AVONDALE, ARIZ. — Many on-track incidents and confrontations in NASCAR, even some of the most spirited, are followed up with a conversation afterward.
This week, when teammates dueled for a Championship 4 spot and both lost out?
“There was none,” Sheldon Creed said.
For a Championship Four spot last Saturday at Martinsville, Hill ran Creed wide on the restart. Then, Creed bumped Hill twice in a last-ditch effort to make the Championship Four before Hill bumped into him, sensing the urgency of his close points situation.
Creed made the final corner but missed the Championship Four by 0.032 seconds. Hill missed in a fiery, wrecked heap, putting both Richard Childress Racing cars out after running 1-2 on the final lap.
Childress laid the blame harshly on Creed when talking to NBC’s Dustin Long.
Creed didn’t even attend competition meetings, saying, “There was a meeting but I didn’t go to it.”
Creed is on his way out, as the organization announced last month.
After Martinsville, Austin Hill even let slip where Sheldon Creed is going.
And Creed is ready.
“I’ll have faster cars, probably an environment I’ll fit a little better in.”
At Phoenix, Creed still wants to go out on top for crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and his No. 2 team.
“My team’s had my back the last two years and really the last month. I just appreciate all the support I’ve had from them. I’m just worried about enjoying the weekend with them and going out on a high note with all my guys,” Creed said.
Creed finished third in the spring at Phoenix Raceway. See where he will finish, as the Xfinity 200 goes green just after 7 p.m. ET (Broadcast: USA, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).