2018 – Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

From ThorSport Racing PR –

 

Race 16 of 23: Bristol Motor Speedway

Track Length / Type: 1/2-mile, high-banked oval

Race Distance: 200 laps I 106.6 miles

Race Format: Three Stages | Stage 1: 55 laps (ending at Lap 55), Stage 2: 55 laps (ending at Lap 110), Final Stage: 90 laps (ending at Lap 200)

 

ThorSport Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

ThorSport Racing has made 39 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway with 15 different drivers since 1997:

  • Wins: 0
  • Poles: 0
  • Top-five finishes: 8
  • Top-10 finishes: 14
  • Laps Led: 137
  • Highest Start: 4th (Johnny Sauter – 2010, Ben Rhodes – 2016)
  • Highest Finish: 2nd (Matt Crafton – 2009 and 2017, Johnny Sauter – 2011)

Ford Facts: Bristol Motor Speedway

Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane 97 times since 1995 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), including five wins at Bristol, one being their first victory as a manufacturer in the series:

  • Joe Ruttman – 1995
  • Carl Edwards – 2004
  • Mark Martin – 2006
  • Brad Keselowski – 2014
  • Ryan Blaney – 2015

 

Team Info/Stats:

 

Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis 

Driver Point Standings: 8th

Owner Point Standings: 11th

Playoff Position: 4th

Spotter: Lloyd Garner

Truck: No. 41 FEI World Equestrian Games Ford F-150

 

Chatting with Ben Rhodes…

 

“Our game plan going into Bristol is to simply keep our FEI World Equestrian Games Ford F-150 clean. Chassis No. 37 has been really good to us. It’s won at Las Vegas, and we want to keep it fresh for the toughest part of the season. Our focus has shifted just a little bit. Going into Bristol, we’re thinking more playoff-oriented now, and trying to make sure that we have all the resources available to us to have success in the first round of the Playoffs. With that said, we want to go to Bristol and get a win for the bonus points to help propel us into Homestead, but we fully understand we have to keep our Ford F-150 as clean as possible.”

 

Chassis No. 37

Nickname: “Marshmallow”

Starts: 13

Last race: Dover (2018)

Poles: 0

Wins: 1 (Vegas – 2017)

Total Laps Led: 132

Top-five finishes: 4

Top-10 finishes: 8

Rhodes at Bristol (NCWTS)

Starts: 3

Highest start: 4th (2016)

Highest finish: 5th (2017)

Last race finish: 5th (2017)

Laps led: 1

 

Notables at Bristol:

  • One Pole Award (2014)
Race Recap: Michigan

Started: 17th

Stage 1: 6th

Stage 2: 17th

Finished: 6th

Laps: 100/100

Laps Led: 0

Status: Running

  


News and Notes

 

FEI World Equestrian Games… Joining ThorSport Racing for a two-race partnership, the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) kick off Sept. 11, 2018, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. Held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, WEG is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events. An anticipated 1,000 athletes, 1,500 horses and 500,000 spectators from more than 70 countries are expected to attend the 13-day event. 

 

Locked In… Heading into Thursday night’s race at Bristol, Rhodes looks ahead to the upcoming NCWTS Playoffs squarely locked in with his win at Kentucky Speedway in July. Sitting fourth in the Playoff standings, Rhodes is among five different winners this season, with three Playoff spots up for grabs at the UNOH 200.

 

Join the Conversation

Use #UNOH200 or #NCWTS to join the conversation on social media, and be sure to follow and tag ThorSport Racing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share in the weekend’s excitement.

Catch the Action

UNOH 200: Saturday, Aug. 18 | 8:30 p.m. ET | FOX | Motor Racing Network (MRN) | SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90

 

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