Ben Rhodes – 2017 Pocono Raceway Preview

Ben Rhodes

From ThorSport Racing PR –

 

Ben Rhodes, No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Pocono Raceway – Overton’s 150

Race No. 12 of 23

 

Team Stats:

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 9th

2017 Stage Points: 85

2017 Playoff Points: 1 (Kentucky)

 

Sounding Off – Ben Rhodes:

There are five races remaining before the start of the NCWTS Chase. You are currently in the 2017 Chase, based on points, but do you feel the pressure to win now more than ever, to firmly secure your spot in the Chase? Do you think you can secure your spot this weekend at Pocono? 

“There is always pressure win. A lot of bad things have happened this year to put us in a bad situation, but that doesn’t bother me. I know that we have fast Safelite Tundra’s, and soon we will be in victory lane. We were definitely fast at Pocono last year. The biggest key to this race will be track position, and survival. In the last three races, bad things have happened to take us out of the race. This weekend, we just need to have good track position, rack up some stage points, and be there at the end. That is a winning combination.”

 

News & Notes:

  • Chassis Information…The No. 27 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will utilize chassis No. 62 for Saturday’s Overton’s 150 at Pocono (PA) Raceway. This is the same chassis Ben Rhodes piloted earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (8th), and Atlanta Motor Speedway (4th).
  • Chase Status… Ben Rhodes has five races remaining on the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule to lock his No. 27 Safelite Tundra into NASCAR’s first Chase Round of 8, which kicks-off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23. With the top-8 drivers moving on, the ThorSport Racing driver is currently in, on points. Rhodes is currently seventh, one point ahead of eighth-place, Ryan Truex.
  • First Timers… Two former Pocono Raceway NCWTS winners have earned their first series wins at the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle; Elliott Sadler (2010), and Joey Coulter (2012). Rhodes, who will be making his second NCWTS start at Pocono on Saturday, is still looking for his first series win.
  • Take Me Back – Pocono, 2016… Making his track debut at Pocono Raceway, Rhodes started third, ran as high as second, and finished 11th.
  • Rally for the Ranch… On Thursday night, July 27, Rhodes will attend the 2017 Safelite AutoGlass Rally for the Ranch, honoring Tony Kanaan, and benefiting the Buckeye Ranch.
  • Rearview Mirror – Eldora… Making his second start at Eldora Speedway, Rhodes started seventh, and ran as high as fourth, but heavy damage, due to contact with the 02 machine at lap 40 of 150, relegated the ThorSport Racing driver to a 30th-place finish in the fifth annual event.
  • Catch Ben at Pocono… Rhodes, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session from 10:00-10:45 a.m. ET on Friday, July 28 in the Chalet Village (Behind turn 3) at Pocono Raceway.

Rhodes 2017 NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 11
  • Laps Completed: 1576 of 1808 (87.2%)
  • Laps Led: 121
  • Best Start: 5th (Charlotte & Kentucky)
  • Best Finish: 4th (Atlanta & Dover)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 3
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Average Start: 8.7
  • Average Finish: 14.1

Rhodes Career NCWTS Stats:

  • Starts: 38 since 2014
  • First Full-time Season: 2016
  • First Start: Martinsville-1, 2014 (8th)
  • Poles: 1 (Martinsville-1, 2016)
  • Top-5 Finishes: 6
  • Top-10 Finishes: 13
  • Laps Completed: 5489
  • Laps Led: 176
  • Best Finish: 2nd; Gateway (2016)
  • Avg. Start: 9.3
  • Avg. Finish: 14.9

Pocono Stages:

  • Stage 1 – 15 laps (concludes at lap 15)
  • Stage 2 – 15 laps (concludes at lap 30)
  • Stage 3 – 30 laps (concludes at lap 60)

Broadcast Schedule – Pocono:

Friday, July 28:

12:00 p.m. – NCWTS Practice (FOX Sports 1)

2:00 p.m. – NCWTS Final Practice (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, July 29:

10:00 a.m. – NCWTS Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)

1:00 p.m. – Overton’s 150 (FOX)

 

Race Information:

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX and MRN

Track: 2.5-mile tri-oval

Distance: 60 Laps, 150 miles

Social: @PoconoRaceway, #Overtons150

 

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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