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Race 20 of 23: Martinsville Speedway 

Track Length / Type: 0.526-mile oval short track

Race Distance: 200 laps I 105.2 miles

Race Format: Three Stages | Stage 1: 50 laps (ending at Lap 50), Stage 2: 50 laps (ending at Lap 100), Final Stage: 100 laps (scheduled to end at Lap 200)


ThorSport Racing at Martinsville Speedway

ThorSport Racing has made 81 starts at the 0.526-mile short track with 17 different drivers since 1998:

  • Wins: 4
  • Poles: 4
  • Top-five finishes: 16
  • Top-10 finishes: 31
  • Laps Led: 864

Team Notes:

  • Stopover in the Sunset State… Not only did Ben Rhodes get a pre-race preview of ISM Raceway’s recent redesign, he spent the day back in a high school classroom with students at Trevor Browne High School and the DRAGG program (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti). DRAGG Phoenix’s mission is to “provide an alternative to gangs and graffiti through a positive learning opportunity that teaches youth responsibility and respect for others in the unique environment of the automotive industry, while gaining hands on exposure to knowledge of automotive careers.” Originating in Oxnard, California, the program was recently introduced to the Phoenix, Arizona-area after starting with an automotive shop, an idea and a Ford Mustang. After spending time in the classroom with the students and checking out their vehicles built for the upcoming 2018 SEMA Show, it was Rhodes’s turn to take the students to his turf, spending the afternoon at ISM Raceway, many of the students’ first time exposed to NASCAR.

Ford Facts: Martinsville Speedway

Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane 98 times since 1995 in the NCWTS, including five wins at the “Paperclip”:

  • 1995: Joe Ruttman
  • 2003: Jon Wood
  • 2004: Rick Crawford
  • 2005: Ricky Craven
  • 2015: Joey Logano


Team Info/Stats:

Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 6th

Playoff Position: 7th

Spotter: Lloyd Garner

Truck: No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150


Chatting with Ben Rhodes…


“Coming to the Texas Roadhouse 200 this weekend, we’re looking to finish what we started in the spring race at Martinsville. We came so close and led many laps, but we didn’t bring the trophy home. That’s a big disappointment for our team, and we’ve looked back at this the entire season with anticipation and excitement for the fall race. We know that we have a Ford F-150 that’s plenty capable to get there, and our whole Carolina Nut Co. team is determined to get ourselves a win and potentially an owner’s championship for Duke and Rhonda Thorson. I feel like this would be a good boost of confidence for our team, and really set a good tone for the remainder of the season. Even though there are only four races left, a lot can happen, and we’re hoping to make Martinsville spectacular for everyone that’s there.”



Chassis No. 61 


Starts: 7

Last raced: Gateway, 2018

Poles: 1 (Martinsville, 2018)

Wins: 0

Laps led: 151

Top-five finishes: 1

Top-10 finishes: 2

Highest start: 1st

(Rhodes – Martinsville,


Highest finish: 4th

(C. Hayley – Phoenix,


Rhodes at Martinsville (NCWTS)


Starts: 6

Wins: 0

Poles: 2 (2016, 2018)

Laps led: 176

Top-five finishes: 0

Top-10 finishes: 2

Highest start: 1st (2016)

Highest finish: 8th (2014)

Last race finish: 12th (2018)

Average start: 8.0

Average finish: 14.0

Laps completed: 1,410

Race Recap: Talladega


Started: 14th

Stage 1: 9th

Stage 2:  4th

Finished: 16th

Laps: 93 / 94

Laps Led: 0

Status: Running



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