Gold Coast, Queensland (October 23, 2015) – Burt Jenner capitalized on a mid air collision by the leaders on Lap 5 to cruise to his third SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS victory of 2015 in race one of the Gold Coast 600.
Indy Lights competitor Matthew Brabham from Gold Coast, Queenland, Aus. in just his second SST start would finish second, while SST newcomer Paul Morris of Norwell, Queensland, Aus. completed the podium.
TRAXXAS racer and current SST Points leader Sheldon Creed, of Alpine, California was aggressive from the start of the 10-lap final and moved past truck after truck from his last-place starting position in the first three laps. Creed and Peoria, Ariz. driver Scotty Steele would capitalize on a mistake by early leader and first SST competitor Brett Thomas of Gold Coast, Queensland on lap three to move past.
As Creed and Steele would battle it out for the lead side by side on Lap 4. Burt Jenner of Los Angeles, Calif. was sitting in the position he wanted to be.
“In these SST races, there is so much chaos that develops early. I’ve learned you need to run your own race sticking to your own game plan and watch the heads pop around you and wait for your opportunity to capitalize,” stated Jenner.
Jenner did just that sitting in the fourth position. On Lap 5 Creed and Steele would collide with each other mid-air at the start finish line disrupting both trucks momentum, and badly damaging Creed’s truck. As Creed’s machine dropped off the pace with a broken axel Jenner was able to overtake both trucks for the lead.
With most drivers struggling to hit their marks on the fast and technical temporary beach side street circuit that makes up the 15-turn 1.85-mile (2.98 km) course built for the V8 SuperCars, Jenner raced the second half of the race flawlessly and pulled away from the hornet’s nest of trucks battling for position behind him.
The next lap would see Steele run wide and collect himself into the wall allowing Def Leppard/LIVE teammate Brabahm to move past and secure the second position.
Quick Qualifier Paul Morris of Norwell, Queensland used his local knowledge of the Surfers Paradise street circuit and raced with a conservative style from his ninth starting position to overcome an early spin and tangle with Greg Gartner of Penola, South Australia to finish on the box behind Jenner and Brabham.
Robby Gordon of Orange, Calif. would race his SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires truck to a fourth place finish, followed by local competitor and stunt man Matt Mingay of Gold Coast, Queensland who claimed the fifth position.
Crandon, Wisc. driver Keegan Kincaid would finish in sixth position in his TRAXXAS truck, just ahead of Toyo Tires driver Greg Gartner.
Early race leader Thomas driving the TFH Hire truck would complete his first SST race in the eighth position ahead of Creed who limped his truck to the finish. While Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn. took the tenth spot in his Def Leppard/LIVE/Think Loud Recordings truck ahead of teammate Steele who experienced suspension damage on lap six and dropped out of competition.
The SST trucks will race a second round Saturday afternoon in front of anticipated massive crowd at 12:40 p.m. local time.
SST features identically prepared trucks, which are made to resemble their scaled-down TRAXXAS radio-control-car counterparts. Like their TRAXXAS namesake the trucks are designed to take flight. However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour.
SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS Fact Sheet
– 2015 is the third season of SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks by TRAXXAS.
– The first SST race was held at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 6, 2013 and was won by off-road racing veteran Rob MacCachren.
– The first event of the 2015 SST season featured three races in Adelaide, Australia with E.J. Viso, Sheldon Creed and Keegan Kincaid taking victories.
– Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2015 season took place at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in Florida and were won by Sheldon Creed and Burt Jenner.
– Round 6 of 2015 was raced at the Long Beach Grand Prix and won by E.J. Viso
– Round 7 at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was won by Robby Gordon. Round 8 was won by E.J. Viso, while Burt Jenner won the final round and was crowned the overall weekend champion.
– The SST by Traxxas series will race with the Verizon IndyCar series four times in 2015 – the St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Belle Isle Detroit and Toronto Grand Prixs.
– The SST by Traxxas series also races at venues including sites along the Las Vegas Strip, in stadiums and at purpose-built courses held in conjunction with large festival-style activities.
– The Stadium Super Trucks raced in Barbados in December 2014 as part of the International Race of Champions.
– The Stadium Super Trucks made their X Games debut with overwhelming popularity in 2014 and were featured live on ESPN and ABC.
– Sheldon Creed won Gold at X Games Austin in Round 10 on June 7, 2015
– Scotty Steele captured his first SST victory in Round 11 at the Indy Toronto
-Keegan Kincaid earned his third victory of the season in Round 12 in Toronto
– PJ Jones claimed his third SST Victory in three years with Round 13 at Costa Mesa, Calif.
– Sheldon Creed captured his fifth and sixth victory of 2015 in Round 15 and 16 at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, Calif.
– Burt Jenner claims his third victory of the year with the Race 1 victory at the Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
– The SSTs are identically prepared 600 horsepower purpose-built race vehicles, modeled after their Traxxas radio control namesake.
– Every SST truck competes on unmodified DOT-approved Toyo Tires. A fan can purchase the same Toyo A/T Open Country 35×12.5xR17 tires for their truck or SUV.
– Various SST by Traxxas videos, which have generated more than 10 million views since Dec. 1, 2014, can be seen at www.facebook.com/
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas
Race 1 Finish Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
1.Burt Jenner No. 50; Los Angeles, Calif. Gladiator Tires
2.Matt Brabham No. 83; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; Def Leppard/LIVE/Think Loud Recordings/United Fiber & Data
3.Paul Morris No. 67; Norwell, Queensland, Aus.; SuperCheapAuto.com
4.Robby Gordon No. 7; Orange, California SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires/TRAXXAS
5.Matt Mingay No. 2; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus. Hot Wheels/Castrol Edge
6.Keegan Kincaid No. 47; Crandon, Wisc. TRAXXAS
7.Greg Gartner No. 14; Penola, South Australia, Aus.; Toyo Tires/Clipsal 500
8.Brett Thomas No. 69; Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.; TFH Hire/ Illuminated Water
9.Sheldon Creed No. 74; Alpine, Calif.; TRAXXAS
10.Bill Hynes No. 57; Nazareth, Penn.; Def Leppard/LIVE/Think Loud Recordings/United Fiber & Data
11.Scotty Steele No. 48; Peoria, Ariz.; Def Leppard/LIVE/Think Loud Recordings/United Fiber & Data
2015 SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS
2015 Season Winners
Round No. Race Location Race Date Winner
1 Adelaide, Australia Feb. 27, 2015 E.J. Viso
2 Adelaide, Australia Feb. 28, 2015 Sheldon Creed
3 Adelaide, Australia March 1, 2015 Keegan Kincaid
4 St. Petersburg, Fla. March 28, 2015 Sheldon Creed
5 St. Petersburg, Fla. March 29, 2015 Burt Jenner
6 Long Beach, Calif. April 19, 2015 E.J. Viso
7 Detroit, Mich. May 29, 2015 Robby Gordon
8 Detroit, Mich. May 30, 2015 E.J. Viso
9 Detroit, Mich. May 31, 2015 Burt Jenner
10 Austin, Texas June 7, 2015 Sheldon Creed
11 Toronto, Ont., Canada June 13, 2015 Scotty Steele
12 Toronto, Ont., Canada June 14, 2015 Keegan Kincaid
13 Costa Mesa, Calif. Sept. 18, 2015 PJ Jones
14 Costa Mesa, Calif. Sept. 19, 2015 Sheldon Creed
15 Costa Mesa, Calif. Sept. 20, 2015 Sheldon Creed
16 Gold Coast, Queensland Oct. 23, 2015 Burt Jenner
About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.