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Ben Rhodes Scores Martinsville Pole in Truck Series

For the second time, Ben Rhodes will start from pole at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday (March 24).

Winning his first career Camping World Truck Series pole here in 2016, the third-year Thorsport Racing driver repeats the performance in 2018, starting first for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

In a 1-2 sweep for Thorsport, Matt Crafton lines up second. The two-time Martinsville winner was just 0.049 seconds off pole.

Grant Enfinger lines up third followed by Kyle Benjamin, who makes his first Truck start from the fourth spot. Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

Johnny Sauter is among the favorites, entering the half-mile with three career Martinsville wins and three straight top-three finishes. The No. 21 Chevrolet lines up sixth with Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Myatt Snider and Cody Coughlin rounding out the top 10.

Reigning track winner Noah Gragson will start 11th while fellow Kyle Busch Motorsports youngsters Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland start 13th and last. Gilliland had an engine change, forcing the No. 4 Toyota to the rear of the starting field. Gilliland was fastest in the first round, but chose not to go out beyond that point.


About the author

Growing up in Easton, Pa., Zach Catanzareti has grown his auto racing interest from fandom to professional. Joining Frontstretch in 2015, Zach enjoys nothing more than being at the track, having covered his first half-season of 18 races in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017. With experience behind the wheel, behind the camera and in the media center, he thrives on being an all-around reporter.

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