Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
Spotter: Lloyd Garner
- This Week’s No. 41 Ford F-150… The No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford F-150 team will unveil chassis No. 62, “Jasmine,” for Saturday’s NCWTS Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). “Jasmine” is the same chassis Rhodes piloted to a fourth-place finish at Atlanta, eighth at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a pole and second-place finish at Pocono Raceway, and sixth at Chicagoland Speedway, in 2017.
- Birthday Boy… Heading into this weekend’s race, Rhodes is not only one more year experienced in the NCWTS, he’s also one year older. Rhodes turns 21 today (Wednesday, Feb. 21), accomplishing quite a bit in his career that includes one win (Las Vegas), 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes, in addition to two pole awards and 258 laps led.
- Catch Rhodes at Daytona… Rhodes will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammates for the NCWTS autograph session in the Midway at AMS’ Kid Zone from 9-9:45 a.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 24.
Chatting with Ben Rhodes…
“What I’m looking forward to working on in Atlanta this weekend is redemption, in a way. I had a good finish last year, but it wasn’t the finish I thought we should have. Our truck, “Jasmine,” is fast, and I feel our truck is good enough for the win. At the same time, we have to be conscious of our program and what trucks we have in our pockets, back in Sandusky. Last year, things outside of my control didn’t go quite the way I had hoped, and I feel they played a big factor in our race. I’m looking to have a strong enough run that those factors don’t make a difference this weekend.”
Talk about the late-race push in Daytona from your teammate, Grant Enfinger. How did the plan develop?