Ben Rhodes Biography
Ben Rhodes born Benjamin Rhodes is an American professional stock car racing driver. He was born on February 21st, 1997 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He now contends full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 99 Ford F-150 for ThorSport Racing. Rhodes won the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship with Turner Scott Motorsports.
Rhodes is the child of Lori and Joe Rhodes. His dad is the leader of Kentucky-based mechanical administration contractual worker Alpha Energy Solutions which has supported Ben’s hustling endeavors.
Rhodes moved on from Holy Cross High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 2015, complete with a 3.98 GPA in spite of missing classes because of his dashing vocation.
He missed the school’s graduation service on May 15 since he was in Iowa to get ready for his Xfinity Series debut the following day; the school’s leader headed out to the race to give Rhodes his confirmation during driver presentations.
Ben Rhodes Age
He was born on February 21st, 1997 in Louisville, Kentucky. He is 22 years old as of 2019.
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Rhodes started his profession in 2004 when he was seven years of age, beginning in Kart hustling, winning a few hero titles before moving to Bandoleros in 2008, and Legends autos in 2010, at that point climbing too late model stock vehicles starting in 2011.
In the wake of winning a few successes, in 2012 he marked with then-Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose to start hustling Late Model autos in the UARA-STARS Series under the Marcos Ambrose Motorsports standard. After the 2012 season, Rhodes marked an arrangement with Turner Scott Motorsports to start hustling low maintenance in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013.
Rhodes scored five top-five completes in seven begins. In June of that year, Rhodes was named to the NASCAR Next program, made out of best in class drivers expected to turn into the following gathering of stars in NASCAR rivalry.
K&N Pro Series East
Rhodes would move full-time in the K&N East Series for 2014, with the previous driver Mark McFarland as his team boss. In mid-March 2014, it was declared Rhodes would make his Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville in the Kroger 250 for TSM, and drive in three extra Truck arrangement races that season.
He earned three top tens, including an eighth spot complete in his presentation, in four Truck Series races. Rhodes would likewise make his ARCA Racing Series debut at his home track Kentucky Speedway, beginning fifth however completing 27th after an accident.
Rhodes would guarantee TSM’s second continuous K&N Pro Series East Championship through five successes, 11 top-five completions, and six shafts. Rhodes would likewise tie an arrangement record set by Ricky Craven in 1991 by winning four back to back races (Iowa, Bowman Gray, Five Flags, Langley Speedway) among May and June.
In December 2014, it was declared that Rhodes would climb to NASCAR’s second-level national arrangement the Xfinity Series (once in the past Busch and Nationwide) with JR Motorsports for 10 races in the 2015 season, sharing the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro with Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kasey Kahne.
Rhodes made his presentation with the group at Iowa Speedway on May 16, completing seventh. Rhodes had the quickest time in the main practice at Road America on August 2015 and he was granted the post position in the wake of qualifying drizzled out. On October 20, Rhodes declared that he had left JRM, expecting to run a full-time Xfinity plan for 2016.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series
On December 15, 2015, Rhodes joined ThorSport Racing to run full-time in the Truck Series in 2016, driving the No. 41 Toyota Tundra. Rhodes began the season with a seventh spot complete at Daytona. Rhodes and Johnny Sauter were in dispute for the success at Kansas yet both slammed in the last lap, permitting William Byron to verify the principal win of his profession.
Rhodes missed the debut truck arrangement Chase and completed fourteenth in arrangement focuses. On January 31, 2017, Rhodes declared his arrival to ThorSport for the 2017 season with new team boss Eddie Troconis and renumbered No. 27 Tundra.
Rhodes approached triumph at Kansas when, in the wake of passing Kyle Busch late in the race, his motor terminated with 10 laps to go. On September 15, Rhodes verified a spot in the 2017 truck arrangement playoffs. On September 30, Rhodes held off inevitable victor Christopher Bell to win his first truck arrangement race at the Las Vegas 350.
For 2018 Rhodes came back to the 41 truck, presently a Ford F150, with Troconis returning as group boss. After numerous motor inconveniences tormenting him in 2018 he won his subsequent profession race at Kentucky Motor Speedway in the wake of ruling the race and holding off a hard-charging Stewart Friesen.
In March 2019, Rhodes took an interest in the Michelin Pilot Challenge sports vehicle race at Sebring International Raceway, driving a Ford for Multimatic Motorsports nearby ThorSport Racing colleagues Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger, and Myatt Snider.
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War of words between Rhodes, Dippel after Eldora altercation
As fireworks ignited on the backstretch moments after Thursday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby, a heated exchange between Ben Rhodes and Tyler Dippel provided a different kind of fiery display.
After climbing out of a heavily damaged No. 99 ThorSport Racing Ford, Rhodes immediately ran toward Dippel’s No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet, reaching into the cockpit before a NASCAR official and crew members separated them.
The altercation stemmed from an incident after the final restart with two laps remaining in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series showdown at Eldora Speedway. Dippel slid into Rhodes coming off of Turn 2, sending him into the outside fence. The pair traded paint and sheet metal on the cool-down lap before it came to ahead.
Dippel didn’t mince words regarding his stance on the conflict.
“It was green-white-checkered, it was time to go,” Dippel said after his eighth-place finish. “That’s all it was, it was time to go. He came up after me before I could even get out of the truck. Probably the only way he could do anything because he probably weighs 140 pounds soaking wet.
“He’s an (expletive),” Dippel added. “That’s pretty much just it. He complains about pretty much everyone every week. It’s probably going to be cool to see a person like him miss the playoffs in really good equipment.”
For Rhodes, it wasn’t just Dippel he was frustrated within the 150-lap feature.
“It was multiple guys on the track,” Rhodes said. “It’s just sad because nobody races with respect on the race track anymore. I didn’t touch a soul all night unless they were wrecking around me and I had to somehow touch them to get away from the wreck. Other than that, I didn’t touch a soul. I raced everyone with respect and the way that I wanted to be raced. We’re racing for a championship and there are just guys that come here and just clean you out.”
Rhodes also noted Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet, roughed him up in Turn 2, resulting in significant damage to the left side of Rhodes’ machine.
“The 2 didn’t even try to make the corner,” Rhodes said. “Put me in the fence and hit me so hard my mirror was pointed toward the sky … the inside mirror … that’s how hard he hit me. Then the 02 did the exact same thing. It’s just bad racing. I don’t know how to fix that with the guys. Nobody has respect on the track and I don’t know what to do to change it.”
“It’s honestly been building for a few years,” he added. “I’ve seen it get a little worse each year, then this year I just don’t know why it is the way it is. It’s been building for a while and the cup is kind of running over. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I know I got cleaned out on the track several times today.”
This year’s regular season, which concludes for the Gander Trucks next week at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 10, has been a trying one for Rhodes. While he has five top fives and nine top-10 finishes, six finishes of 14th or worse put Rhodes in a must-win position as he sits 63 points below the playoff cutline following the 14th-place result at Eldora.
“I hate it for my guys,” Rhodes said. “… Things out of our control are taking us out of the playoffs.”