From JR Motorsports PR –
DRIVER: Ben Rhodes / No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet
RACE: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)
TRACK: Kentucky Speedway
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
Quotes | Ben Rhodes
“I am very eager to race at my home track, Kentucky Speedway. It’s an awesome facility on its own, but when the stands are filled with friendly faces, that makes the atmosphere and overall experience even better. It would be great to get a win in the No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy in front of my hometown crowd, but I would be happy with a top-10 finish. For me, this 10-race season I’m running is all about gaining experience.”
Notes | No. 88 Team
RHODES’ OLD KENTUCKY HOME: JRM rookie Ben Rhodes is poised to make his first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start at his home track of Kentucky Speedway this weekend. Rhodes, an 18-year-old Louisville native, still resides in the Bluegrass State. In addition to running an ARCA event (2014) at the 1.5-mile track, Rhodes has made several U.S. Legend Car starts on the frontstretch quarter-mile oval.
ROOKIE SEASON: In seven NXS starts this season, Rhodes has notched a pair of top-10 finishes in races at Iowa Speedway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
BACK-TO-BACK OVALS: Following the Kentucky Speedway event, Rhodes will drive the No. 88 Alpha Chevrolet next weekend at Dover International Speedway, marking the first time this season when the rookie will make consecutive oval starts in NXS competition. Rhodes did see action earlier this summer in back-to-back road races at Watkins Glen International and MidOhio.
MEET BEN: Rhodes will participate in two autograph sessions at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. Fans can see him at the Chevy Dealers display from 2-2:30 p.m. ET and the NASCAR NXS autograph session from 3-3:45 p.m. ET behind the frontstretch grandstands. Wristbands will be handed out to the first 150 people in line for the NXS session.
ALPHA HOMECOMING: It’s also a homecoming weekend for Rhodes’ primary sponsor, Alpha Energy Solutions, Inc. Based in Louisville, Ky., Alpha Energy is the regional leader in delivering top quality commercial and industrial mechanical service to the Midwest.
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