Ben Rhodes – 2016 Texas Motor Speedway Preview – November

Ben Rhodes at Texas Motor Speedway

From ThorSport Racing PR:

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Texas Motor Speedway – Longhorn 350

Race No. 21 of 23

 

Team Information:

Crew Chief: Kevin Bellicourt

Manufacturer: Toyota

Engine: Triad Racing Technologies

2016 Driver Points: 13th

2016 Owner Points: 15th

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

“Texas Motor Speedway was certainly a challenge the last time we ran there, but I had a lot of fun learning the track. We had a decent run, but my crew chief and I are really looking to improve on that, and have a good day in our No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra. We both feel that we have a better understanding of what we need to work on during the day, to be good at night. We are also bringing a different truck, and a different setup to hopefully have some great speed.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Chatter…The No. 41 ThorSport Racing team will unload chassis No. 53 for Friday night’s Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). This is the same chassis Rhodes piloted at Atlanta Motor Speedway (6th), Kansas Speedway (18), Eldora Speedway (23rd), Michigan International Speedway (6th), and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (12th) earlier this season.
  • Texas Sized Stats…Rhodes, who will be making his 25th career NCWTS start on Friday night, will make his second career start at TMS in the Longhorn 350. In his debut earlier this season, the ThorSport Racing driver started 12th, ran as high as second, and finished 11th.
  • Intermediate Track Facts… In seven career NCWTS starts on an Intermediate-style track (1.5-miles in length), Rhodes has one top-10 (Atlanta), and three top-15 finishes (Texas, Kentucky, Vegas).
  • Rookie Stripe… Rhodes is currently fourth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after 20 of 23 races this season.
  • Race Rewind – Martinsville… Making his third career start at Martinsville Speedway in the NCWTS, Rhodes started 14th, ran as high as fourth, and finished 21st, due to a late-race pit stop for no oil pressure late in the 200-lap event.

Rhodes Texas NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 1
  • Poles: 0
  • Started: 12th
  • Finished: 11th
  • Laps Completed: 167 of 167 (100%)
  • Laps Led: 0

Rhodes 2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 20
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 2731 of 3008 (90.8%)
  • Laps Led: 55
  • Avg. Start: 9.8
  • Avg. Finish: 15.8

Rhodes Career NCWTS stats:

  • Starts: 24 since 2014
  • First full-time season: 2016
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 8
  • Laps Completed: 3482
  • Laps Led: 55
  • First start: Martinsville, 2014 (8th)
  • Best finish: 2nd (Gateway, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 9.6
  • Avg. Finish: 15.0

Race Information:

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016

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

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Distance: 147 laps/220.5-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 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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