June 25th, 2016

Rhodes to start from pole

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Roy Walter

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Rhodes to start from pole
Ben Rhodes was awarded the pole for Saturday night’s Truck race when rain canceled qualifying and NASCAR set the starting grid based on practice speeds / photo by Ronda Greer / cover photo from ThorSport Racing’s Facebook page

Ben Rhodes will start Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park from the pole after rain caused qualifying to be canceled.

The 2015 Holy Cross High School alum was awarded the No. 1 starting spot after a storm passed through the St. Louis area. The 32-truck field was set based on practice speeds and Rhodes’s No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra was the fastest in both sessions.

In the first practice session, Rhodes sped around the 1¼ -mile oval in 33.152 seconds (135.738 mph) and followed that with a 33.148-second lap (135.755 mph) in the second run.

Rhodes will start the 200-mile race from the inside of the front row next to Johnny Sauter.

FS1 asked Rhodes during the pre-race telecast if Gateway could be the place he grabs his first Truck Series victory.

“Man, I sure hope so,” he answered. “It’s been elusive in the past, especially in this truck. (I was) on the pole at Martinsville, really fast at Iowa last week and we brought it here again. So, second pole for this truck and no wins yet, but I feel confident about tonight.”

The 19-year-old Truck Series rookie also started on the pole at Martinsville Speedway on April 2. In that race, Rhodes was in sixth place with six laps to go when he was bumped by another driver and the contact led to a 16th–place finish.

 

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