Ben Rhodes – 2016 Canada Recap

CA4_7622Team Information:
Started: 10th
Finished: 30th
Laps: 6/66
Laps Led: 0
Status: Accident
2016 Driver Points: 12th
2016 Owner Points: 13th

Ben Rhodes Race Recap:

Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra, made his track debut in Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Starting from the rear of the 32-truck field, due to changing breaks following qualifying, Rhodes was involved in a lap 9 accident in Turn 8 that took him out of the race for the remainder of the 66-lap event. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender was credited with a 30th-place finish behind race winner, John Hunter Nemechek.

Quote:

“We are just looking forward to Chicago at this point. This was a tough race for us, and a disappointing day. We had to start at the tail for brake problems, and we changed out the master cylinder. Our brakes started acting up a little bit during the race, and I’m not sure if we didn’t cure the underlying problem, but the transmission also stuck in gear. We’ll go back to the shop and diagnose what really happened, and get ready for Chicago.”

News & Notes:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Ben Rhodes was 15th, and 17th, respectively, in both sessions.
  • The ThorSport Racing driver qualified 10th for the 4th Annual event at CTMP, but following qualifying, the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions team changed the brakes, forcing the rookie driver to start in the rear of the field.
  • Making his track debut at CTMP in the NCWTS, Rhodes started from the rear of the 32-truck field, and was credited with a 30th-place finish when an accident on lap six took the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender out for the remainder of the event.
  • In 15 starts in 2016, Rhodes has led 55 laps en route to two top-five, and five top-10 finishes.
  • In 19 career NCWTS starts, Rhodes has one pole (Martinsville), and has led 55 laps en route to three top-five, and eight top-10 finishes.
  • Rhodes’ ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Crafton), ninth (Hayley), and 27th (Abreu).
  • Up Next: The American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, September 16, 2016.
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