2018 – Pocono Raceway Preview

From ThorSport Racing PR –

 

Race 14 of 23: Pocono Raceway

Track Length / Type: 2.5-mile Tri-Oval

Race Distance: 60 laps I 150 miles

Race Format: Three Stages | Stage 1: 15 laps (ending at lap 15), Stage 2: 15 laps (ending at Lap 30), Final Stage: 30 laps (ending at Lap 60)

 

ThorSport Racing at Pocono Raceway

ThorSport Racing has made 23 starts at Pocono Raceway with nine different drivers (Ben Rhodes, Cameron Hayley, Cody Coughlin, Dakoda Armstrong, Grant Enfinger, Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, and Rico Abreu) since 2010. The Sandusky, Ohio-based team’s success includes one pole (Ben Rhodes, 2017), and five laps led en route to seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.

 

Ford Fact – Pocono Raceway

Ford Powered F-150’s has found victory lane 97 times since 1995 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, including one win at Pocono Raceway in 2013 with Ryan Blaney. However, Ford Performance is still looking for their first pole at the 2.5-mile tri-oval.

 

Join the Conversation

Use #GanderOutdoors150 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.

 

Team Info/Stats:

Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 8th

Playoff Position: 4th

Spotter: Lloyd Garner

 

News and Notes: 

  • This Week’s No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150… The No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150 team will unload Chassis No. 62, nicknamed “Jasmine,” for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Gander Outdoors 150. The chassis first made its debut for ThorSport Racing in 2016 at Chicagoland Speedway, finishing third. Dressed as the No. 27 in 2017 with Ben Rhodes behind the wheel, the chassis finished fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway, eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting fifth, earned its first pole of the season at Pocono Raceway and finished second, finished sixth at Chicagoland Speedway, and started second at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Rhodes led 43 laps during the season-finale race. Pocono this weekend will mark its fourth start of the 2018 season, previously finishing fourth at Atlanta, fifth at Charlotte and second at Chicagoland this year. Overall, the truck has one pole award, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
  • Unfinished Business… Aiming to bounce back from the Eldora Dirt Derby, Rhodes is ready to take on the “Tricky Triangle.” In his first race at Pocono in 2016, Rhodes qualified third and finished 11th. Returning a year later, Rhodes’s qualifying effort was record-setting at 170.033 mph, earning him his first but only pole award of the 2017 season. Battling until the end, Rhodes finished second in his second start at the 2.5-mile track last year but is still looking for a win in Pennsylvania.
  • Playing in the Dirt…This past week at the Sixth Annual Dirt Derby, Rhodes kicked off race day by qualifying first with a fastest lap at 86.801 mph, then winning Qualifying Race No. 1, earning him pole position for the main event. Leading the field to the green flag, Rhodes was able to win Stage 1, and led half of the second stage, before a run in with the wall unfortunately forced the team to finish 29th.
  • Catch Rhodes at Pocono… Rhodes will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammates, and other NCWTS drivers, for the track’s Open Garage, Friday, July 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, located in the NCWTS Garage at Pocono Raceway.

Chatting with Ben Rhodes…   

 

“I’m really excited to be heading back to Pocono Raceway this weekend. We’re going there to win, get stage wins and playoff points. Our sole focus is building up as many playoff points as we can for the Playoffs once that comes around, and Pocono is a track we’ve had good success at in past. We finished second there last year, and I’m really wanting to one-up that with a win. We also have the track record, so I definitely want to defend that in qualifying this year. I feel like ThorSport Racing has been giving me super-fast Ford F-150s, and I feel like going back to a familiar place like Pocono is not only going to give myself, but also my team, a lot of confidence.”

 

Catch the Action

Gander Outdoors 150: Saturday, July 28 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX Sports 1 (FS1) | Motor Racing Network (MRN) | SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90

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