Ben Rhodes – 2016 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Preview

USA Cares and Ben Rhodes

From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 USA Cares Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

DC Solar 350 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Race No. 18 of 23

 

Team Information:

Crew Chief: Kevin Bellicourt

Manufacturer: Toyota

Engine: Triad Racing Technologies

2016 Driver Points: 13th

2016 Owner Points: 14th

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

How would you rate your mile-and-half program this year?

“I’ve been to Vegas as a spectator, and I’ve actually raced on the bullring outside the track. So, I’ve been there, to the track and I know where to park my car and which restaurants to eat at, which is important as a rookie. I’m looking forward to this weekend, I like our chances there. I felt good about Chicago, another mile-and-a-half track. I think we have good speed – we had good race-run speed – we were at the top of the charts for awhile, and we learned a lot during the race as far as the changes these trucks go through from day to night – which threw me for a loop. We waited in the race – held back – we went back to 14th or so, and just waited for our pit stops to tune the truck back in, and towards the end of the race, when we were charging back to the front, we got caught up in an incident. It was unfortunate because it ended our night. We had great speed, and I think we definitely had something for them, it was just a matter of circumstances. We’re actually going to try something new this weekend at Vegas, and I actually feel really good about it – really confident – excited to try it.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter…The No. 41 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 53 for Saturday night’s DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). This is the same chassis Rhodes piloted at Atlanta Motor Speedway (6th), Kansas Speedway (18), Eldora Speedway (23rd), and Michigan International Speedway (6th) earlier this season.
  • Las Vegas Odds… Rhodes, who will be making his 22nd career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Saturday, will also make his track debut at the 1.5-mile LVMS. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender does have experience at the .375-mile LVMS Bullring.
  • In the Spotlight… 24-year-old Georgia Napolitano, originally from England, and currently a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will join Rhodes and the No. 41 USA Cares team at LVMS on Saturday. The artist/singer/songwriter currently resides in Las Vegas, NV. Napolitano, who is part of the East Group, will be at the track on Saturday, supporting Rhodes, prior to going into rehearsal for tour, which runs November 17 – December 31, 2016.
  • Intermediate Track Facts… In six career NCWTS starts on an Intermediate-style track, Rhodes has one top-10 (Atlanta), and two top-15 finishes (Texas, and Kentucky).
  • Rookie Stripe… Rhodes is currently fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 17 of 23 races this season.
  • Race Rewind – Loudon… Making his track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NCWTS, Rhodes started fifth, ran as high as third, and finished 15th following a last lap spin in the 175-lap event.
  • USA Cares Back on Board… USA Cares, a non-profit organization based in Radcliff, KY, made their NCWTS debut with Rhodes at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season, and will adorn the No. 41 Toyota Tundra for the second time in 2016 at LVMS this weekend.USA Cares is committed to its mission of providing financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans, and their families in their time of need. For more information visit, www.USACares.org

Rhodes’ 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 17
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 2326 of 2568 (90.6%)
  • Laps Led: 55
  • Avg. Start: 8.8
  • Avg. Finish: 15.4

Rhodes’ Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 21 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2016
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 8
  • Laps Completed: 3077
  • Laps Led: 55
  • First start: Martinsville, 2014 (8th)
  • Best finish: 2nd (Gateway, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 8.7
  • Avg. Finish: 14.6

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time: 8:30pm ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio & SiriusXM Channel 90

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Distance: 146 laps/219 miles

 

About USA Cares:

USA Cares is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that addresses the critical and unmet needs of post 9-11 service members, veterans & military families facing service related hardships. The objective is to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to proactively prevent further financial distress including foreclosure. When USA Cares is contacted to provide assistance, our goal is to respond to each family within 48 hours.  Assistance programs include combat injured, career transition, emergency and housing assistance.  We have responded to more than 80,000 requests for emergency financial assistance, which are paid directly to the creditor in the form of a grant. USA Cares provides the critical support that our veterans and military families need to create a foundation for financial resilience. For more information visit: www.usacares.org

 

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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