MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Fresh off his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory Saturday night at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, Ben Rhodes has been named the driver of the No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet for five races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.
The 17-year-old is currently competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for TSM and has received three pole awards in addition to his victory last weekend at Greenville Pickens Speedway. He’ll make his Truck Series debut this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with sponsorship from Alpha Energy Solutions.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Rhodes made his TSM debut last year when he ran a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule, earning two top fives and five top 10s in seven starts.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” said Rhodes. “I can’t thank Harry Scott and Steve Turner enough for giving me this chance to gain valuable experience behind the wheel of one of the best trucks in the Truck Series. I also appreciate the ongoing support from Alpha Energy Solutions this season and hope I can make everyone proud. I’m really excited to start off at Martinsville [Speedway] since I’ve got short-track racing experience and plan to carry momentum from my K&N win over to the No. 32 truck. Turner Scott Motorsports is a top-notch organization and I hope to learn a lot this year from both my Truck Series team as well as my K&N team.”
Rhodes will be under the direction of three-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. throughout the five races. In 2013, Hillman directed the No. 4 truck driven by Jeb Burton and claimed one victory, seven pole awards and finished the season in fifth place in the NCWTS standings.
“Ben is a very talented and deserving driver,” said TSM co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. “I’ve enjoyed watching him grow as a racer, as well as a young ambassador of the sport. Ben has proven to be a pleasure to work with and I look forward to his continued success within our organization.”
Rhodes is scheduled to enter both Truck Series races at Martinsville, as well as events at Dover (Del.) Int’l Raceway, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Phoenix Int’l Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.