Open main menu
2018 Stadium Super Trucks season
Previous: 2017 Next: 2019
Matthew Brabham, the 2018 champion

The 2018 Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks season is the sixth season of the Stadium Super Trucks series. The season consisted of 20 races; it began on January 27, 2018 at Lake Elsinore Diamond and concluded on January 20, 2019 at Foro Sol in conjunction with the 2019 Race of Champions.

With a series-high six wins and 450 total points, Matthew Brabham won his first SST championship. Gavin Harlien finished second in the standings with 490 points and five wins.[1]

Contents

DriversEdit

No. Driver(s) Round(s)
1   Jerett Brooks 1
  Paul Morris 2–12, 15–16
  Adam Andretti 13–14
5   Casey Mears 17–18
7   Robby Gordon 1–8, 11–20
  Russell Boyle 9–10
9   Russell Ingall 15–16
14   Davey Hamilton Jr. 19–20
17   Lalo Laguna 1
18   Apdaly Lopez 1, 5–6, 19–20
21   Matt Nolan 7–8
25   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 1–12, 17–18
  Casey Mears 13–14
47   Jeff Hoffman 1
52   Davey Hamilton Jr. 5–6
55   Gavin Harlien All
57   Bill Hynes 1–12
  Greg Biffle 13–14
  Sheldon Creed 17–18
  Jerett Brooks 19–20
60   Cole Potts All
68   Blade Hildebrand All
73   E. J. Chiba 11–12
74   Sheldon Creed 1
75   Erik Davis 5–6, 17–18
77   Travis Milburn 2–4, 7–8
  Jerett Brooks 17–18
83   Matthew Brabham All
87   Toby Price 2–4
88   Tommy Dawson 13–14
410   Greg Gartner 2–4, 7–8
441   Troy Diede 5–6

Season summaryEdit

The season began at the Lake Elsinore Diamond, where the 2017 finale had been held.[2] Apdaly Lopez won the Feature event, but confusion arose in the days following the race as multiple drivers took the Joker Lap on the final lap, which is not allowed per series rules. After video review by series officials, Bill Hynes – who ran the Joker on the penultimate lap – was declared the winner, though Lopez was allowed to keep his win. Matthew Brabham, who finished seventh, was also revealed to have utilized the same strategy as Hynes, and had his finishing position upgraded to second alongside Jeff Hoffman.[3]

A tripleheader at Australia's Adelaide Street Circuit followed. In the first race, rookie Cole Potts took advantage of Robby Gordon's transmission problem and Brabham locking his brakes entering a turn to win his first SST race. Gordon rebounded to win the second, while Brabham won the final round; Gordon had been in position to win the third race when he entered the final corner too deep, allowing Brabham to capitalize and win.[4] Behind him, Gavin Harlien's truck landed off a jump at a poor angle, resulting in a broken right rear wheel that caused him to hit the wall. Harlien continued to accelerate until he crossed the start/finish line to finish sixth.[5][6]

At the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the first race was stopped after Apdaly Lopez rolled his truck with 17 minutes left; race officials chose not to resume the event and leader Harlien was declared the winner, scoring his maiden series victory.[7] Series commentator Sean Sermini criticized the decision during the broadcast, calling it "Very upsetting."[8] Brabham won the second round of the weekend.

In May, the series returned to Australia to race at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth. Matt Nolan, running his first points race, flipped while jumping on a ramp in the first event, causing his truck's left rear wheel to come off; the wheel eventually hit a vacant spectator bridge. The incident eventually spurred the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) to suspend the series from CAMS-sanctioned races for safety concerns, though SST officials were not notified of the news until July.[9][10] The weekend concluded with Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Jeff Hoffman scoring their first series wins, while Brabham recorded the overall weekend win.[11][12]

Harlien and Luyendyk won at Detroit, the former holding off Aaron Bambach and Luyendyk for the win in the first race. Six laps into the second round, Luyendyk was the race leader when the red flag came out for Paul Morris' wreck in turn three that sent him airborne and onto his truck's roof after hitting a tire barrier.[13][14][15]

The series returned to Texas Motor Speedway for a second year in June.[16] Japanese rally driver E. J. Chiba made his series debut, while Gordon returned for the weekend after missing the Detroit weekend to race in the Baja 500. On lap 16 of 18, Harlien passed Morris for the lead and eventually won Race One, while Brabham took advantage of the field fighting among themselves for position to win Race Two.[17]

 
Brabham competing at Road America

In August, the trucks made their debut at Road America in support of the NASCAR Xfinity Series' Johnsonville 180, running a shortened course that bypassed turns 6–12, though the full circuit was utilized for the final laps.[18][19] NASCAR drivers Casey Mears and Greg Biffle competed in the weekend, the latter making his SST debut.[20] Gordon and Brabham won the weekend's races, while Biffle finished second in the latter.[21]

Nolan's wreck at Perth and the CAMS suspension forced the series' planned competition in October's Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise to be called off. During the month, the series, represented by Queen's Counsel barrister Stewart Anderson, went to court against CAMS in a case overseen by the Supreme Court of Victoria. Anderson argued new wheels would be built with forged billet aluminium that makes them heavier and less likely to detach than the current cast alloy; in an inspection conducted by retired V8 Supercar driver Larry Perkins, he gave his approval of the trucks and pointed out their safety was comparable to the Supercars. Anderson also claimed CAMS and SST had formed an agreement in February in which the former agreed the series was being operated within CAMS' satisfaction, while the delay until July to inform SST officials was a breach of contract.[10] On October 11, judge John Digby ruled in favor of CAMS.[22]

Six days after the trial, SST partnered with the Australian Auto Sport Alliance, which is not affiliated with CAMS, and the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS), ensuring the series' future in the country. After a risk assessment, the AASA and NSW Sport and Recreation approved the series for competition in AMRS event.[23] The trucks' first race weekend under the AMRS banner took place nine days later at the Sydney Motorsport Park,[24] won by Brabham and Harlien.[25][26] 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series champion Russell Ingall contested his first SST weekend.[27]

To close out the 2018 calendar year, the series participated in the Robby Gordon Off-Road World Championships at Glen Helen Raceway.[28] Hoffman and Harlien were victorious in the two rounds, while Brabham finished second in both races, placing him in position to win the championship.[29]

The 2019 Race of Champions at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez's Foro Sol in Mexico City served as the season finale.[30][31] Due to the Race of Champions' track and race format, the trucks utilized a head-to-head bracket system in which two drivers competed against each other, with the winner advancing to the next round; should a driver lose in the first two rounds, they may proceed if they were the fastest of the defeated drivers as the "Fastest Loser". After three rounds, the final two drivers competed in the final round. Gordon won Saturday's racing after defeating Brabham, while Brabham clinched the championship when he won against Harlien in the third round on Sunday; Brabham ended the 2018 season by beating Hoffman in the final.[32][33]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Circuit Date Pole position Winning driver Supporting
1   Lake Elsinore Diamond, Lake Elsinore, California January 27   Jeff Hoffman   Apdaly Lopez
  Bill Hynes
Standalone
2   Adelaide Street Circuit, South Australia, Australia March 2   Bill Hynes   Cole Potts Adelaide 500
3 March 3   Toby Price   Robby Gordon
4 March 4   Bill Hynes   Matthew Brabham
5   Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California April 14   Arie Luyendyk Jr.   Gavin Harlien Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
6 April 15   Aaron Bambach   Matthew Brabham
7   Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia May 5   Matt Nolan   Arie Luyendyk Jr. Perth SuperSprint
8 May 6   Bill Hynes   Jeff Hoffman
9   Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan June 2   Russell Boyle   Gavin Harlien Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
10 June 3   Cole Potts   Arie Luyendyk Jr.
11   Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas June 9   Aaron Bambach   Gavin Harlien DXC Technology 600
12 June 9   Blade Hildebrand   Matthew Brabham
13   Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 24   Tommy Dawson   Robby Gordon Johnsonville 180
14 August 25   Adam Andretti   Matthew Brabham
15   Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Australia October 27   Matthew Brabham   Matthew Brabham Australian Motor Racing Championships
16 October 28   Blade Hildebrand   Gavin Harlien
17   Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, California December 1 Land rush start   Jeff Hoffman Standalone
18 December 2   Gavin Harlien
19   Foro Sol, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City January 19, 2019 Head-to-head system   Robby Gordon 2019 Race of Champions
20 January 20, 2019   Matthew Brabham

Race of Champions resultsEdit

January 19

Seed Driver 1 Seed Driver 2
Round 1
1   Robby Gordon 10   Apdaly Lopez
2   Blade Hildebrand 9   Jerett Brooks
3   Jeff Hoffman 8   Casey Mears
4   Matthew Brabham 7   Cole Potts
5   Davey Hamilton Jr. 6   Gavin Harlien
Round 2
1   Robby Gordon 3   Jeff Hoffman
2   Blade Hildebrand 4   Matthew Brabham
6   Gavin Harlien 7   Cole Potts
Round 3
1   Robby Gordon 6   Gavin Harlien
4   Matthew Brabham 7   Cole Potts
Final
1   Robby Gordon 4   Matthew Brabham

January 20

Seed Driver 1 Seed Driver 2
Round 1
4   Matthew Brabham 5   Davey Hamilton Jr.
2   Blade Hildebrand 9   Jerett Brooks
3   Jeff Hoffman 8   Casey Mears
1   Robby Gordon 7   Cole Potts
6   Gavin Harlien 10   Apdaly Lopez
Round 2
1   Robby Gordon 7   Cole Potts
2   Blade Hildebrand 3   Jeff Hoffman
4   Matthew Brabham 6   Gavin Harlien
Round 3
1   Robby Gordon 4   Matthew Brabham
3   Jeff Hoffman 7   Cole Potts
Final
3   Jeff Hoffman 4   Matthew Brabham
  • Bold – Won round
  • Italics – Fastest loser
  • Seed set by qualifying times

StandingsEdit

Rank Driver  
ELS
 
ADE
 
LBH
 
PER
 
DET
 
TEX
 
ROA
 
SMP
 
GHR
 
MXC
Points
H1 H2 F
1   Matthew Brabham 6 2 3 3 1* 4 1 7 4 4 2 10 1* 2* 1 1 9 2 2 2 1 540
2   Gavin Harlien 3 3 6 2 6 1 3 9 6 1 3 1 2 3 5 2* 1 4 1 43 52 490
3   Robby Gordon 1 4* 11 1* 10* 2 4 5 11 Rpl Rpl 5 3 1 6 4 4 10 5 1 43 410
4   Jeff Hoffman 2 2 4 12 4 12 12* 2 1 8 4 3 8 12 4* 5 8 1 3 52 2 377
5   Cole Potts 2 5 1* 8 11 7 2 8 2* 10 7 4 5 8 8 3 3 8 6 3 3 369
6   Blade Hildebrand 5 7 7 9 5 6 11 4 3 5 5 11 6 4 3 9 6* 12 4 62 62 341
7   Arie Luyendyk Jr. 4 9 2 5 7 3* 14 1* 8 3 1* 6 10 Rpl# Rpl# 3 11 305
8   Paul Morris Rpl Rpl 8 4 8 10 5 3 5 9 10 2* 4 6 2 249
9   Bill Hynes 4 1 10 11 12 11 10 11 10 9 8 7 9 Rpl# Rpl# 208
10   Aaron Bambach 14 6 2* 6 9 7 5 7 9 132
11   Travis Milburn 5 6 2 6 7 95
12   Apdaly Lopez 3 1 13 9 101 101 81
13   Sheldon Creed 1 6 6* 9 62
14   Greg Gartner 9 7 9 10 9 61
15   Matt Nolan 12 DNS 9 10 8 7 59
16   Davey Hamilton Jr. 5 7 91 81 58
17   Erik Davis 8 8 5 7 56
18   Jerett Brooks 5 10 11 8* 71 71 54
19   Casey Mears 6# 12# 7 10 81 91 50
20   Toby Price 12 10 3 40
21   Russell Ingall 7 5 30
T-22   Adam Andretti 11 9 23
T-22   E. J. Chiba 8 11 23
24   Tommy Dawson 10 11 21
25   Troy Diede 9 13 20
26   Lalo Laguna 6 8 17
T-27   Greg Biffle 7# 2# 0
T-27   Russell Boyle 7 9 0
Rank Driver  
ELS
 
ADE
 
LBH
 
PER
 
DET
 
TEX
 
ROA
 
SMP
 
GHR
 
MXC
Points
H1 H2 F
Jerett Brooks replaced Paul Morris at Lake Elsinore, and all points scored by Brooks went to Morris.
Russell Boyle replaced Robby Gordon at Detroit, and all points scored by Boyle went to Gordon.
# Casey Mears and Greg Biffle replaced Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Bill Hynes at Road America, respectively, and all points scored by Mears and Biffle went to Luyendyk and Hynes.
1, 2, 3 Round in which driver is eliminated
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 Overall Point Standings". Stadium Super Trucks. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Sinclair, Adam (January 11, 2018). "Stadium SUPER Trucks to Start 2018 World Championship at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium January 27". Speedway Digest. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Nguyen, Justin (February 7, 2018). "SST: Bill Hynes declared winner of Lake Elsinore race". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Nguyen, Justin (March 4, 2018). "SST: Potts, Gordon, Brabham take victories in Adelaide". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "SUPPORTS: Brabham wins chaotic Super Trucks finale". Speedcafe. March 4, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Alaniz, Anthony (March 11, 2018). "WATCH A STADIUM SUPER TRUCK'S ATTEMPTED PASS GO HILARIOUSLY WRONG". Motor1. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Dottore, Damian (April 15, 2018). "Joao Barbosa's fuel-saving tactic leads to IMSA Sports Car Grand Prix victory". Press-Telegram. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  8. ^ ZumMallen, Ryan (April 19, 2018). "Stadium Super Trucks Launches into Race Fans' Hearts". Trucks.com. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Howard, Tom (September 20, 2018). "CAMS suspends Super Trucks on safety grounds". Speedcafe. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Harris, Geoffrey (October 5, 2018). "MOTORSPORT: Robby Gordon, CAMS slug it out in court". Motoring.com.au. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Nguyen, Justin (May 6, 2018). "SST: Luyendyk, Hoffman score first career victories in Perth". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (May 6, 2018). "Matt Brabham wins Stadium SUPER Trucks race in Australia, prepares for V8 Supercars stint". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Nguyen, Justin (June 4, 2018). "SST: Harlien and Luyendyk score Detroit victories". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Robinson, Geoff (June 3, 2018). "'Bachelor' star Arie Luyendyk Jr. picks up win at Belle Isle". The Detroit News. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Perrins, Slade (June 4, 2018). "Morris in spectacular SST rollover in Detroit". Speedcafe. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Stadium Super Trucks return in 2018". Texas Motor Speedway. August 22, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Nguyen, Justin (June 10, 2018). "SST: Harlien and Brabham two-step to victory in Texas". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Kallman, Dave (October 17, 2017). "Road America adds stadium off-road trucks to NASCAR Xfinity Series weekend". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  19. ^ Nguyen, Justin (August 26, 2018). "SST: Gordon and Brabham take Road America victories". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  20. ^ Nguyen, Justin (August 22, 2018). "SST: Greg Biffle returns to racing at Road America in series debut". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  21. ^ Campbell, Angela (August 26, 2018). "Robby Gordon And Matthew Brabham Dominate At Road America". Speedway Media. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Howard, Tom; Herrero, Dan (October 11, 2018). "Court upholds Super Trucks suspension". Speedcafe. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  23. ^ Coch, Matt (October 22, 2018). "Sydney Motorsport Park confident of SST safety". Speedcafe. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  24. ^ Coch, Matt; Herrero, Dan (October 17, 2018). "Stadium Super Trucks to race in Sydney next week". Speedcafe. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  25. ^ Coch, Matt (October 17, 2018). "AMRS Wrap: Brabham wins opening SST encounter". Speedcafe. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  26. ^ Coch, Matt (October 17, 2018). "AMRS Wrap: McElrea crowned Formula Ford champ". Speedcafe. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  27. ^ Howard, Tom; Herrero, Dan (October 25, 2018). "Ingall joins Sydney Stadium Trucks field". Speedcafe. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  28. ^ Ochsner, Shaun (September 4, 2018). "Massive Payout for Inaugural Robby Gordon Off-Road Championships at Glen Helen". Four Wheeler. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  29. ^ "Brabham extends SST title advantage". Speedcafe. December 3, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  30. ^ "Stadium Super Trucks join Race of Champions". Racer. December 21, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  31. ^ Herrero, Dan (December 23, 2018). "SST to finish 2018 season at Race Of Champions". Speedcafe. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  32. ^ Nguyen, Justin (January 21, 2019). "SST: Brabham secures championship at Race of Champions". Overtake Motorsport. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  33. ^ "Brabham wins Stadium Super Trucks title". Speedcafe. January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.