Fourth-Place Iowa Run Big for Ben Rhodes, ThorSportby Kyle Pokrefky June 19, 2016 0 comments
NEWTON, Ia. — A fire at their shop in Sandusky, Ohio earlier in the week left ThorSport Racing in a potentially vulnerable position entering Saturday night’s Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway.
With their inventory of trucks low and with countless hours spent toiling in the sun as repairs began to get underway at their home base, ThorSport’s arsenal of four full-time trucks were each seeking big results out of Saturday night’s 200-lap race.
Respond with big results ThorSport did as second-year driver Cameron Hayley came home with a third-place finish while rookie Ben Rhodes brought his No. 41 Toyota home in the fourth position.
For Rhodes, the result was particularly big for the 19-year-old as his top-five result reversed a slump of five straight finishes outside of the top-10.
“I’m really proud of all of these Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota guys tonight,” Rhodes said on pit road post-race. “They’ve worked their butts off since the fire this week at ThorSport.
“We only have two trucks, so it’s really hard to race for a win with that in the back of your mind that you have to save this truck for Gateway. We had a hot rod tonight, just unfortunate we couldn’t bring home the trophy.”
With his season-best result of fourth, Rhodes jumped up to 13th in the drivers standings and currently sits 19 points out of a potential Chase berth.
The Louisville, Ky. believes that there is the possibility he can race his way in on points, but he feels confident that he will be able to secure a win before the Chase cutoff.
“It was a good championship points day because there’s a couple of trucks that have a couple of wins now, so I think you can get in on points, but until then, we’re just going to keep racing as hard as we can,” Rhodes said. “If we can get in on points, that’s fine, but I have a feeling we’re going to get a win beforehand.”
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