded from an early fade to get up to second place in the closing laps. However, a late-race restart and contact with the race leader saw Stremme lose a right-front tire, dropping him to 20th in the final running order.

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