Ben Rhodes – 2016 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Preview

From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

UNOH 175 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Race No. 17 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:

 

You’ve got three starts at Loudon and had some success there in the K&N East Series. Is this a track that suits your driving style? 

“I think New Hampshire Motor Speedway really plays to our strengths. I know my crew chief Kevin Bellicourt has some awesome notes there, and we’ve both had this race circled on our calendar for quite some time. I like flat tracks because it takes me back to what I grew up racing on, and I feel like it can be a great race for us.”

 

What are your goals for the remainder of the 2016 season now that you are not in the Chase?

“Even though we’re not in the chase our goals do not change. We go to each race with a plan to win, but it’s racing and stuff happens. So we hope to get a couple wins, and poles, before the season is over.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter…The No. 41 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 49 for Saturday’s UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). This is the same chassis Rhodes’ earned his career-first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole with at Martinsville, and two top-five finishes earlier this season at both Iowa Speedway (4th), and Gateway Motorsports Park (2nd).
  • Granite State Stats… Rhodes, who will be making his 21st career NCWTS start on Saturday, has three previous starts at “The Magic Mile.” The ThorSport Racing driver has one Xfinity Series start (2015), and two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts (2013 & 2014).
  • Rookie Stripe… Rhodes is currently fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 16 of 23 races this season.
  • Race Rewind – Chicago… Making his track debut at Chicagoland Speedway in the NCWTS, Rhodes started seventh, and finished 25th, due to a late-race accident on lap 113 of 151.

Rhodes’ Loudon Xfinity Stats:

  • Starts: 1 (2015)
  • Started: 14th
  • Finished: 12th
  • Completed 199 of 200 (99.5%)
  • Laps Led: 0

Rhodes Loudon K&N Pro Series East Stats:

  • Starts: 2 (2013 & 2014)
  • One pole (2014)
  • Top-Five Finishes: ` (2013)
  • Laps Led: 18 (2014)
  • Laps Completed: 205 of 205 (100%)
  • Best Finish: 4th
  • Average Start: 7.0
  • Average Finish: 13.0

Rhodes’ 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 16
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 2151 of 2393 (89.9%)
  • Laps Led: 55
  • Avg. Start: 9.0
  • Avg. Finish: 15.4

Rhodes’ Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 20 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2016
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 8
  • Laps Completed: 2902
  • Laps Led: 55
  • First start: Martinsville, 2014 (8th)
  • Best finish: 2nd (Gateway, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 8.9
  • Avg. Finish: 14.6

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time: 1:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio & SiriusXM Channel 90

Track: 1.028-mile oval

Distance: 175 laps/185.15 miles

 

About Carolina Nut Co.:

For more than 60 years The Carolina Nut Co. has used unique handcrafted family recipes to create gourmet nut flavors for every nut lover. Located in Henderson, N.C., The Carolina Nut Co. is a family-owned company that is spreading its delicious nut creations throughout the nation. To learn more, visit www.carolinanut.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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