Ben Rhodes emerged victorious in the NASCAR Trucks championship race at Phoenix to take a maiden title, but who is the racing driver? How many career wins does he have?
24-year-old Rhodes won the 2021 NASCAR Trucks title with a late pass on fellow title rival Zane Smith with eight laps to go.
Although Chandler Smith went onto win the race, under the rules for the Championship 4 drivers, whoever finishes highest in the race, wins the title.
In the final standings, Rhodes scored 4,034 points, finishing just two ahead of Zane Smith – who in turn was two points ahead of John Hunter Nemechek.
How long has Rhodes been in the Truck series, who does he currently drive for and how many wins has he recorded?
Who is Ben Rhodes?
Racing driver Ben Rhodes – and not the former deputy national security advisor to President Obama – hails from Louisville, Kentucky.
Like most racing drivers, Rhodes began his career as a young child in go-karts and Legends cars.
He made the move to late model stock cars in 2011, before embarking on a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career in 2013.
This is a step on the ladder to NASCAR.
The Pro Series East, now known as the ARCA Menards Series East – is a feeder series to the ARCA Series – itself the fourth rung on the NASCAR ladder.
Rhodes then made his debut on the NASCAR tour with his Trucks debut in 2014 at Martinsville – finishing seventh.
Since then, Ben Rhodes has focused on racing in the Truck Series, which culminated in his title win at Phoenix.
How old is Ben Rhodes?
Racing driver Ben Rhodes was born on February 21, 1997 in Kentucky.
He is the first NASCAR Trucks champion to be born in the state.
He was born to Lori and Joe Rhodes – with Joe’s mechanical service contractor often sponsoring son Ben Rhodes’ racing programme.
Fellow NASCAR racing drivers William Byron and Tyler Reddick were both born around the same time as Rhodes.
Rhodes is not currently married, and is believed to be single.
How many wins does Ben Rhodes have?
Rhodes currently competes for ThorSport Racing – and has done so since he went full-time racing in Trucks in 2016.
He has started 141 races in his NASCAR Trucks career – and has posted five wins and 76 top 10s in that time.
Rhodes’ first win came at Las Vegas in 2017, before adding another at his home racing track of Kentucky in 2018.
He picked up a single in 2020 at Darlington before starting 2021 with two on the bounce.
Rhodes won at Daytona on both the oval and road course.
He did not win again in 2021, but performed solidly throughout to claim the title in the finale.
Has he raced in NASCAR Cup?
Yes, Rhodes has raced once in the NASCAR Cup Series.
It came earlier in 2021 at the Sonoma road course in California.
Driving the #77 Spire Motorsports racing machine, Rhodes started in 31st place.
By the end, he had moved up one place to record 30th on his NASCAR Cup debut.
The Kentucky racing driver also started a handful of XFinity races in 2015 – with a best of seventh at Iowa on debut.