August 27th, 2016

Rhodes takes sixth in Michigan

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


Rhodes takes sixth in Michigan
Holy Cross alum Ben Rhodes finished sixth in the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway

Louisville native and Holy Cross alum Ben Rhodes navigated through six cautions to finish in sixth place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon.

With the start of the race delayed nearly three hours due to heavy rain, drivers raced through a clean first 30 laps. Rhodes qualified his Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Tundra in P19 on the starting grid and worked his way into the top 10 in the first nine laps.

At the mandatory caution at lap 30, Rhodes was in eighth place. When the caution flag came out at lap 45, Rhodes and his team chose not to pit and that placed at the front of the pack on the restart. It was a bold move, but it put him in the lead.

Just 10 laps later another caution flag, the third of seven cautions during the 100-lap race, found Rhodes re-starting in 3. Just ahead of him in P1 was his teammate Matt Crafton. Rhodes pushed Crafton into the lead and then dropped back to P9.

With the re-start on lap 91, Rhodes moved up from P9 into a three-way battle for fifth place with ThorSport Racing teammates Crafton and Cameron Haley. The three battled for top order in those three spots to the very end with Haley edging out Rhodes for fifth place. Rhodes took sixth and Crafton finished seventh.

Rhodes led the race for four laps and picked up 28 driver points for his sixth place finish.

Next up for Rhodes is the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday, Sept. 4. 

 

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