Ben Rhodes – 2018 Talladega Preview

Oct 9, 2018

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No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Talladega Superspeedway – Fr8Auctions 250
Race No. 19 of 23

Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
Driver Point Standings: 7th
Owner Point Standings: 7th
Playoff Position: 7th
Spotter: Lloyd Garner

Chatting with Ben Rhodes…

“This is going to be a very challenging and tricky race at Talladega because our entire season is coming down to this one race – to know if we’re going to advance in the playoffs or if we’re going to be falling short. Unfortunately, luck plays a big part in this race, but you also have to be smart – team and driver. For us, we have to be cautiously aggressive. That means we have to be running in the top-five to top-10 the entire race, scoring as many stage points as possible. At the same time, survival is the biggest element here. Any of the drivers not locked in to the next round could fall out of the playoffs here, and it could possibly come down to who wrecks out first this weekend. We have to be careful, we have to play it safe, but we also have to be going for every point we can get.”

Chassis No. 65
Starts: 2
Last raced: Talladega, 2018
Poles: 0
Wins: 0
Laps led: 25
Top-five finishes: 0
Top-10 finishes: 2
Highest start: 8th (Rhodes – Daytona, 2017)
Highest finish: 12th (Rhodes – Daytona, 2017)

Rhodes at Talladega (NCWTS)
Starts: 2
Highest start: 10th (2017)
Highest finish: 23rd (2017)
Last race finish: 23rd (2017)
Laps led: 0
Average start: 17.5
Average finish: 23.5
Laps completed: 129

Race Recap: Las Vegas II
Started: 18th
Stage 1: 10th
Stage 2: 7th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 144 / 144
Laps Led: 4
Status: Running

News and Notes

Talladega Tough… Rhodes looks to run strong this weekend, working hard to earn himself a locked in position in the Round of 6 with a win. In five starts at restrictor plate tracks (Daytona Superspeedway, Talladega) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Rhodes has finished once in the top-five and three times in the top-10, leading 20 laps overall. With this weekend marking the cutoff for NCWTS Playoffs’ Round of 6, it’s vital Rhodes finds himself in victory lane Saturday.