Ben Rhodes – 2016 Talladega Superspeedway Recap

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From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 XPO Logistics Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Fred’s 250 – Talladega Superspeedway

Race No. 19 of 23

 

 

Team Information:

Started: 25th

Finished: 24th

Laps: 59/94

Laps Led: 0

Status: Accident

2016 Driver Points: 13th

2016 Owner Points: 15th

 

Ben Rhodes Race Recap:

Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 41 XPO Logistics Toyota Tundra, made his track debut at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250. Starting 25th, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender utilized the draft, and pit strategy, to break into the top-15 by lap 30, and was scored inside the top-five by lap 50. Unfortunately, just past lap 60, as Rhodes was running third, the “Big One” collected the ThorSport Racing driver and 13 other trucks. Rhodes would be credited with a 24th-place finish behind race winner, Grant Enfinger.

 

Ben Rhodes XPO LogisticsBen Rhodes Quote:

Are you okay and what happened in the accident?

“I’m fine. We had a really fast XPO Logistics Tundra today, and I hate that it ended that way. I just felt a huge shove from the rear and I had no chance of controlling it, or where I was going to go. At the same time, I was trying to follow the 24 (Grant Enfinger) down to get a good side draft and I was hoping he was going to pull me with him, and maybe we could both get down there. This is the best run that we’ve had in a couple races now. This has just been a tough year. These incidents happen, but it seems like this has kind of been the story of our year, getting caught up in messes that may or may not be caused by us. We just have to regroup from here, and focus on Martinsville.”

 

News & Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Ben Rhodes was 11th, and seventh, respectively, in both sessions.
  • Making his track debut at Talladega Superspeedway, Rhodes started 25th, ran as high as second, and finished 24th, due to an accident on lap 59 of 94.
  • In 19 starts in 2016, Rhodes has led 55 laps en route to two top-five, and five top-10 finishes.
  • In 23 career NCWTS starts, Rhodes has one pole (Martinsville), and has led 55 laps en route to three top-five, and eight top-10 finishes.
  • Rhodes’ ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Abreu), 19th (Hayley), and 22nd (Crafton).
  • Up Next: The Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 29 at 1:30pm ET.

About XPO Logistics, Inc.

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company provides services for truckload brokerage and transportation, last mile logistics, engineered supply chain solutions, high-value-add warehousing and distribution, ground and air expedite, less-than-truckload transportation, intermodal, drayage, managed transportation and global forwarding. XPO serves more than 50,000 customers with a highly integrated network of over 87,000 employees and 1,440 locations in 33 countries. XPO’s corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France. For more information visit: www.xpo.com.

 

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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