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North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Race Results

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 26th, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ben Rhodes

99 |

19

Running

134

37

44

5

2

Corey Heim

11 |

3

Running

134

49

54

1

3

Dean Thompson

5 |

7

Running

134

0

50

0

4

Carson Hocevar

42 |

12

Running

134

43

52

1

5

Grant Enfinger

23 |

11

Running

134

0

32

0

6

Christian Eckes

19 |

6

Running

134

0

32

0

7

Ty Majeski

98 |

2

Running

134

0

35

0

8

Matt DiBenedetto

25 |

20

Running

134

0

29

0

9

Nicholas Sanchez

2 |

34

Running

134

0

30

0

10

Taylor Gray

17 |

17

Running

134

0

33

0

11

Rajah Caruth

24 |

4

Running

134

0

33

0

12

Matt Crafton

88 |

24

Running

134

0

25

0

13

Bayley Currey

41 |

8

Running

134

0

24

0

14

David Gilliland

1 |

9

Running

134

0

28

0

15

Jake Garcia

35 |

15

Running

134

0

22

0

16

Chase Purdy

4 |

13

Running

134

2

21

0

17

Lawless Alan

45 |

16

Running

134

0

20

0

18

Jack Wood

51 |

10

Running

134

0

19

0

19

Daniel Dye

43 |

18

Running

134

0

18

0

20

Colby Howard

9 |

22

Running

134

0

17

0

21

Bret Holmes

32 |

26

Running

134

0

16

0

22

Stewart Friesen

52 |

5

Running

134

0

24

0

23

Zane Smith

38 |

14

Running

134

0

27

0

24

Tyler Hill

56 |

29

Running

134

0

13

0

25

Mason Maggio

22 |

31

Running

134

0

12

0

26

Ryan Vargas

30 |

36

Running

134

0

11

0

27

Tanner Gray

15 |

1

Running

133

3

14

0

28

Tyler Ankrum

16 |

35

Running

132

0

9

0

29

Josh Reaume

33 |

27

Running

131

0

8

0

30

Matt Mills

20 |

28

Running

131

0

7

0

31

Spencer Boyd

12 |

25

Running

131

0

6

0

32

Kris Wright

02 |

23

Running

130

0

5

0

33

Hailie Deegan

13 |

21

Running

128

0

4

0

34

Justin S Carroll

90 |

32

Running

122

0

3

0

35

Armani Williams

46 |

30

Accident

65

0

2

0

36

Keith McGee

34 |

33

Fuel Pump

20

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Ben Rhodes

    POS1

    LEADER

    Ben Rhodes

    Driver badge number 99 |

  • POS 2 | 2.398

    Corey Heim

    POS2

    2.398

    Corey Heim

    Driver badge number 11 |

  • POS 3 | 2.582

    Dean Thompson

    POS3

    2.582

    Dean Thompson

    Driver badge number 5 |

Ben Rhodes wins Truck Series race at Charlotte, earns $50,000 bonus

CONCORD, N.C. — Grabbing the lead from Carson Hocevar after a restart on Lap 111 of 134, Ben Rhodes pulled away to win Friday night‘s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rhodes, the ninth different winner in 11 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races this season, also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the first of three events in the Triple Truck Challenge, a bonus program that could mean $500,000 for a driver who can sweep all three.

MORE: Official results | Triple Truck Challenge details

“I didn‘t think we were that good in practice,” said Rhodes, who beat runner-up Corey Heim to the checkered flag by 2.398 seconds, as Heim, third-place Dean Thompson and Carson Hocevar battled for the second spot over the last 24 laps.

“I didn‘t qualify the best, and here it came to life at night… Oh, man, I had so much fun. This is so much fun. Charlotte is a track that we come to — ThorSport Racing, we‘re based in Sandusky, Ohio — we come to the North Carolina guys‘ house, and we like to win.”

The victory was Rhodes‘ first of the season, his first at Charlotte and the seventh of his career. In addition to the Triple Truck Challenge bonus, Rhodes is locked into the Craftsman Truck Series Playoffs.

“The whole season is so hard to put together,” Rhodes said. “It‘s unbelievably hard, and it‘s only gotten more difficult over the years…. A championship being locked in, I‘ll take that. The last three races have been so unbelievably hard on my team. We‘ve been wrecked in the last three and haven‘t had very good showings because of it.

“So I‘ll take the points — thank you.”

Hocevar held the lead for the Lap 111 restart but was trapped in the middle of a three-wide situation and dropped to sixth in the running order. Heim took second and Thompson third, while Hocevar rallied and swapped the third position with Thompson before finishing fourth.

“Me and the 42 (Hocevar) and the 5 (Thompson) were probably the best trucks,” said Heim, who led a race-high 49 laps and held off Hocevar to win the first stage. “But the 99 (Rhodes) just came along really strong, and once we got to second on the restart where the 42 got put in the middle there, I really thought we had a shot at it.

“But it just proves that clean air is king here, but I feel like if I did a better job of getting by as soon as possible rather than waiting on a run, we might have had a better opportunity.”

PHOTOS: Top scenes from Charlotte Motor Speedway

Notes: Thompson‘s third-place finish was a career-best… Hocevar led 43 laps and won the seconds stage by 5.746 seconds over Heim… Rhodes, the 2021 series champion, led 37 laps — 25 in the final run to the finish… The final two Triple Truck Challenge races are scheduled for World Wide Technology Raceway on June 3 and Nashville Superspeedway on June 23.

Note: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage is complete with no issues. The Nos. 11, 42 and 98 trucks will be taken to the NASCAR R&D Center for teardown and engine dyno.