Ben Rhodes
ThorSport Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rhodes continued to inch the bar higher in 2020 with career-best marks on several fronts. He picked up his third-career victory with a big win at Darlington, and he posted nine Top-5 and 14 Top-10 finishes on the way to a seventh-place points finish. The performance was good enough to earn another season at the wheel of ThorSport Racing's No. 99 Toyota. Rhodes has been pushing to make NASCAR's championship playoff round for the last few seasons, but coming up just a bit short. Is 2021 the season where he finally breaks through to race for a championship at Phoenix? Time will tell, but it certainly is incumbent on Rhodes to join the multi-win club in the upcoming season. Until he can produce multiple wins across a season, his chances of winning his first championship are slim. Read Past Outlooks
Driving No. 77 Spire car at Sonoma
Gander Outdoors Truck
June 1, 2021
Rhodes will pilot the No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, Brett Winningham of Speedway Digest reports.
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This will be Rhodes' Cup debut as he fills in for Justin Haley, who will be in Mid-Ohio driving his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro this weekend. Normal crew chief for the No. 77 ride, Kevin Bellicourt, was suspended due to two loose lug nuts at the end of the race at Charlotte, so Peter Sospenzo will take over as Rhodes' crew chief at Sonoma. Rhodes is in the mix of his best season in the Truck Series for Thor Sport Racing, with two wins, five top-five's and nine top-10's. One of those wins was at the Daytona Road Course earlier this season.
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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.
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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Third in NC Education Lottery 200
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 28, 2021
Rhodes finished third in the NC Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday night.
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Runner-up Finish at Darlington
Gander Outdoors Truck
May 8, 2021
Rhodes finished second in the LiftKits4Less.com 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway Friday night.
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Truck Pole at Richmond
Gander Outdoors Truck
April 14, 2021
Rhodes will start from the pole for the Toyota Care 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Richmond Raceway Saturday afternoon.
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Runner-up Finish at Bristol
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 29, 2021
Rhodes finished second in the Pinty's Dirt Truck Race Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.
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Fast Final Practice
Gander Outdoors Truck
March 26, 2021
Rhodes was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Pinty's Truck Race on Dirt Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 86.944 mph.
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