Ben Rhodes – 2017 Canada Preview

Ben Rhodes

From ThorSport Racing PR –

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – NCWTS 250

Race No. 15 of 23

 

 

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 5th

Owner Point Standings: 5th

2017 Stage Wins: 1 (Kentucky)

2017 Stage Bonus Points: 124

2017 Playoff Points: 1

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

Out of all the ThorSport Racing drivers, you have the most starts on a road course. Is the road course race this weekend an event you’re looking forward to?

“I like Canada, but I wouldn’t classify myself as a road course ringer. I definitely do ok at the road courses, but I’m learning a lot more about where I need to be, and what I need to be doing. My last couple starts have been more off of feel, more so than a professional driver standpoint of knowing where we need to be to get our Tundra faster – just trying to learn. I feel like going back there this weekend, I have the fundamentals down, and now we can work on setup. Last year, I feel like we really missed the setup, we weren’t the fastest, and ultimately we had a transmission that took us out of contention. We know where to be this year, and hope to have some redemption.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Information…The No. 27 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will utilize chassis No. 46 for Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). This is the same chassis teammate Matt Crafton piloted at the 2.459-mile road course in 2015 and 2016, earning second and fourth-place finishes, respectfully, in each race.
  • Canada eh… The ThorSport Racing driver made his track debut at CTMP in 2016. Qualifying 10th, Rhodes was forced to start from the rear of the 32-truck field due to changing breaks following qualifying, and finished 30th, due to an early incident on lap 6 of 66.
  • Road Course Starts…In addition to Rhodes lone NCWTS start at CTMP (2016), the Safelite AutoGlass driver has three starts on a road course in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (2015). His success includes one pole (Road America), and one top-10 finish (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course). Rhodes also has two starts on a road course in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (2014). His success includes one top-five (Watkins Glen), and two top-10 finishes.
  • Playoff Status… Ben Rhodes has two races remaining on the 2017 NCWTS schedule to lock his No. 27 Safelite Tundra into NASCAR’s first round of the Playoffs, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the TSR driver is currently in, on points. Rhodes, who is currently fifth in the NCWTS driver standings, is seeded seventh in the Playoff standings.
  • Rearview Mirror – Bristol…Starting from the seventh position, Rhodes led the 32-truck field once, for one lap, finishing seventh in Stage 1, fourth in Stage 2, and fifth in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
  • Catch Ben at Canada… Rhodes, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session on Saturday, September 2 from 2:00-2:45 p.m. ET under the tent in Paddock E at CTMP.

Rhodes 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 14
  • Poles: 1 (Pocono)
  • Laps Completed: 1939 of 2171 (89.3%)
  • Laps Led: 122
  • Best Finish: 2nd (Pocono)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 5
  • Top-10 Finishes: 7

Rhodes Career NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 41 since 2014
  • First Full-time Season: 2016
  • First Start: Martinsville-1, 2014 (8th)
  • Poles: 2 (Martinsville-1, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 8
  • Top-10 Finishes: 15
  • Laps Completed: 5852
  • Laps Led: 177
  • Best Finish: 2nd; (Gateway, 2016 and Pocono, 2017)

Canada Stages:

Stage 1 – 20 laps (concludes at lap 20)

Stage 2 – 20 laps (concludes at lap 40)

Stage 3 – 24 laps (concludes at lap 64)

 

Broadcast Schedule – Canada:

Saturday, September 2:

  • 5:30 p.m. ET – NCWTS Qualifying

Sunday, September 3:

  • 2:00 p.m. ET – NCWTS Setup Show
  • 2:30 p.m. ET – NCWTS 250

Race Information:

Date: Sunday, Sept. 3

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Track: 2.459-mile road course

Distance: 64 laps/157.37 miles

 

About Safelite AutoGlass®:

Safelite AutoGlass® is the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services with more than 7,200 MobileGlassShops™ and company stores in all 50 states. Last year, nearly 6 million customers chose Safelite for its 24/7 national contact centers, advanced online scheduling, superior repair and replacement systems, and the industry’s only nationwide lifetime guarantee. Founded in 1947, the Columbus, Ohio-based company employs 13,000 people across the United States. For more information visit: www.Safelite.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 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.

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