NEWTON, Iowa — Ben Rhodes turned an impressive performance Saturday night into his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series win of the season.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points leader piloted the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet to victory lane at Iowa Speedway in the Casey’s General Store 150. Rhodes, 17, from Louisville, Ky., led the final 115 laps and bested the field by 2.377 seconds in the combination race between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.
Nick Drake, 18, finished second, followed by Scott Heckert, 20. Jay Beasley and Brandon Jones were fourth and fifth, respectively. Drake, Heckert and Beasley – a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program – all recorded career-high finishes in the showcase event.
Brennan Newberry, Daniel Suarez, Ronnie Bassett Jr., David Mayhew and Austin Hill rounded out the top 10.
Mayhew is credited with a victory as the top-finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver, the third time he’s accomplished that in the combination race at Iowa. It was Mayhew’s second straight West win having won on May 3 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.
Greg Pursley finished 12th overall and was second among the West. He leads Mayhew by 12 and Dylan Lupton by 14.
Rhodes, who won at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in March, collected his fifth top five in six races to extend his points lead to 38 over Cameron Hayley and 39 over Gray Gaulding.
Brodie Kostecki, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, wound up 33rd after being involved in an accident after losing the lead to Rhodes in traffic on lap 36.
Ben Rhodes, Nick Drake, Scott Heckert, Jay Beasley, Brandon Jones, Brennan Newberry, Daniel Suarez, Ronnie Bassett Jr., David Mayhew, Austin Hill, Sergio Pena, Greg Pursley, Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Patrick Staropoli, Kenzie Ruston, James Bickford, Trey Hutchens, Ryan Gifford, Dylan Lupton, Jesse Little, Thomas Martin, Anthony Giannone, Luis Tyrrell, Gray Gaulding, Taylor Cuzick, David Garbo Jr., Jack Sellers, Giles Thornton, John Wood, Phyl Zubizareta, MacKenna Bell, Brodie Kostecki, Brandon McReynolds, Eddie MacDonald, Kaz Grala, Rich DeLong III.