Ben Rhodes – 2016 Pocono Raceway Preview

Ben Rhodes

From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Pocono Raceway – Pocono Mountains 150

Race No. 12 of 23

 

Team Information:

Crew Chief: Kevin Bellicourt

Manufacturer: Toyota

Engine: Triad Racing Technologies

2016 Driver Point Standings: 12th

2016 Owner Point Standings: 13th

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

 

How do you prepare for a place like Pocono, a track you’ve never raced on? It has three long straightaways, three different corners, a very unique triangle.

 

“Pocono reminds me of this go-kart track we used to run on called Beaver Run, in Pennsylvania. I had a blast there, and I actually won a race there. So, if it’s anything like the go-kart track they called ‘Little Pocono,’ then I think we’ll do really well. But man, all I can really do is talk to the experienced drivers and just try to watch as much film as possible. There’s really nothing I can do to prepare myself for a place like Pocono, other than just hop in my 41 Toyota Tundra for practice on Friday. I’m just looking forward to it. Any track that’s different like Pocono, and Eldora for that matter, it’s a real treat. I grew up racing the short tracks and we’ve been to a couple mile-and-a-half tracks now, but if I can experience something new, that’s a lot of fun.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter…The No. 41 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 36 for Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway. This is the same chassis Rhodes piloted earlier this season at Dover International Raceway (28th), and Kentucky Speedway (13th).
  • Tricky Triangle Debut… Although Rhodes will be making his 16th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Saturday at Pocono, the ThorSport Racing driver will be making his track debut at the “Tricky Triangle.”
  • Rookie Stripe… Rhodes is currently third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings behind leader, William Byron after 11 of 23 races this season.
  • Race Rewind – Eldora… Making his track debut at Eldora Speedway, Rhodes started fifth, ran as high as second, and finished 23rd, due to a radiator problem, in the 4th annual event at the “Big E.”

Rhodes’ 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 11
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 4
  • Laps Completed: 1732 of 1816 (95.4%)
  • Laps Led: 51
  • Avg. Start: 9.2
  • Avg. Finish: 13.2

Rhodes’ Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 15 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2016
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 7
  • Laps Completed: 2483
  • Laps Led: 51
  • First start: Martinsville (8th)
  • Best finish: 2nd (Gateway, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 9.0
  • Avg. Finish: 12.6

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, July 30, 3016

Time: 1:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1, and MRN Radio

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Distance: 60 laps/150 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 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

 

ThorSport Racing Media Contact:

Jessica O’Brien

Phone: 803-240-5807

Email: Jessica@EdgehillManagement.com

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