Ben Rhodes
ThorSport Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rhodes is expected to return to the seat of this strong race team. Last year he nabbed seven Top-5 and 13 Top-10 finishes and wound up a respectable ninth-place in the final driver standings. While the campaign fell short of victories and championship aspirations, Rhodes did build on his last two seasons of truck series competition. The 22-year-old youngster is now approaching 100-career truck series starts, which makes him the most seasoned of the young drivers in this racing series. We expect to see Rhodes get back into victory lane in 2020, and modestly grow his Top-5 and Top-10 totals during the upcoming campaign. Rhodes still has a lot of growing to do and he could be the next big star in the making in this division of NASCAR. Read Past Outlooks
Runner-up Finish at Kentucky
Gander Outdoors Truck
July 11, 2020
Rhodes finished second in the rain-shortened Buckle Up Your Truck 225 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night.
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The ThorSport Racing veteran raced among the Top 10 most of the night at the Kentucky oval. Rhodes would push into the lead for 6 laps during the early parts of stage 2. He would battle with the leaders from that point on. A caution would set up a wild restart on lap 52 and Rhodes would battle for the lead, but fall to Sheldon Creed. He would race to a second-place finish to conclude stage 2, and that would end up being the final result due to storms moving into the area of the track. It was Rhodes' third Top-5 finish of the season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rhodes is expected to return to the seat of this strong race team. Last year he nabbed one victory, 13 Top-10 finishes, three pole positions and wound up a respectable eighth-place in the final driver standings. While the campaign fell short of championship aspirations, Rhodes did build well on his solid 2017 season of similar performance. Rhodes and crew chief, Eddie Troconis, have built some nice chemistry the last two seasons. This young driver will be just turning 22-years-old early into the upcoming season, so he's still very young and teachable. With 73 combined starts in this division of NASCAR to his credit, Rhodes is one of the more experienced young drivers in the series.
Rhodes made some real progress in 2017. He nabbed his first series victory at Las Vegas and went on to post 12 Top-10 finishes en route to a fifth-place points finish. It was a dramatic improvement over his 2016 campaign. Rhodes now looks to step up his game another notch and become a championship contender and challenge for race wins. ThorSport will give him the trucks and team to make that happen. This racing series is all about developing younger talent and this 20-year-old will take his next steps this season and turn into the next big name to watch in climbing the NASCAR ladder. Rhodes' talent is undeniable and it's certain that big things are ahead.
The Louisville, Kentucky native had by some measures a disappointing 2016 season. It was Rhodes' first full-season in the truck series and it didn't quite net the results anyone expected. The 19-year-old labored to just five Top 10's in 2016 and wound up a discouraging 14th in the final driver standings. Rhodes is expected back with this ThorSport Racing team this season. If so, he'll be once again paired with crew chief Kevin Bellicourt and a very solid set of corporate sponsors on the No. 41 Toyota Tundra. We've seen Rhodes impress in the K&N Pro Series East and for brief stretches in the truck series, now it's time to put it all together in 2017. The young driver enters a make-or-break year in terms of his career, but the good news is that he'll have the team and support to succeed greatly.
Rhodes will increase his NASCAR schedule this season as he takes over the No. 41 Toyota full-time in 2016. The 18-year-old driver only dabbled part-time in the Xfinity Series last year, and spent way too much time on the sidelines. That will all change with this great opportunity to race for one of the truck series’ top multi-truck teams. Rhodes is the 2014 K&N Pro Series East champion, and he completely dominated that circuit two seasons ago. He’ll turn 19-years-old just as this season is getting underway, so the room to grow and develop will be given ample opportunity. The No. 41 team is a new team for ThorSport and it will be headed up by Kevin Bellicourt, who himself will be a rookie crew chief at this level.
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Awarded pole at Charlotte
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 25, 2020
Rhodes will start in the pole position for Tuesday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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Third in Chevrolet Silverado 250
Gander Outdoors Truck
August 25, 2019
Rhodes finished third in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon.
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Third at Iowa
Gander Outdoors Truck
June 16, 2019
Rhodes finished third in the M&M's 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Opening Truck Practice
Gander Outdoors Truck
June 7, 2019
Rhodes was fastest in opening practice for the SpeedyCash.com 400 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Thursday. He turned a fast lap of 180.681 mph.
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Runner-up Finish at Kansas
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 11, 2019
Rhodes finished second in the Digital Ally 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway Friday night.
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