Ben Rhodes to Make Second ARCA Start in Kentucky

Ben Rhodes to Make Second ARCA Start in Kentucky

by September 8, 2014 0 comments

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Turner Scott Motorsports have announced today that they will supply a car for 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes for the ARCA Racing Series race at Kentucky Speedway in two weeks.

Rhodes, a native of Louisville, Kentucky – 61 miles outside of Sparta, Kentucky, (town Kentucky Speedway is located in) will attempt to make his second career start in the ARCA Racing Series and his first for Turner Scott Motorsports in the ZLOOP 150 on September 19th.

Rhodes will attempt to make the 100-lap race in the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet with his K&N crew chief, Mark McFarland, serving him from atop the pit box. The 17-year-old is hoping to put on a great show for his friends, family, and his fans in his home state and will look to challenge for his first ARCA win.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that I finally get to race at Kentucky Speedway,” Rhodes said. “I think racing at my home track for the first time is going to be quite the experience for me. I know a lot of my friends and family are going to be in attendance and it will be the first time I’ll be able to race on a 1.5-mile race track. Hopefully we can keep the car clean and have an opportunity to challenge for the win in the Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy.”

Rhodes’ start at his home track will be his first of any kind on a mile-and-a-half track in any series. Thus far this year, Rhodes has made three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with each start being on a short track due to a NASCAR rule stating that any driver under the age of 18 is unable to race on an oval track that is greater than one mile in length. This year’s K&N Pro Series East champion will turn 18 on February 21st – one day after the 2015 Camping World Truck Series’ first event of the year, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

It is likely that Rhodes’ debut on a mile-and-a-half track will be to prepare him for a potential increased schedule of speedway and superspeedway for next season.

This year’s K&N Pro Series East champion made his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports earlier this year at Madison International Speedway, where he finished 11th – two laps off of the lead.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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