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|Louisville, KY||February 21, 1997||20|
Louisville, Kentucky, native and NASCAR Next driver Ben Rhodes races the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Impala with Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
Rhodes, who is currently 16 years of age (born February 21st, 1997), started racing Karts in 2004, winning multiple races and championships on dirt and asphalt until moving up to Bandoleros in 2008. After earning his state and Midwest titles in 2009, the Kentucky racer quickly adapted to the bigger and faster Legends Cars in 2010. In 2011, Rhodes celebrated more championships to compliment his season’s 43 victories, more than any other driver internationally. His success translated over to Late Models with several starts in 2011 and a full season of racing in 2012. Rhodes turned heads in April, 2012, in the invite-only Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway (VA), finishing sixth behind top NASCAR stars as the highest-finishing rookie in the race.
The 2013 racing season for Rhodes started off on a high note when he was voted third nationally by fans in Speed51.com’s Late Model Most Popular Driver contest. Shortly after, Rhodes took to the track in the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach Late Model Stock event at Daytona International Speedway (FL), earning his first heat race victory and finishing second in the feature behind his teammate Kyle Larson. He backed up that strong run with several top-five Late Model Stock finishes during the first half of the season, including finishing third in the 2013 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond behind NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and David Ragan.
The Late Model Stock portion of his racing season kicked into high gear in the second half of the year when Rhodes earned his first-two victories in one weekend, first at Kingsport Speedway (TN), and then at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). He went on to win a total of six Late Model Stock events, including leading all but one lap in the 150-lap Fall Brawl at Hickory.
Rhodes was also impressive in his first start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) in March, finishing ninth. He backed that up with a third-place finish at Iowa Speedway (IA) in June (amongst East drivers), the same day Rhodes was announced as a selection to the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars. He continued his strong runs in a part-time season in the series by earning a sixth at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC), a fourth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NH), and running third late in the race at Dover International Speedway (DE) before a cut tire ended his bid for the win.
Like many other professional athletes of his age, Rhodes maintains a serious schedule training throughout the course of the year, including a solid fitness routine and multiple hours behind the wheel of a race car. However, off-track, he is a typical, well-spoken 16-year-old with a passion for cars and a beaming personality, which helps make him one of the most-popular drivers at every race track. In his junior year of high school, Ben maintains a 4.0 GPA and is currently investigating potential colleges. When he doesn’t have his nose in the books or his hands tightening nuts and bolts he enjoys ATVs and video games.
The 2014 season will have Rhodes racing for the Rookie of the Year honors as well as the championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.