Ben Rhodes Wins the Spring Truck Race at Daytona in Dramatic Fashion

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DAYONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ben Rhodes made a daring pass to get by Troy Roper to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.  In a race filled with crashes and mishaps, it was an awesome victory.  The fourth win of his Truck Series career was his first at the 2.5-mile Florida track.

Jordan Anderson placed second in the No. 3 Chevrolet for the second straight year with Roper grabbing a career-best third place as a multi-truck crash erupted coming to the finish line. Ryan Truex finished fourth with rookie Carson Hocevar finishing out the top five with a career-best result.

Raphael Lessard won Stage 1 and John Hunter Nemechek, who moved over to the truck series from the Cup Series won Stage 2. Nemechek dropped out of contention after his No. 4 Toyota was damaged in an eight-vehicle crash with six laps left in regulation, that forced the race into overtime.

Hailie Deegan started her rookie season with a 24th-place result, slowed by a Lap 80 crash into the inside retaining wall on the backstretch. Her No. 1 David Gilliland Racing Ford sustained significant front-end damage after skidding out of Turn 2 and into the barrier, and she lost three laps while her crew made repairs.

ThorSport, who had raced Ford bodies the last few years, made their return to Toyota memorable in their new manufacturer’s hardware.  All their trucks were in contention all night with Johnny Sauter starting from the pole and Grant Enfinger being in front most of the night.

The Camping World Truck Series doesn’t have to go far for their next race.  On the schedule next is the Daytona Road Course on Friday, February 19th. 

Pos, Driver, Truck, Gap, Laps, Last, Best Time, Best Speed, On Lap
1) 
Ben Rhodes, 99 Toyota, --, 101, 187.457, 46.733, 192.583, 60
2) Jordan Anderson(i), 3 Chevrolet, 0.036, 101, 188.961, 46.827, 192.197, 18
3) Cory Roper, 04 Ford, 0.100, 101, 187.056, 47.080, 191.164, 33
4) Ryan Truex, 40 Chevrolet, 0.252, 101, 188.893, 46.281, 194.464, 32
5) Carson Hocevar #, 42 Chevrolet, 0.264, 101, 188.068, 46.208, 194.771, 33
6) Sheldon Creed, 2 Chevrolet, 0.356, 101, 185.839, 47.031, 191.363, 18
7) John Hunter Nemechek, 4 Toyota, 0.483, 101, 188.273, 46.915, 191.836, 60
8) Codie Rohrbaugh, 9 Toyota, 0.605, 101, 185.647, 46.809, 192.271, 50
9) Chandler Smith #, 18 Toyota, 1.072, 101, 185.414, 47.137, 190.933, 60
10) Drew Dollar, 51 Toyota, 1.200, 101, 183.580, 46.781, 192.386, 20
11) Kris Wright #, 02 Chevrolet, 1.233, 101, 183.959, 47.092, 191.115, 60
12) Spencer Boyd, 20 Chevrolet, 1.250, 101, 184.794, 47.175, 190.779, 51
13) Grant Enfinger, 98 Toyota, 1.261, 101, 183.741, 46.959, 191.657, 18
14) David Gilliland, 17 Ford, 1.329, 101, 184.196, 46.723, 192.625, 40
15) Matt Crafton, 88 Toyota, 1.343, 101, 182.674, 46.200, 194.805, 60
16) Zane Smith, 21 Toyota, 1.393, 101, 182.927, 46.769, 192.435, 87
17) Jennifer Jo Cobb, 10 Chevrolet, 7.657, 101, 166.818, 47.441, 189.709, 50
18) Bryan Dauzat, 28 Chevrolet, 9.377, 101, 162.288, 46.498, 193.557, 32
19) Jason White, 33 Chevrolet, 15.883, 101, 156.407, 47.048, 191.294, 30
20) Austin Wayne Self, 22 Chevrolet, 0.509, 100, 173.280, 46.691, 192.757, 89
21) Danny Bohn, 30 Toyota, 0.785, 100, 173.491, 47.277, 190.367, 50
22) Austin Hill, 16 Toyota, -2, 99, 149.363, 47.101, 191.079, 32
23) Raphael Lessard, 24 Toyota, -2, 99, 148.165, 47.022, 191.400, 18
24) Hailie Deegan #, 1 Ford, -3, 98, 149.095, 46.960, 191.652, 18
25) Brett Moffitt, 45 Chevrolet, -5, 96, 146.989, 46.287, 194.439, 32
26) Timothy Peters, 25 Chevrolet, -6, 95, 89.084, 47.103, 191.071, 34
27) Johnny Sauter, 13 Toyota, -7, 94, 188.794, 46.998, 191.498, 18
28) Tyler Ankrum, 26 Chevrolet, -7, 94, 189.414, 46.774, 192.415, 20
29) Chase Purdy #, 23 Chevrolet, -10, 91, 185.924, 46.995, 191.510, 32
30) Tate Fogleman, 12 Chevrolet, -28, 73, 58.380, 46.782, 192.382, 50
31) Todd Gilliland, 38 Ford, -30, 71, 189.741, 47.062, 191.237, 32
32) Stewart Friesen, 52 Toyota, -30, 71, 190.182, 46.769, 192.435, 60
33) Derek Kraus, 19 Toyota, -45, 56, 53.851, 46.707, 192.691, 32
34) Gus Dean, 56 Chevrolet, -100, 1, 26.865, 335.008, 26.865, 1
35) Tanner Gray, 15 Ford, -101, 0, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0
36) James Buescher, 44 Chevrolet, -101, 0, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0
(#) Rookie, (I) not eligible for points, (#) Rookie

Leaders:
Car, Times, Laps
99, 5, 7
2, 1, 1
4, 3, 14
18, 3, 22
98, 5, 13
17, 4, 8
28, 1, 2
24, 2, 12
45, 1, 1
25, 3, 3
13, 1, 13
26, 3, 6

Lead Changes
Car, Start, End, Total
13, 0, 12, 13
24, 13, 23, 11
98, 24, 26, 3
4, 27, 27, 1
24, 28, 28, 1
4, 29, 38, 10
99, 39, 39, 1
4, 40, 42, 3
98, 43, 46, 4
26, 47, 48, 2
17, 49, 49, 1
26, 50, 50, 1
17, 51, 52, 2
26, 53, 55, 3
17, 56, 57, 2
98, 58, 58, 1
17, 59, 61, 3
45, 62, 62, 1
28, 63, 64, 2
18, 65, 78, 14
98, 79, 80, 2
18, 81, 85, 5
25, 86, 86, 1
99, 87, 87, 1
25, 88, 88, 1
99, 89, 89, 1
25, 90, 90, 1
18, 91, 93, 3
98, 94, 96, 3
99, 97, 99, 3
2, 100, 100, 1
99, 101, 101, 1

Cautions
No. , Lap, Beneficiary, Reason
1, 0, , No. 44, 19, 56 Incident Frontstretch
2, 20, , Stage 1 Conclusion
3, 34, 88, No. 19 Spin Turn 3
4, 40, , Stage 2 Conclusion
5, 52, , No. 19, 40 Incident Turn 4
6, 60, , No. 3, 22, 52 Incident Frontstretch
7, 64, 22, No. 33, 2, 52, 26, 38 Incident Frontstretch
8, 71, 33, No. 38, 88, 12, 52, 45, 4 Incident Turn 2
9, 80, 22, No. 1 Incident Backstretch
10, 94, 33, No. 26, 25, 4, 51, 24, 16, 13, 12, 28, 42 Incident Turn 2
11, 101, , No. 88, 21, 98, 51, 02, 22, 17 Incident Frontstretch

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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