Ben Rhodes (racing driver)

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Ben Rhodes
Nationality American
Born (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 18)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career
Debut season 2013
Starts 19
Wins 5
Poles 5
Previous series
2012 UARA-STARS
Championship titles
2011 F.A.S.T. Midwest Division Champion
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
4 races run over 1 year
2014 position 35th
Best finish 35th (2014)
First race 2014 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Last race 2014 Lucas Oil 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
Statistics current as of November 7, 2014.

Ben Rhodes (born February 21, 1997 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports. Rhodes won the 2014 K&N Pro Series East Championship with Turner Scott Motorsports.

Personal life[edit]

Ben Rhodes is the son of Lori Rhodes and Joe Rhodes; the latter is the president of Kentucky-based mechanical service contractor Alpha Energy Solutions which has sponsored Ben's racing efforts.[1]

Rhodes currently attends Holy Cross High School in Louisville, Kentucky, maintaining a 4.0 GPA despite missing classes due to his racing career.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Rhodes began his career in 2004 when he was seven years old, starting in Kart racing, winning several champion titles before moving to Bandoleros in 2008, and Legends cars in 2010, then moving up to late model stock cars beginning in 2011.[3][4]

After earning a several wins, in 2012 he signed with then-Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose to begin racing Late Model cars in the UARA-STARS Series under the Marcos Ambrose Motorsports banner.[2][5] After the 2012 season, Rhodes signed a deal with Turner Scott Motorsports to begin racing part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013.[6] Rhodes scored five top five finishes in seven starts.[2] In June of that year, Rhodes was named to the NASCAR Next roster, composed of up-and-coming drivers expected to become the next group of stars in NASCAR competition.[7]

Rhodes would move full-time in the K&N East Series for 2014, with former driver Mark McFarland as his crew chief.[2] In mid-March 2014, it was announced Rhodes would make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville in the Kroger 250 for TSM, and drive in three additional Truck series races that season.[8] Rhodes earned three top tens, including an 8th place finish in his debut, in four Truck Series races.[4] Rhodes would also make his ARCA Racing Series debut at his home track Kentucky Speedway, starting fifth but finishing 27th after a crash.[2] Rhodes would claim TSM's second consecutive K&N Pro Series East Championship through five wins, 11 top five finishes, and six poles. Rhodes would also tie a series record set by Ricky Craven in 1991 by winning four consecutive races (Iowa, Bowman Gray, Five Flags, Langley Speedway) between May and June.[2]

In December 2014, it was announced that Rhodes would move up to NASCAR's second-tier national series the Xfinity Series (formerly Busch and Nationwide) with JR Motorsports for 10 races, sharing the number 88 Chevrolet Camaro with Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne. Rhodes will make his debut with the team at Iowa Speedway in May.[4][9]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lintner, Jonathan (June 25, 2014). "Louisville driver Ben Rhodes chasing NASCAR dreams". The Courier-Journal. The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wolkin, Joseph (September 28, 2014). "Teenager, high school student, and NASCAR champion Ben Rhodes". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ben Rhodes Profile". Ben Rhodes official site. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b c Pennell, Jay (December 13, 2014). "Newest young gun? Ben Rhodes excited for JR Motorsports opportunity". foxsports.com. Fox Sports. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Marcos Ambrose Motorsports expands to two cars in 2012". Yardbarker. Fox Sports. February 14, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  6. ^ "Rhodes Joins Turner For Partial East Slate". National Speed Sport News. December 18, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  7. ^ Norman, Brad (June 7, 2013). "NASCAR Next a diverse, accomplished class". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Ben Rhodes to run partial Truck Series schedule". NASCAR. 
  9. ^ Staff Report (December 5, 2014). "NASCAR NEXT'S RHODES TO RUN XFINITY SERIES FOR JRM". nascar.com. NASCAR. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 

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