Ben Rhodes to make Truck Series debut at Martinsville
March 24, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Ben Rhodes will run five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in the 2014 season for Turner Scott Motorsports. The first start will come this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in this weekend's Kroger 250. It also marks Rhodes' first start in a NASCAR national series event.
Rhodes will drive the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Silverado at Martinsville. In addition to Martinsville, Rhodes will team with crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. for four additional races at Dover International Speedway (May 30), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 20), Martinsville (Oct. 25) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 7).
"I'm really thankful for this opportunity," Rhodes said in a team release. "I can't thank Harry Scott and Steve Turner enough for giving me the chance to gain valuable experience behind the wheel of one of the best trucks in the Truck Series."
Rhodes, 17, is competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Turner Scott Motorsports. In four starts this season, Rhodes has three pole awards and a win that came last week at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. That victory was Rhodes' first in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
"I'm really excited to start off at Martinsville since I've got short-track racing experience and plan to carry the momentum from my K&N win over to the No. 32 truck," Rhodes said.
Rhodes competed in seven races last year in the K&N Pro Series East for TSM and earned two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. He was also selected as a member of the 2013 NASCAR Next class.
"Ben is a very talented and deserving driver," TSM co-owner Harry Scott Jr. said in a release. "I've enjoyed watching him grow as a racer, as well as a young ambassador of the sport."