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Ben Rhodes (racing driver)

Benjamin J. "Ben" Rhodes[1] (born February 21, 1997) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing. Rhodes won the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship with Turner Scott Motorsports.

Ben Rhodes
Ben Rhodes Road America 2015.jpg
Rhodes after winning his first pole position at Road America, 2015
BornBenjamin J. Rhodes
(1997-02-21) February 21, 1997 (age 22)
Louisville, Kentucky
Achievements2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
10 races run over 1 year
2015 position28th
Best finish28th (2015)
First race2015 3M 250 (Iowa)
Last race2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
95 races run over 5 years
Truck no., teamNo. 99 (ThorSport Racing)
2018 position8th
Best finish5th (2017)
First race2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
First win2017 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last win2018 Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 46 5
Statistics current as of November 8, 2019.

Racing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Rhodes began his career in 2004 when he was seven years old, starting in Kart racing, winning several champion titles before moving to Bandoleros in 2008, and Legends cars in 2010, then moving up to late model stock cars beginning in 2011.[2][3]

After earning a several wins, in 2012 he signed with then-Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose to begin racing Late Model cars in the UARA-STARS Series under the Marcos Ambrose Motorsports banner.[4][5] After the 2012 season, Rhodes signed a deal with Turner Scott Motorsports to begin racing part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013.[6] Rhodes scored five top five finishes in seven starts.[4] In June of that year, Rhodes was named to the NASCAR Next roster, composed of up-and-coming drivers expected to become the next group of stars in NASCAR competition.[7]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

Rhodes would move full-time in the K&N East Series for 2014, with former driver Mark McFarland as his crew chief.[4] In mid-March 2014, it was announced Rhodes would make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville in the Kroger 250 for TSM, and drive in three additional Truck series races that season.[8] He earned three top tens, including an 8th-place finish in his debut, in four Truck Series races.[3] Rhodes would also make his ARCA Racing Series debut at his home track Kentucky Speedway, starting fifth but finishing 27th after a crash.[4] Rhodes would claim TSM's second consecutive K&N Pro Series East Championship through five wins, 11 top five finishes, and six poles. Rhodes would also tie a series record set by Ricky Craven in 1991 by winning four consecutive races (Iowa, Bowman Gray, Five Flags, Langley Speedway) between May and June.[4]

 
Rhodes turning left in Turn 6 after winning his first pole position at Road America in 2015

Xfinity SeriesEdit

In December 2014, it was announced that Rhodes would move up to NASCAR's second-tier national series the Xfinity Series (formerly Busch and Nationwide) with JR Motorsports for 10 races in the 2015 season, sharing the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro with Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne. Rhodes made his debut with the team at Iowa Speedway on May 16, finishing seventh.[9][3][10] Rhodes had the fastest time in the first practice at Road America in August 2015 and he was awarded the pole position after qualifying rained out. On October 20, Rhodes announced that he had left JRM, intending to run a full-time Xfinity schedule in 2016.[11]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

On December 15, 2015, Rhodes joined ThorSport Racing to run full-time in the Truck Series in 2016, driving the No. 41 Toyota Tundra.[12] Rhodes started the season with a 7th-place finish at Daytona. Rhodes and Johnny Sauter were in contention for the win at Kansas but both crashed in the final lap, allowing William Byron to secure the first win of his career.[13] Rhodes missed the inaugural truck series Chase and finished 14th in series points.[14] On January 31, 2017, Rhodes announced his return to ThorSport for the 2017 season with new crew chief Eddie Troconis and renumbered No. 27 Tundra.[15] Rhodes came close to victory at Kansas when, after passing Kyle Busch late in the race, his engine expired with 10 laps to go. On September 15, Rhodes secured a spot in the 2017 truck series playoffs.[16] On September 30, Rhodes held off eventual champion Christopher Bell to win his first truck series race at the Las Vegas 350.[17] For 2018 Rhodes returned to the 41 truck, now a Ford F150, with Troconis returning as crew chief. After many engine troubles plaguing him in 2018 he won his second career race at Kentucky Motor Speedway after dominating the race and holding off a hard charging Stewart Friesen.[18] A repeat win in 2019 with ThorSport was not to be, however, as the lapped truck of Brennan Poole made contact with Rhodes in the late stages of the race, causing tire problems and relegating Rhodes to a 19th-place finish. Rhodes, irate with Poole after the race, twice tried to physically confront Poole before being pulled away. Rhodes later said he was mad at Poole because he believed the lapped truck cost him a shot at a win and a birth in the NASCAR playoffs.[19] Later in the regular season at Eldora Speedway, Tyler Dippel forced Rhodes into the wall in the late stages of the race, again knocking Rhodes from a top-ten finish, and then rammed his truck into Rhodes on the cooldown lap. On pit road after the race, Rhodes tried to drag Dippel from his truck before calling him a dirty driver. Dippel, in return, directed an expletive-laced tirade at Rhodes and called it "cool" that Rhodes would miss the playoffs.[20]

Other racingEdit

In March 2019, Rhodes participated in the Michelin Pilot Challenge sports car race at Sebring International Raceway, driving a Ford for Multimatic Motorsports alongside ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Myatt Snider.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Rhodes is the son of Lori and Joe Rhodes. His father is the president of Kentucky-based mechanical service contractor Alpha Energy Solutions which has sponsored Ben's racing efforts.[22]

Rhodes graduated from Holy Cross High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 2015, finishing with a 3.98 GPA despite missing classes due to his racing career. He missed the school's graduation ceremony on May 15 because he was in Iowa to prepare for his Xfinity Series debut the next day; the school's president traveled to the race to present Rhodes with his diploma during driver introductions.[9]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2015 JR Motorsports 88 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW
7
CLT DOV MCH CHI
21
DAY KEN NHA
12
IND IOW
30
GLN
35
MOH
10
BRI ROA
32
DAR RCH CHI KEN
30
DOV
13
CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
20
28th 230 [23]

Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 Turner Scott Motorsports 32 Chevy DAY MAR
7
KAN CLT DOV
22
TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI
9
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO
5
HOM 35th 132 [24]
2016 ThorSport Racing 41 Toyota DAY
7
ATL
6
MAR
16
KAN
18
DOV
28
CLT
17
TEX
11
IOW
4
GTW
2
KEN
13
ELD
23
POC
11
BRI
30
MCH
6
MSP
30
CHI
25
NHA
15
LVS
12
TAL
24
MAR
19
TEX
15
PHO
14
HOM
20
14th 387 [25]
2017 27 DAY
12
ATL
4
MAR
20
KAN
23
CLT
8
DOV
4*
TEX
5
GTW
8
IOW
14
KEN
27
ELD
30
POC
2
MCH
11
BRI
5
MSP
10
CHI
6
NHA
7
LVS
1
TAL
23
MAR
9
TEX
18
PHO
20
HOM
19
5th 2263 [26]
2018 41 Ford DAY
4
ATL
4
LVS
7
MAR
12*
DOV
8
KAN
18
CLT
5
TEX
16
IOW
17
GTW
19
CHI
2
KEN
1
ELD
29
POC
11
MCH
6
BRI
7
MSP
14
LVS
4
TAL
16
MAR
4
TEX
2
PHO
12
HOM
10
8th 2254 [27]
2019 99 DAY
14
ATL
5
LVS
25
MAR
2
TEX
10
DOV
6
KAN
2
CLT
4
TEX
21
IOW
2
GTW
8
CHI
32
KEN
19
POC
9
ELD
14
MCH
23
BRI
8
MSP
3
LVS
8
TAL
12
MAR
16
PHO
4*
HOM
-* -* [28]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2013 Turner Scott Motorsports 41 Chevy BRI
9
GRE FFS RIC
35
BOW IOW
3
LFS CMS IOW
8
VIR GRE
6
NHA
4
DOV
26
RAT 19th 217 [29]
2014 NSS
4
DAY
15
BRI
3*
GRE
1*
RIC
2
IOW
1*
BOW
1*
FFS
1
LFS
1*
NHA
22
CMS
3
IOW
7
GLN
3
VIR
10
GRE
4
DOV
15
1st 640 [30]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts Ref
2014 Venturini Motorsports 55 Toyota DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP POC BLN ISF MAD
11
DSF SLM 61st 275 [31]
Turner Scott Motorsports 41 Chevy KEN
27
KAN

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team Event Rosters – Bristol Motor Speedway – Thursday, August 15, 2019" (PDF). NASCAR. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ben Rhodes Profile". Ben Rhodes official site. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Pennell, Jay (December 13, 2014). "Newest young gun? Ben Rhodes excited for JR Motorsports opportunity". foxsports.com. Fox Sports. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Wolkin, Joseph (September 28, 2014). "Teenager, high school student, and NASCAR champion Ben Rhodes". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Marcos Ambrose Motorsports expands to two cars in 2012". Yardbarker. Fox Sports. February 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Rhodes Joins Turner For Partial East Slate". National Speed Sport News. December 18, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Norman, Brad (June 7, 2013). "NASCAR Next a diverse, accomplished class". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ben Rhodes to run partial Truck Series schedule". NASCAR.
  9. ^ a b Lintner, Jonathan (May 17, 2015). "Louisville's Rhodes top 10 in 1st NASCAR race". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  10. ^ Staff Report (December 5, 2014). "NASCAR NEXT'S RHODES TO RUN XFINITY SERIES FOR JRM". nascar.com. NASCAR. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (October 20, 2015). "Louisville's Rhodes parting with JR Motorsports". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Pennell, Jay (December 15, 2015). "Ben Rhodes joins ThorSport Racing for 2016 Camping World Truck season". Foxsports.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Camping World Truck Series Final Laps". Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ben Rhodes 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ben Rhodes to remain with ThorSport for 2017 NASCAR Truck season". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "Camping World Truck Series playoff field set; Bell captures regular-season crown". Nascar.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Ben Rhodes holds off Christopher Bell in wild Trucks finish". Nascar.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ben Rhodes lands special home-state Truck Series win at Kentucky". Nascar.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Chernoff, Andrew. "No repeat win for Ben Rhodes at home track". WLKY. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  20. ^ Seelman, Jacob (August 2, 2019). "Rhodes & Dippel Come To Blows After Dirt Derby". Speed Sport. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  21. ^ "NASCAR Stars Swap Trucks for Mustang GT4s at Sebring". Sportscar365. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
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  23. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  25. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  26. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  27. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  28. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  29. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  31. ^ "Ben Rhodes – 2014 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved November 4, 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dylan Kwasniewski
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion
2014
Succeeded by
William Byron