SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks brought the 600hp high flying machines inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., for a night of urban off-road action Saturday night. Rob MacCachren, Aaron Basl, and Sheldon Creed were able to conquer the multiple challenges of the tacky Missouri clay to record wins in Round No. 6 of SST Competition. Rob MacCachren, of Las Vegas, Nev., driving the No. 21 Traxxas truck made a late pass to en route to capturing his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks win of the season.
The 18-lap SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks final began from a staggered start and saw first place starter Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., jump out to the early lead ahead of SST newcomer Keegan Kincaid.
On the second lap, the No. 25 Team Arie truck found trouble completing just one of the corners and slipping back multiple positions. Kincaid would inherit the lead in front ofNick Baumgartner. Trouble would find Justin Lofton on lap 5 as the driver of the Lofton Cattle No. 6 would roll his truck over on the roof.
Kincaid driving the No. 47 Traxxas truck would get crossed up on the restart, allowing Baumgartner to slide by into the top position. Baumgartner's lead did not last for long as the 15-year old Sheldon Creed would race his No. 74 past Baumgartner just one laplater.
Coming over the finish line jump on lap 8 Creed landed awkwardly, causing him to drive off track, and collect multiple water barriers, handing the lead over to MacCachren.
The red flag flew for Adrian Cenni on lap 10 as he crashed hard into the face of the landing coming over the finish line jump. Cenni would be alright, but his truck sustained enough damage to side line him for the rest of the event.
The restart saw Kincaid make a move to the inside of MacCachren for the lead, but would come to a halt coming to the finish line. Eighth-starting Robby Gordon capitalized on Kincaid's misfortune by working his way past MacCachren for the lead on lap 12.
Gordon led the next two circuits before bicycling his truck coming to complete lap 14. The problems did not end there as Gordon's engine went sour in the remaining laps.
MacCachren went on to take the No. 21 Traxxas truck to a Round No.6 victory over of Gordon and Nick Baumgartner.
“It was a though battle with multiple people, and even the track," related the winner. "Every lap the track was changing and deteriorating. Humongous breaking bumps, with large ruts going around the corners where you really had to pay attention and be spot on to not hook a rut and lose time. At the beginning I was being too patient about the lead. I was checking my mirror and didn't even see Robby there, and all of a sudden he was next to me. He ended up bicycling and I drove underneath him. From there we just tried to be smooth and consistent.
“We got our points lead back from Robby. After the heat my truck was making a real clunking noise and we couldn't locate what it was. The call was made to change the transmission and the driveshaft. I need to thank the SST and Traxxas guys for working hard and getting that all changed. These SST races are such a good time, everyone is high fiving afterward and I'm really having so much fun racing in this series. There are only more good things to happen.'
The Monster Truck Final saw newcomer Aaron Basl driving the Graffiti truck defeat Summit Racing Equipment BIGFOOT of Dan Runte in a close matched Chicago style duel.
Sheldon Creed, pulling double duty, went on to dominate the 6-lapSUPER Trophy Kart final ahead of DJ Noerr and third-place finisher Matt Baker.
The Inaugural season of SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continues Saturday night, June 22, in Chicago, Ill., at Soldier Field with a full slate of Stadium SUPER Trucks, Monster Trucks, SUPER Moto and SUPER Trophy Kart racing.