NASCAR champion set to make Cup Series debut at Kansas

B.J. McLeod, Live Fast Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by David Jensen/Getty Images)
B.J. McLeod, Live Fast Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by David Jensen/Getty Images) /

2020 NASCAR Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed is set to make his Cup Series debut this weekend at Kansas Speedway, driving for Live Fast Motorsports.

The Hollywood Casino 400 is set to see the NASCAR Cup Series debut of a former Truck Series champion.

Sheldon Creed, who is currently in his second full season of competition in the Xfinity Series with Richard Childress Racing behind the wheel of the No. 2 Chevrolet, is set to compete in this Sunday afternoon’s 267-lap playoff race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Kansas City, Kansas oval.

The 2020 Truck Series champion is set to drive the No. 78 Chevrolet for Live Fast Motorsports in this event. This entry was confirmed back in mid-July.

Live Fast Motorsports have been competing in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2021.

Until the 2023 season, team co-owner B.J. McLeod was the only driver who had driven the organization’s No. 78 Chevrolet in any oval races, aside from the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

But the team made a change to that approach this year. Earlier in the season, Josh Bilicki and Anthony Alfredo both competed in multiple non-Bristol oval races for the team. Interestingly enough, McLeod made his first start in the Bristol dirt race back in April.

The addition of Creed for this weekend’s round of 16 playoff race, which is the 28th of 36 races on this year’s Cup Series schedule and the second of 10 races on the playoff calendar, marks an extension of this approach.

Additionally, Creed’s start is set to mark the first time a driver has made his Cup Series debut in an oval race (outside Bristol) with the McLeod and Matt Tifft-owned team.

FanDuel Sportsbook, which is giving fans $200 just for signing up and betting $5 on the race, lists Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin as the favorite to win Sunday’s race. Hamlin won at Kansas back in May.

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USA Network is set to broadcast the Hollywood Casino 400 Presented by Barstool Sportsbook live from Kansas Speedway beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET this Sunday, September 10. Start a free trial of FuboTV now if you have not already done so!