SANDUSKY, Ohio – Nineteen-year-old Ben Rhodes will return to ThorSport Racing this year to pilot the No. 27 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Rhodes drove for ThorSport Racing last year in the No. 41 Toyota Tundra during his rookie campaign in the Truck Series.
“This is an amazing opportunity to be partnered with Toyota and ThorSport Racing again for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” said Rhodes,. “The 2016 season had a lot of ups and downs, but we have put all that in the rearview mirror, and we’re focused on the year ahead. We have a new team, a new number, and great support from Toyota. With the NASCAR changes to the race and point structure, the No. 27 team will be up front contending for segment wins and race victories to get us into the playoffs and contend for the championship.”
Rhodes, the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, joined ThorSport Racing in 2016 following a part-time, 10-race schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015. Rhodes earned one pole, two top fives and five top 10s in 2016.
Alpha Energy Solutions, a commercial and industrial mechanical self-performing service provider, will continue their support of Rhodes in his sophomore campaign. The Louisville, Ky., based company will adorn the No. 27 Tundra at Kentucky Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Additional sponsorship for the No. 27 Toyota Tundra will be announced at a later date.
Rhodes’ 2017 campaign will be led by crew chief Eddie Troconis. Troconis, who called the shots for Cameron Hayley in 2016 at ThorSport, enters his second full-time season in the series atop the pit box.