Ben Rhodes – 2016 Homestead-Miami Speedway Preview

Ben Rhodes

From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NCWTS 200 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

Race No. 23 of 23

 

Team Information:

Crew Chief: Kevin Bellicourt

Manufacturer: Toyota

Engine: Triad Racing Technologies

2016 Driver Points: 14th

2016 Owner Points: 16th

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

“Homestead-Miami Speedway is a really fun track, but also very challenging. I’m really glad that I have experience there, and even Eldora, just for the fact that it takes so much skill to run right next to the wall, which is the preferred line. You can be fast on the bottom, but guys like Kyle Larson, and my teammate, Rico Abreu, have shown us that running up there helps save the tires the best, and keeps the most speed on a long run. I learned last year that the key to running up top is to have a loose truck so that you can control the truck a little bit better, and get away from the wall if you need to. While it is the last race of the year, we are going to have a lot of fun.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter…The No. 41 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 57 for Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis was built new for the 2016 season and made its debut at Chicagoland Speedway earlier this season.
  • Miami Minute…Rhodes, who will be making his 27th career NCWTS start on Friday night, will make his second career start at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rhodes made his track debut in the 2015 Xfinity Series season finale for JR Motorsports. The Louisville, KY native started 18th and finished 20th.
  • Intermediate Track Success… In eight career NCWTS starts on an Intermediate-style track (1.5-miles in length), Rhodes has one top-10 (Atlanta), and four top-15 finishes.
  • Rookie Stripe… Rhodes is currently fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 22 of 23 races this season.
  • Rearview Mirror – Phoenix… Making his second career start at Phoenix International Raceway in the NCWTS, Rhodes started ninth, ran as high as seventh, and finished 14th in the 150-lap event.

Rhodes Homestead Xfinity Series Stats:

  • Starts: 1 (2015)
  • Started: 18th
  • Finished: 20th
  • Laps Completed: 198 of 200
  • Laps Led: 0
  • Status: Running

Rhodes 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 22
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 3028 of 3305 (91.6%)
  • Laps Led: 55
  • Avg. Start: 9.7
  • Avg. Finish: 15.7

Rhodes Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 26 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2016
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 8
  • Laps Completed: 3779
  • Laps Led: 55
  • First start: Martinsville, 2014 (8th)
  • Best finish: 2nd (Gateway, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 9.5
  • Avg. Finish: 15.0

Race Information:

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016

Time: 8pm ET on FOX, MRN Radio & SiriusXM Channel 90

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Distance: 134 laps/201 miles

 

About Alpha Energy Solutions:

Alpha Energy Solutions is a commercial and industrial service provider specializing in building automation, indoor energy solutions, chillers, boilers, electrical, equipment rental, food equipment service, piping, plumbing, sheet metal, refrigeration, insulation, and part sales.  With more than 200 service personnel, Alpha is one of the largest self-performing service providers. Alpha’s highly skilled technicians operate quickly and efficiently in all areas of system maintenance and management. As members of the community they serve, Alpha’s associates are committed to job quality and customer satisfaction. To learn more, visit www.alphamechanicalservice.com

 

About ThorSport Racing:

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra driven by Cameron Hayley, the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 Safelite/CURB Records Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu in 2016. To learn more visit www.ThorSport.com

 

ThorSport Racing Media Contact:

Jessica O’Brien

Phone: 803-240-5807

Email: Jessica@EdgehillManagement.com

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