On Track with Ben Rhodes

“On Track with Ben Rhodes” was a 30-minute weekly television show from 2014 – 2016 that featured Louisville, Kentucky, native Ben Rhodes and WHAS-TV Sports Anchor Kent Spencer as they interviewed local Louisville community and business leaders, highlighted Rhodes’ home town, as well as documented his racing career. The show aired on WBKI-34 on weekends and online. Below is an archive of the shows.

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2/15/14In the show debut, Ben and Kent discuss who Ben Rhodes is, his racing background and what he is doing now as well as his fitness and school routines.watch now
2/22/14Ben and Kent discuss more on the start of the racing season as well as teamwork at and away from the track as well as an interview with Coach Scotty Davenport about sports and athletes. Also, Ben gives his opinion on the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points system and he tours the WHAS TV studios.watch now
3/1/14Ben and Kent discuss the first-two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races of the season that occurred in February, talk football and sports with Brian Brohm (former U of L quarterback), and chat about the Carl Casper Auto Show appearance.watch now
3/8/14Ben and Kent talk about Ben earning his first-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole position (Daytona), special guest Tim Weihe, President at Holy Cross High School, talks about Ben’s career and him being a student at the school, and Ben talks about his relationship with the Kentucky National Guard as well as his appearance at the Arvin Education Center with the guard. Ben also talks about his Walmart appearances in Louisville to help them launch their auto care centers.watch now
3/15/14Ben and Kent talk about Ben’s recent test at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC), preview his upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), how he got his nickname “Savage”, a chat with special guest Billy Reed (Hall of Fame Sports Journalist), and Ben takes everyone on a tour of his school, Holy Cross High School.watch now
3/22/14Ben and Kent talk about Ben’s great race day at Bristol Motor Speedway, interview four-time champion and Assumption – Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year Alexa Filley, Ben previews his K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway, and discusses what “forward drive” is and why it is important for racers inside their race cars.watch now
3/29/14Ben and Kent talk about Ben’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career victory, which occured the week before at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina, as well as his third pole position in a row. The guys also talk to Chip Heuser, founder of Vault in the Ville, and preview Ben’s first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.watch now
4/5/14Ben and Kent review Ben’s eighth-place finish in the “Kroger 250″ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, which was Ben’s first start in the series. They also talk with special guest championship-winning player Keisten Jones from Bellarmine Basketball, and wrap up the show talking about Ben’s experience in his first Truck race as well as the Ben Rhodes Shop where you can get all sorts of BR swag!watch now
4/12/14Ben’s guest this week is University of Louisville volleyball star Katie George, a Louisville native who competed for powerful Assumption High School in Louisville. Guest host Paul Najjar talks with Ben about how he spent spring break, and we learn about Ben’s part-time pursuit – rebuilding a Jeep with his brother. There’s a recap of Ben’s first Truck race at Martinsville, and we look ahead to his next K&N Pro Series outing at Richmond.watch now
4/19/14Kent and Ben talk about the NASCAR Next program as well as showing some highlights from the Darlington Hauler Parade, preview Ben's next race at Richmond International Raceway, special guest and radio personality Tony Vanetti stops by to chat about the Louisville community, and Ben visits Bob Hook Chevrolet.watch now
4/26/14On this episode, Ben and Kent preview Ben's race at Richmond International Raceway (VA), the fifth event of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. Ben also talks about being selected in the 2014 - 2015 NASCAR Next class of drivers, chats with special guest, freshman Jessica Collins that founded the "A Place to Sleep" charity, and preview the upcoming Great Bed Race as part of the Kentucky Derby Festivities as well as the parade.watch now
5/3/14This week Ben discusses his second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia, extending his points lead in the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, the On Track camera crew jumps on board with Ben and the Alpha Energy Solutions team during their winning run in the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races, Ben discusses being in the Pegasus Parade as well as the Kentucky Derby event coming up.watch now
5/10/14DeSales High School multi-sport (soccer, basketball) athlete Mike Shurfranz visits the set to discuss his athletic career at the South End school. Ben discusses his testing experience during a week off from racing, and looks ahead to the May 17 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa.watch now
5/17/14Ben welcomes Bob Hook Jr. to the set to discuss the success of the Hook family’s Chevrolet dealership. He also discusses the challenges associated with racing at the “Madhouse” in Winston-Salem and his trip to Iowa. Kent Spencer asks Ben about the public relations aspects of being a NASCAR driver. And Ben talks about keeping up with his studies at Holy Cross High School while traveling for racing.watch now
5/24/14Ben talks about his big NASCAR K&N Pro Series win at Iowa Speedway, his second in the series. Kent Spencer asks Ben about participating in the NASCAR Next program. Mayor Greg Fischer calls in to the show to discuss his experience with racing. Ben asks the Mayor about his athletic career in tennis at Trinity High School. Fischer also discusses how sports is a key part of Louisville’s reputation as a great city for hosting events. Finally, Ben talks about finishing up his junior year at Holy Cross High School. watch now
5/31/14In the final episode before summer break, Ben discusses challenges of racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, as well as its special place in racing history. The Bob Hook Chevrolet guest of the week is North Carolina State cross country star Jacob Thompson, who was a classmate of Ben’s at Holy Cross High School, and persuaded Ben to join the Holy Cross team as a freshman. Also, the crew visits Louisville Slugger Field, where Ben throws out the first pitch at a Louisville Bats game. Finally, Ben discusses his plans for the summer in North Carolina.watch now
8/23/14In the first episode back after summer break, host Kent Spencer asks Ben Rhodes about the time spent at his team’s garage in North Carolina. Ben talks about his successful series or races, including four consecutive wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Mark Simendinger, general manager of Kentucky Speedway, stops in as the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week, and discusses the upcoming races at his facility. Ben also talks about his upcoming debut in the ARCA series. watch now
8/30/14Ben Rhodes and host Kent Spencer discuss Ben’s 9th-place finish in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol. The Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week is Courier-Journal reporter Jonathan Lintner, who’s been reporting on Ben’s career for the state’s most important newspaper. Lintner discusses his first interview with Ben and the media skills expected from drivers. Ben and Kent talk about the points race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.watch now
9/6/14Ben Rhodes and host Kent Spencer talk about his upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Ben explains the advantages gained in a testing session. Ben stops by City Hall to talk with Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, as the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week. Ben asks the Mayor about the importance of sports in the city and the upcoming Labor Day Hike and Bike event. Ben and Kent go over the NASCAR K&N Pro Series standings.watch now
9/13/14Ben Rhodes and host Kent Spencer celebrate clinching the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and discuss the journey to the title. The Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week is Steve Farmer, vice president of corporate development at the University of Northwestern Ohio. UNOH offers several motorsports-related degree options, and Farmer talks to Ben about UNOH’s motorsports curriculum and NASCAR sponsorships. Ben reveals that he will be racing in the ARCA ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway, and that Alpha Energy Solutions is providing 1,000 tickets to one of his sponsors, Kentucky National Guard.watch now
9/20/14Host Kent Spencer talks with Ben Rhodes about the upcoming ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway, and all the tickets being provided to his fans through his sponsor Alpha Energy Solutions. Raymond Spalding, a Trinity High School senior basketball star, is the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week. Spalding, a University of Louisville signee, discusses the challenges of preparing for a future in sports while balancing the demands of academics. Crew chief Mark McFarland is interviewed about his relationship with Ben.
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9/27/14Just back from racing at Kentucky Speedway in an ARCA race, Ben Rhodes discusses his experience at his hometown track with host Kent Spencer. Jim Spradlin, president and CEO of Park Community Credit Union and one of Ben’s sponsors, is the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week. He discusses how sponsoring Ben’s racing career has benefitted his company, including plenty of personal appearances that Ben has made. Kent asks Ben about looking ahead to the next K&N Pro Series race at Dover.watch now
10/4/14Ben Rhodes celebrates winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship with host Kent Spencer. He talks about the title-clinching race at Dover. Ben welcomes Scott Martin, Parks Director for the Parklands of Floyds Fork, who is a big NASCAR fan. Ben and Scott talk about the massive Louisville park’s development, which is the biggest project of its type in the U.S. Ben also discusses the end of the K&N Series season and focusing on schoolwork. watch now
10/11/14In this episode, Ben Rhodes talks about going out in Go-Karts during his time off from racing, and a Pumpkin Chunking event he attended on Purdue’s New Albany campus. Dean Wells, a 1988 Holy Cross High School graduate who went on to play football at Kentucky and in the NFL, is the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week. Ben and Dean discuss their ties to North Carolina, where Wells spent three years playing for the Carolina Panthers. Ben also talks about his favorite tracks. watch now
10/18/14Ben Rhodes and host Kent Spencer talk about Ben’s crew and how the team comes together, as well as the Most Popular Driver voting process at VoteBenRhodes.com. The Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week is Sydney Flynn, a senior lacrosse star at Louisville’s Sacred Heart Academy. Flynn, who has signed to play at Notre Dame next year, talks with Ben about academics. Ben talks about an upcoming appearance at a high school on behalf of one of this sponsors, the Kentucky National Guard.watch now
10/25/14Ben Rhodes and host Kent Spencer talk about the Sprint Cup race at Talladega and the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup format. The Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week is Bill Bell, executive officer for the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. He talks with Ben about the series of public service announcements Ben recorded emphasizing Safe Driving and the importance of reducing distractions behind the wheel. Ben also discusses his appearance at Street Fest before a University of Louisville football game.watch now
11/1/14Ben Rhodes talks with host Kent Spencer about the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. In segment 2, show producer Paul Najjar is the Bob Hook Chevrolet Guest of the Week to discuss Ben’s development in media during the last 3 ½ years. Ben talks about his brief layoff from racing and looks ahead to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 7. watch now
11/15/14Ben Rhodes discusses his trip to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, where his car was featured in a NASCAR press conference. Host Kent Spencer asks Ben about his fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Phoenix. The Bob Hook Guest of the Week is local community builder and developer Gill Holland, who explains his motivation for developing the city’s NuLu neighborhood by breathing new life into old buildings. Ben and Kent encourage fans to vote in the Most Popular Driver Contest at VoteBenRhodes.com.watch now
11/22/14In this week's episode of On Track with Ben Rhodes, host Kent Spencer and Ben thank fans for voting him the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR's online contest. Holy Cross High School athletic director Jody Thornberry is the Bob Hook Guest of the Week. Ben fields some questions from fans sent in through his Twitter account.
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11/28/14Special championship edition of the "On Track with Ben Rhodes" which was filmed at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.watch now

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