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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Ben Rhodes
Johnny Sauter is motivated to win this weekend to put himself back into championship contention.
Brandon Jones will start Friday night’s race inside the top 10, which gives him an early advantage over the rest of the field.
While avoiding the chalk play in Kyle Busch may be a risk, Johnny Sauter checks in at a much more affordable rate, has produced five victories at Texas and finished third in this race last year.
Johnny Sauter should be one of the faster trucks in Saturday's race, he has the potential to win and likely will also add finish differential points if he can make it to the finish
With two top-fives from three Pocono starts, Brett Moffitt makes a logical top choice for C.J. Radune this week.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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
Rhodes will start in the pole position for Tuesday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Third in Chevrolet Silverado 250
Rhodes finished third in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon.
Third at Iowa
Rhodes finished third in the M&M's 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Leads Opening Truck Practice
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.
Runner-up Finish at Kansas
Rhodes finished second in the Digital Ally 250 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway Friday night.