July 27th, 2018

Ben Rhodes looks to tame the Tricky Triangle

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Ben Rhodes looks to tame the Tricky Triangle
Ben Rhodes / file photo

Ben Rhodes is happy to be back on pavement.

Following a 29th-place finish last week on the dirt track at Eldora, the Holy Cross alum is looking forward to tackling the two-mile Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon.

“We're going there to win, get stage wins and playoff points,” says Rhodes. “Our sole focus is building up as many playoff points as we can for the Playoffs once that comes around, and Pocono is a track we've had good success at in the past.”

Last year at Pocono, Rhodes not only won the pole, but he set a track record in the process. He finished second, which turned out to be the tiebreaker Rhodes needed to make the playoffs.

“I feel like ThorSport Racing has been giving me super-fast Ford F-150s, and I feel like going back to a familiar place like Pocono is not only going to give myself but also my team, a lot of confidence," he says.”

Last week at Eldora, Rhodes’ night started out strong when he won the pole and dominated the early portion of the race. Things went south when Rhodes hit the wall and knocked the toe out of his No. 41 truck. He was able to continue, but his Carolina Nut Company Ford was off the pace the rest of the night. Fortunately for Rhodes, he has already clinched a spot in the Camping World Truck Series playoffs by winning at Kentucky Speedway earlier this month. Through 13 races, Rhodes has one win, two poles, five top-five finishes and seven top-tens.

Pocono is one of the more unique tracks in NASCAR. Unlike most venues, Pocono only has three turns and is appropriately nicknamed the “Tricky Triangle.”

Race coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1.


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