Turner Scott Motorsports PR –
RIDGEWAY, Va. (March 31, 2014) – In his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ( NCWTS ) debut, Ben Rhodes proved he had what it took to contend on the national level. Currently competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Turner Scott Motorsports ( TSM ), the 17-year-old was calm, cool and collected as he climbed aboard the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet and hit the 0.526-mile oval at Martinsville Speedway. Rhodes got his first taste of the NCWTS during the weekend’s two practice sessions, where he ranked 12th and third fastest among the field. The much-anticipated rain, however, forced qualifying to be canceled and Rhodes was placed in the 12th position for the start of the Kroger 250 per the NASCAR rulebook. The inclement weather also forced NASCAR to postpone the NCWTS race, making it a double-header race day on Sunday. As the green flag waved shortly after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Rhodes quickly got shuffled to the outside, which seemed to be an ongoing issue throughout the 250-mile race; but that didn’t stop him from consistently posting the fastest lap times on the track. The No. 32 TSM team opted for a different pit strategy, pitting just once throughout the first three cautions for tires, fuel and a slight adjustment to correct handling. By the fourth caution, however, Rhodes had four new sticker tires while most of the field had 30 or more laps on theirs. One-by-one, Rhodes was able to maneuver his way through traffic and before long, he had wheeled the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy to the top ten. During the two green/white/checkered attempts, Rhodes managed his truck like a pro and scored a well-deserved eighth-place finish as the checkered flag waved.
Highlights – Rhodes made his NCWTS debut during the Kroger 250, and will run four additional races in the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy for TSM.
Ben Rhodes on Racing at Martinsville Speedway:
|First Practice||Position: 12||Fastest Lap: 19.848 sec.||Laps: 105|
|Final Practice||Position: 3||Fastest Lap: 19.859 sec.||Laps: 48|
|Qualifying||Position: 12||-Field set by rulebook-|
|Race||Position: 8||Completed/Total: 256/256||Led: 0|
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For more information on Ben Rhodes, including media availability, contact Jason “Stix” Buckley of STIX FX Entertainment at (704) 519-5528 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and make sure to keep up to date on his racing career at www.benrhodes.com, like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benrhodesinc, and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/benrhodes as well as Instagram at www.instagram.com/benrhodes.
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