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2016 Stadium Super Trucks season
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Sheldon Creed, the 2016 champion.
Matthew Brabham, the 2016 runner-up.

The 2016 Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks presented by Traxxas season was the fourth season of the Stadium Super Trucks series. After two seasons as Speed Energy Formula Off-Road, the name was quietly phased out in series branding by 2016.[1]

2015 champion Sheldon Creed defended his title when he recorded twelve wins in 2016. Matthew Brabham finished second in the championship with 570 points, a 75-point differential between him and Creed, while Robby Gordon took third.[1]

DriversEdit

No. Driver(s) Round(s)
1   Sheldon Creed 1–8, 10–21
  Robby Gordon 9
2   Matt Mingay 1–3
  Robby Gordon 10–12, 19–21
5   E. J. Viso 10–12
6   Tyler McQuarrie 4–7, 9, 17–18
  Scotty Steele 8
7   Robby Gordon 1–7, 13–18
9   Max Papis 13–14
11   Rob Whyte 10–12
12   Shaun Richardson 10–12, 19–21
14   Pat O'Keefe 4–7
15   Brian Ickler 15–16
20   Dustin Scott 4–9, 13–14
  Arie Luyendyk Jr. 15–16
21   Matt Nolan 19–21
25   Travis Milburn 1, 3
  Rob Cowie 2
  Arie Luyendyk Jr. 8–9
30   Robbie Pierce 1–3, 15–16
  Augie Lerch 4–5
  Davey Hamilton 6–7
  Burt Jenner 8
  Scotty Steele 9
  Arie Luyendyk Jr. 10–12, 17–18
  Paul Tracy 13–14
  P. J. Jones 19–21
33   Todd Romano 10–12
36   Kenny Wallace 15
  Jessie Johnson 16
45   Craig Dontas 19–21
50   Burt Jenner 1–3
57   Bill Hynes 1–9, 13–18
67   Paul Morris 1–12, 15–21
75   Erik Davis 6–7, 10–12
76   Bill Hynes 10–12, 19–21
78   Sara Price 13–21
83   Matthew Brabham 1–7, 10–21
  E. J. Viso 8–9
87   Toby Price 1–13, 13–14, 19–21
  Aaron Bambach 8–9
93   Russell Boyle 13–14
99   Kyle LeDuc 17–18
441   Troy Diede 17–18
500   Greg Gartner 1–3
888   Khaled Al Mudaf 6–7

ScheduleEdit

Round Circuit Location Date Pole position Winning driver Supporting Ref
1 Adelaide Street Circuit   Adelaide, South Australia, Australia March 4   Robbie Pierce   Sheldon Creed Clipsal 500 Adelaide [2]
2 March 5   Toby Price   Burt Jenner [3]
3 March 6   Matt Mingay   Sheldon Creed [4]
4 Streets of St. Petersburg   St. Petersburg, Florida March 12   Pat O'Keefe   Sheldon Creed Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg [5]
5 March 13   Pat O'Keefe   Keegan Kincaid [6]
6 Streets of Long Beach   Long Beach, California April 16   Matthew Brabham   Sheldon Creed Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [7]
7 April 17   Bill Hynes   Sheldon Creed [8]
8 Streets of Detroit   Detroit, Michigan June 3   Arie Luyendyk Jr.   Matthew Brabham Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix [9]
June 4 Suspended after Matt Mingay's accident on lap 3 [10]
9 June 5   Scotty Steele   Matthew Brabham [11]
10 Townsville Street Circuit   Townsville, Queensland, Australia July 8   E. J. Viso   Sheldon Creed Castrol Edge Townsville 400 [12]
11 July 9   Rob Whyte   Robby Gordon [13]
12 July 10   Rob Whyte   E. J. Viso [14]
13 Streets of Toronto   Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 16   Bill Hynes   Matthew Brabham Honda Indy Toronto [15]
14 July 17   Bill Hynes   Sheldon Creed [16]
15 Charlotte Motor Speedway Dirt Track   Concord, North Carolina August 19   Bill Hynes   Sheldon Creed TORC: The Off Road Championship [17]
16 August 20   Arie Luyendyk Jr.   Sheldon Creed [18]
17 OC Fair & Event Center   Costa Mesa, California September 16   Troy Diede   Robby Gordon Sand Sports Super Show [19]
18 September 17   Troy Diede   Sheldon Creed [20]
19 Surfers Paradise Street Circuit   Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia October 21   Bill Hynes   Sheldon Creed Castrol Gold Coast 600 [21]
20 October 22   Paul Morris   Robby Gordon [22]
21 October 23   Craig Dontas   Sheldon Creed [23]

Race summariesEdit

Rounds 1–3: AdelaideEdit

2016 Indianapolis 500 driver Matt Brabham, who ran the Formula Off-Road round at Toronto in 2015, made his return to the series for Adelaide.[24] Adelaide driver Travis Milburn made his SST debut in the race weekend;[25] other Australians in the field included Paul Morris, Rob Cowie, Matt Mingay, Greg Gartner and 2016 Dakar Rally winner Toby Price.[26]

2015 champion Sheldon Creed started eleventh in the twelve-driver grid, but drove his way through the field. Price led the race until lap six, when he collided into the wall. Morris inherited the lead and dueled with Creed for the position. As the two entered the final ramps, Morris went sideways and missed the second jump, enabling Creed to take the win.[27]

On the first lap of the second race, Mingay rolled his truck as he entered turn fourteen. Mingay nearly landed on Burt Jenner, but he was able to avoid Mingay's truck. Jenner battled with Price for much of the race before passing him on lap six, holding off Gordon to win.[28]

Mingay's struggles continued in the third race when he was spun by Price on lap three as he entered the ramp.[29]

Rounds 4–5: St. PetersburgEdit

The series returned to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the third consecutive season.[30]

Rounds 6–7: Long BeachEdit

On the final lap, Pat O'Keefe landed off a jump erratically, causing his truck to slide over the second ramp before hitting the catchfence dividing the track from pit road. The wreck ended the race as Sheldon Creed was declared the winner.[31]

Rounds 8–9: DetroitEdit

Series veteran Arie Luyendyk Jr. made his season debut in Detroit.[32]

In the second race, Matt Mingay's truck flipped on lap three, prompting a red flag and suspending the race. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for facial injuries.[10] He was eventually placed under a coma for five days and underwent jaw and brain surgeries.[33] Mingay returned to Australia after he recovered, but lost three weeks' worth of memories.[34] Officially, the race is not included in the series' records.

Rounds 10–12: TownsvilleEdit

In support of the injured Matt Mingay, Robby Gordon drove his No. 2 Hot Wheels truck at Townsville.[35]

Rounds 13–14: TorontoEdit

Entering the race weekend, 17-time motocross champion Sara Price made her series debut, becoming the first female driver in SST history.[36] Also debuting in the series at Toronto was Champ Car and NASCAR driver Max Papis, while 2003 CART champion Paul Tracy, who last ran an SST race in 2014, returned to the series.[37]

Rounds 15–16: CharlotteEdit

In August, the SST partnered with TORC: The Off Road Championship to race the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. To accommodate the stadium trucks, track officials added a 36-inch tall aluminum ramp to the start/finish line.[38] NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Brian Ickler made their series debuts.[39]

Rounds 17–18: Costa MesaEdit

The Sand Sports Super Show weekend was marred by tragedy when Robby Gordon's parents were found dead in their nearby Orange, California home on Wednesday.[40] In a statement released on Thursday, Gordon stated the race weekend would go on as planned, but added that "to switch from what happened to a business mode really stinks."[41]

In the first race, Matt Brabham took the lead at the start, while Gordon moved his way up from the back of the field. Late in the race, Gordon took the Joker Lap to get past Brabham and claim the win. P. J. Jones, who was substituting for Pat O'Keefe in the SafeCraft Safety Equipment truck, was able to pass Brabham to take second. With six laps left in the race, Paul Morris flipped his truck but was able to finish sixth.[42]

Mike's Peak Hill Climb ChallengeEdit

On October 13–16, the series went to Baja California to run the inaugural Mike's Peak Hill Climb Challenge, held at Mike's Sky Rancho. The hillclimbing event featured 144 competitors across various vehicle classes including SST.[43] Held on a 19.5-mile (31.4 km) course with 203 turns, water crossings and cattle grids, it marked the first time a stadium truck raced on such a track. Gordon dedicated the hillclimb to his late father Bob Gordon. "We've spent many, many nights here [at Mike's Sky Ranch]. We'd share a room, share a bed," he stated. "I think if I would have stopped this event, he would have been mad at me."[44]

The field of competitors featured a variety of drivers, such as SST veterans Robby Gordon and Sheldon Creed, and an eleven-year old racer with his father serving as co-driver.[44] 2015 Baja 500 winner Apdaly Lopez, who won the SST gold medal at X Games Austin 2014, entered the event driving an unlimited truck.[45]

On Friday, Gordon recorded the fastest time of the 16-driver field with a time of 17:08, followed by Sheldon Creed with 17:29.[46] He repeated the feat on Saturday with a time of 16:51, a 22-second advantage over second-placed Creed.[47]

Rounds 19–21: Surfers ParadiseEdit

In practice for Friday's race, teammates Paul Morris and Sara Price collided as they entered a turn, causing the two to roll over as they went into the barrier.[48]

Final standingsEdit

Rank Driver  
ADE
 
STP
 
LBH
 
DET
 
TOW
 
TOR
 
CLT
 
OCF
 
SRF
Points
1   Sheldon Creed 1 4 1* 1 2 1* 1 7 C 1 2 4 2 1* 1* 1* 8 1* 1* 6 1* 645
2   Matthew Brabham 5 5 3 2 5 2 3 1 C 1* 3 4 2 1 2 2 4 3* 2 3 2 2 570
3   Robby Gordon 4 3 2 5 9 11 2* 6 11 1* 10 4 3 3 10 1 5 5 1* 4 444
4   Paul Morris 2 7 9 6 4 4 10 4 C 3 2 3 12 4 5 6 11 12 10 5 386
5   Bill Hynes 10 10 10 9 7 9 7 11 C 7 7 12 8 12 11 9 9 9 7 7 5 5 255
6   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 2 C 8 4 5 3 10 2 5 9 173
7   Toby Price 12 2* 7 5 4 6 4 3 150
8   Keegan Kincaid 3 6 4 4 1* 12 12 10 147
9   Greg Gartner 6 11 6 C 6 4 9 7 138
10   Tyler McQuarrie 3 3 3 5 C 5 11 10 132
11   Sara Price 8 9 5 6 4 6 9 11 6 130
12   P. J. Jones 7 8 2 4 2 8 12 129
13   Dustin Scott 8 6 5 6 6 C 9 6 6 120
14   E. J. Viso 8 C 2 10* 7 1* 99
15   Shaun Richardson 9 10 9 8 3 8 83
16   Erik Davis 6 4 8 9 5 78
17   Burt Jenner 8* 1 5 12 73
18   Robbie Pierce 9 9 11 7 7 62
19   Pat O'Keefe 10 8 7 9 50
20   Matt Mingay 11 12 8 9 C 44
21   Aaron Bambach 3 C 4 41
22   Todd Romano 6 11 7 39
23   Matt Nolan 10 7 9 37
24   Kyle LeDuc 7 3 35
25   Craig Dontas 11 12 10 30
26   Rob Whyte 12 8 11 28
26   Brian Ickler 6 8 28
28   Scotty Steele 5 C 10 27
29   Augie Lerch 7 10 25
30   Paul Tracy 9* 12 24
30   Max Papis 11 7 24
30   Troy Diede 10 8 24
30   Khaled Al Mudhaf 10 8 24
34   Travis Milburn 7 12 23
34   Davey Hamilton 8 11 23
36   Russell Boyle 10 10 22
37   Jessie Johnson 3 20
38   Kenny Wallace 8 15
39   Rob Cowie 8 13
Race suspended after Matt Mingay's crash and injury on lap 3. The event was not resumed and ultimately struck from series records.
Legend
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place (Top 5)
Light Blue 6th–10th place (Top 10)
Dark Blue Finished (Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish (DNF)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Brown Withdrew (Wth)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race abandoned (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Driver replacement (Rpl)
Race not held (NH)
Not competing
In-Line Notation
Bold Pole position
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
miscellaneous notation

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