August 17th, 2018

Ben Rhodes finishes seventh at Bristol

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Ben Rhodes finishes seventh at Bristol
Ben Rhodes / file photo

Ben Rhodes accomplished one of his two goals Thursday night at Bristol. The Louisville native did not win the race, but he did bring his truck home in one piece.

The latter was especially important to Rhodes and his team with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs set to begin next weekend. As for Thursday’s race, Rhodes piloted the No. 41 FEI World Equestrian Games Ford to a seventh-place finish, his ninth top-10 of the season.

Rhodes qualified on the outside of the front row, just missing out on his third pole of the year. When the green flag dropped, Rhodes lost a couple of spots early on but managed to finish fifth in Stage 1.

Following a pit stop for four tires and fuel, Rhodes was running seventh when racing resumed on Lap 67 of 200, which is where he ran for most of the night. It was not a flashy performance, but Rhodes kept his truck out of trouble, and the team can now turn its attention toward the playoffs.

Rhodes is one of eight drivers vying for the CWTS championship. The playoffs are broken up into three rounds. For the first round, the top six drivers in the points standings after three races advance to the second round. Then after three more races, the top four in points move on to the championship finale at Homestead. The driver with the highest finish at Homestead among those four wins the championship.

Rhodes enters the playoffs fourth in the points standings. In 16 races in 2018, Rhodes has one win, two poles, five top 5s, and four stage wins. The playoffs begin north of the border next Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the only road course on the CWTS schedule. Race coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.


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