Ben Rhodes: Kansas Is One Of My Favorite Tracks

Ben Rhodes and Spencer Davis

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37 Kind Days 250: Friday, May 11 | 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT | FOX Sports 1 / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90

Race 6 of 23: Kansas Speedway
Track Length: 1.5-mile Tri-Oval
Race Distance: 167 laps, 250.5 miles
Format: Three Stages (Stage 1: 40 laps, Stage 2: 40 laps, Final Stage: 87 laps, ending at Lap 167.)


Ford Fact – Kansas Speedway
Friday’s 37 Kind Days 250 is one of 15 different racing venues on the 2018, 23-race schedule, that Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane. In 17 races at Kansas Speedway, Ford Performance is credited with four wins; Jon Wood (2003), Carl Edwards (2004), Terry Cook (2006), and Erik Darnell (2007), however, Ford is still looking for their first NCWTS Keystone Light pole award at the 1.5-mile track.
ThorSport Racing at Kansas Speedway
ThorSport Racing has made 39 starts at Kansas Speedway with 15 different drivers (Ben Rhodes, Cameron Hayley, Cody Coughlin, Dakoda Armstrong, Grant Enfinger, Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter, Kerry Earnhardt, Lance Hooper, Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu, Shelby Howard, Todd Bodine, Tracy Hines, Willie Allen) since 2001. The Sandusky, Ohio-based team’s success includes 241 laps led en route to three wins; Matt Crafton (2013 and 2015), and Johnny Sauter (2010), 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
Team Info/Stats:
Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis
Driver Point Standings: 2nd
Owner Point Standings: 2nd
Spotter: Lloyd Garner
News and Notes:
  • This Week’s No. 41 Ford F-150… The No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford F-150 team will unload chassis No. 35 at Kansas Speedway this weekend. Last competing at Kentucky in 2017, seeing its first stage win of the season in the Bluegrass State, the truck also finished fifth at Texas Motor Speedway that year. Seeing two runner-up finishes with Cameron Hayley behind the wheel at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway in 2016, the truck has also graced Kansas Speedway’s Victory Lane, with Rhodes’ teammate Matt Crafton taking the checkered flag first in 2015. Overall, the truck chassis has accumulated one win, four top-five and five top-10 finishes.
  • Kansas by the Stats… This weekend’s 37 Kind Days 250 is Rhodes’s third appearance at Kansas, all in the NCWTS. In both previous appearances, Rhodes has led a total of 30 laps, almost finding his way to victory lane, if it weren’t for a late race incident costing an engine failure last season. Entering Kansas this weekend, Rhodes looks for redemption, and for Victory Lane.
  • Catch Rhodes in Kansas… Rhodes will join fellow ThorSport Racing teammate Myatt Snider for a Racing 101 Fan Q&A in the Midway at Kansas, Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m. CT, followed by the NCWTS Autograph Session from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. CT.
Chatting with Ben Rhodes…
“Kansas is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule just for the fact that it’s a 1.5-mile track that carries a lot of speed, but you can move from the bottom to the high-side. It makes for some great racing and some wild restarts. There’s a lot of drafting that takes place in the NCWTS there, and I feel like there will be even more drafting this year due to the new Ilmor NT1 motor. There have been a lot of changes that have taken place in the past year. Between the new NT1 motor, switching to Ford, new aerodynamic numbers, new chassis, a lot of stuff has happened since our race at Kansas last year. I’m hoping for the same strong performance we saw in 2017, but this year I want to finish it out. It was such a heartbreaker of a race, one I hope to not experience again, but I’m sure that will happen more than once in my career. I just hope I can be in a relatively s situation with a great Ford F-150, a great team behind me, and the chance to win the race.”

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