From ThorSport Racing PR:
Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Kentucky Speedway – Buckle Up In Your Truck 225
Race No. 10 of 23
Laps Led: 0
Driver Points: 10th
Owner Points: 9th
Ben Rhodes Race Recap:
Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra, made his track debut at Kentucky Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 on Thursday night. Starting ninth, Rhodes ran as high as fifth, but maintained a position inside the top-12 throughout the 150-lap event, and finished 13th.
Starting ninth, Rhodes complained of a tight Toyota Tundra in the opening laps of the 19th annual NCWTS event, but maintained his position through the first round of pit stops at lap 27. In an effort to keep track position, crew chief Kevin Bellicourt made the call for two tires, and fuel. With a wide range of strategies on pit road, Rhodes was able to restart from the sixth position at lap 35, and maintained a position inside the top-10 until coming down pit road at lap 58 for four tires, and fuel. A lengthy pit stop, due to a problem with the tear-off, cost Rhodes valuable track position, and the rookie driver was forced to restart 21st at lap 64. Fighting a loose Toyota Tundra throughout the second-half of the event, the Louisville, KY native was running lap times comparable to the leaders, and secured a spot inside the top-15 by lap 80. When the caution clock expired at lap 105, Bellicourt brought the No. 41 machine to pit road for the third, and final stop of the night, for four tires and fuel. Restarting 17th, the Alpha Energy Solutions driver was able to gain four positions on-track to finish 13th behind race winner, William Byron.
What does it mean to get a solid run in your home state?
“We had a really good No. 41 Alpha Energy Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. It just proved that track position was key tonight with the racing groove, and really fast race conditions. We had a bad stop there at the end, when a tear off wouldn’t come off the windshield, and we got stuck in the back. For us, track conditions got looser and looser, and I just couldn’t pass any trucks. Daniel Suarez led a lot of laps tonight, and he only finished two spots ahead of us. That shows you how tough it is to get around here. I’m sure it will get easier as the years go on, it’s just the first race is tricky.”
- The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday night’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Rhodes was ninth, and 12th, respectively, in both sessions.
- In his track debut at Kentucky Speedway in the NCWTS, the ThorSport Racing driver started 9th, ran as high as fifth, and finished 13th.
- In 10 starts in 2016, Rhodes has led 51 laps en route to two top-five (Iowa), and four top-10 finishes.
- In 14 career NCWTS starts, Rhodes has one pole (Martinsville), and has led 51 laps en route to three top-five, and seven top-10 finishes.
- Rhodes’ ThorSport Racing teammates finished sixth (Hayley), eighth (Crafton), and 15th (Abreu).
- Up Next: The Aspen Dental 150 at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
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 a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot facility 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
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