LOUISVILLE, Ky. – NASCAR Next driver Ben Rhodes has announced that he will drive full time in the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Turner Scott Motorsports. The 16-year-old who competed part-time last season, will drive the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Impala with TSM, competing for the Rookie of the Year and series championship honors.
“I am excited to enter my first full season of racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ,” said Rhodes. “We had a lot of great runs last year and we are hoping to carry the momentum of those runs into this season.”
Rhodes began his racing career at the age of seven, starting in karts and winning several championship titles before moving up the ranks running bandoleros, legend cars and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model stock cars. In 2013 he ran a partial K&N Pro Series East schedule for TSM, where he made seven starts with two top fives and five top-tens to his credit.
For 2014, Rhodes hopes to benefit from the addition of a new crew chief, accomplished short track racing and crew chief veteran Mark McFarland.
“Mark is like a combination of my two-best crew chiefs I have had, Dennis Lambert in Legends and Lee McCall last year in late models and K&N Pro Series East. In the short time we have spent together so far this year we have already learned what each other likes. He is going to be a great crew chief for me and I am very fortunate to have him this year.”
Rhodes will be one of five full-time drivers racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season with Turner Scott Motorsports. Brandon Jones returns to the team with newcomers Cameron Hayley, Scott Heckert, and Kaz Grala rounding out the driver roster.