Gordon Paces Stadium Truck Qualifying
SAN DIEGO – The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks made the two-hour drive down Interstate-5, bringing the 600 hp off-road road show inside Qualcomm Stadium for a night of practice and qualifying on Friday.
After a very brief practice, the Stadium SUPER Trucks took to the very unique and challenging course for a best of 3-laps qualifying session. The first group contained the top three in the SST championship point standings Robby Gordon, Justin Lofton and current point leader Rob MacCachren.
Gordon began the session laying down the quickest time of the evening with a 36.828, a time that would end up remaining on top of the leader board the rest of the night. MacCachren would find trouble on lap two lightly flipping over in the sand pit. On the restart Lofton found trouble as well spinning out and pulling off the track on the final circuit.
Sheldon Creed making his first appearance in a SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck would turn everyone’s head laying down a remarkable lap 37.433 good for second place behind leader Gordon.
However, that did not last long as Lalo Laguna would record a lap time of 37.385 over taking Creed for the second position.
The remaining competitors were unable to match the first lap recorded by Gordon as he went on to win his second straight SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks fast qualifier award and the one point bonus towards the 2013 SST Championship.