Ben Rhodes – NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Driver:
Ben Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) Champion, Rookie of the Year and Most Popular driver pilots the No. 99 Ford F-150. While working toward the series championship title. In his third season in 2018, Rhodes claimed his career second Gander Trucks win (Kentucky Speedway), three poles, eight top-five, and 13 top-10 finishes, finishing an 8th in the championship point standings.
The Louisville, Kentucky, native began his career in go karts at the age of seven, winning races and championships on both dirt and asphalt before moving up to Bandoleros in 2008. After earning his state and Midwest titles in 2009, the young racer quickly adapted to the bigger and faster Legends Cars in 2010. The next year, Rhodes tallied more championships to underscore his season’s 43 Legends Car victories, more than any other driver internationally. His success translated to Late Model Stock Cars with several starts in 2011 and a full season of racing in 2012 and 2013.
The NASCAR Next Alumni made his national series debut in 2014 in the Gander Trucks, earning one top-five and three top-10 finishes in four starts. Additionally, Rhodes amassed six poles, five wins, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in the NKNPSE en route to the 2014 championship.
After his championship year in the NKNPSE, Rhodes raced a part-time, 10-race schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series, earning his first NASCAR national series pole in just his seventh start at Road America in Elkart Lake, Wisconsin (August), and picked up a series-best seventh-place finish in his first series start at Iowa Speedway in Newton (May).
During his rookie season in Gander Trucks in 2016, Rhodes earned his series first 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Martinsville Speedway (April), finishing 14th in the series point standings on the strength of two top-five, and five top-10 finishes.
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Birthdate: February 21, 1997
First full-time season: 2016
First Start: Martinsville (2014)
Top-5 Finishes: 31
Top-10 Finishes: 57
Laps Completed: 15,711
Laps Led: 733