August 10th, 2018

Ben Rhodes eager to race at Michigan

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Ben Rhodes eager to race at Michigan
Ben Rhodes / file photo


Ben Rhodes will look to build his playoff resume this weekend when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits Michigan International Speedway for the Corrigan Oil 200. The Louisville native should have no worries about the strength of his Ford F-150 because he is taking the same truck he drive to victory at Kentucky Speedway last month.

"I feel really good about Michigan this weekend,” he says. “It's a teammate track, and I have a feeling that this year, (working with your teammates) will be even more critical because of the new motor. With that, you're going to see even more drafting like what you would see at races like Talladega on the straightaways, but it drives like a mile-and-a-half in the corners. It poses some unique challenges that we don't really have at other tracks. Because of that, your teammates are your biggest friends at this racetrack, and if you can get together with them, it can really help you have a solid run."

With his win at Kentucky, Rhodes has already secured a spot in the playoffs, which begin later this month. Therefore, the goal is to accumulate as many points as possible in the next two races to increase Rhodes’ chances of advancing once the playoffs begin.

Michigan is a two-mile D-shaped oval and one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR. It is also the home track for Ford. So for a driver like Rhodes, who races a Ford, there is undoubtedly an extra incentive to win.

"It would be really special,” he says. “I would really like to be the one that creates that unique moment for Ford at their home track. Everyone from Ford, and the team, will be at Michigan, and with that, it will create a really fun victory lane celebration. If I can't get myself there, getting my teammates there is also a priority."

In his last race at Pocono, Rhodes finished eleventh following a crash during practice. Rhodes had to use a backup truck in the race and was forced to start at the rear of the field.

Through 14 races, Rhodes has one win, two poles, five top 5s, and seven top 10s. He also ranks third in the series in total laps led and is fourth in the CWTS playoff standings.

Race coverage from Michigan begins at 1 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports 1.


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