Ben Rhodes returns for second season at ThorSport

first_imgThe 19-year-old Rhodes will hit the track with a new truck number, piloting the No. 27 Toyota after campaigning the No. 41 for several seasons in multiple series. Eddie Troconis will serve as the crew chief and Alpha Energy Solutions returns as primary sponsor for two races. Troconis previously served as crew chief for Cameron Hayley at ThorSport, leading the No. 13 team to six top fives and an 11th-place finish in the overall standings last season. ThorSport Racing announced Tuesday that Ben Rhodes will return for a second season with the Ohio-based team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017. ThorSport announced Monday that two-time series champ Matt Crafton and new addition Cody Coughlin would also be in the driver lineup for 2017. The Camping World Truck Series opens the season Feb. 24 with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Daytona International Speedway. Alpha Energy Solutions will hold primary sponsorship at Kentucky Speedway in July and Bristol Motor Speedway in August. The team indicated that additional sponsorship would be announced at a later date. RELATED: Full schedule for Daytona Speedweeks Rhodes, champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2014, competed in his first full season in the truck series last year. The Kentucky native earned his first pole position at Martinsville Speedway in April and notched a pair of top-five finishes over the course of the season, his best a second place at Gateway Motorsports Park in June. “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,” Rhodes said in a news release provided by the team. “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.”last_img

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