ThorSport Racing Adds Ben Rhodes to Driver Rosterby Kyle Pokrefky December 15, 2015 0 comments
ThorSport Racing will receive some new racing personnel in 2016 as 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Ben Rhodes will join the team for the full season.
Rhodes moves to a full-time ride in the Camping World Truck Series after a 2015 partial schedule in the XFINITY Series with JR Motorsports. The move will mark Rhodes’s first season as a full-time driver in any of NASCAR’s national series.
Rhodes will pilot a No. 41 Toyota Tundra for the team with sponsorship coming from family-owned Alpha Energy Solutions.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to race full time with ThorSport Racing next season,” Rhodes said. “I was excited when I received the phone call. The team as a whole has won two out of the last three Truck Series championship titles, went to victory lane many times this year, and all three trucks were within the top six in points.
“I feel confident I am joining a team that will be able to produce top-notch Toyota Tundras for me to contend for poles, race wins, Rookie of the Year honors, and the championship.
“The 2015 season was a great way to get my feet wet in the upper levels of NASCAR. I gained a lot of knowledge on how things work, and I feel as though I’m ready for a full-time ride. That is why I’m looking forward to the 2016 season with ThorSport Racing.
“I will have a crew chief that I can work closely with week to week and a team that knows what driver will be in the seat every race. We can focus on being successful, starting at Daytona and ending at Homestead.”
Rhodes has four previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series – all coming with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2014.
The Louisville, Ky. native scored an average start of 8.5 and an average finish of 11.0 across those starts with a best finish of fifth coming in autumn’s Phoenix International Raceway race.
Expected to join Rhodes as a teammate next year will be two-time series champion Matt Crafton in the No. 88 Toyota. Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Toyota’s status is unknown.
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