July 7th, 2017

Rhodes night ends early in Kentucky

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Rhodes night ends early in Kentucky
file photo of Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes’ homecoming took a turn for the worse Thursday night. The Louisville native’s race ended early due to a multi-car crash on lap 41 of the 150-lap event.

“Just unfortunate we couldn’t come out a little bit better for a Safelite team,” Rhodes said during the Fox Sports 1 broadcast. “We had a lot of people here tonight to watch the race. I’m sorry I let them down. Just a big mistake on my part. I miscalculated it.”

Following a restart on lap 41, Rhodes attempted to make a three-wide pass down the backstretch. Entering turn three, however, Rhodes lost control of his truck and hit the outside retaining wall with the rear end. He was then hit from behind by Thorsport teammate Grant Enfinger. Rhodes was not injured in the accident, but his Toyota Tundra was damaged beyond repair.

“I was underneath the (4 truck) trying to make a move. And then I saw him start to come down on me and I started to back it out and as we were going down to the groove we just all ran out of room,” said Rhodes.

“I was trying to give everybody as much room as I could. I know on the restarts everybody is going as hard as they can. They were four wide in front of me. I was trying to do what I could with what I had.”

On the positive side, Rhodes claimed his first stage win of the season. By virtue of winning stage one, Rhodes earned ten additional regular season points and one playoff point.

The series returns to action July 19 on the dirt at Eldora Speedway.  


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