Race Weekend Central

Tracking the Trucks: Ben Rhodes Edges Jordan Anderson at Daytona

2021 Trucks Daytona finish with wreck - Rhodes/Roper/Anderson. (Credit: NKP)

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In a Nutshell: Ben Rhodes edged Jordan Anderson and Cory Roper at the line to score his first career Daytona International Speedway win in Friday’s (Feb. 12) NextEra Energy 250 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A caution involving 10 trucks with just four laps remaining set up the overtime finish that gave ThorSport …

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Ben Rhodes Wins Crash-Marred Daytona Truck Race

2021 Trucks Daytona Ben Rhodes, No. 99 ThorSport Racing Toyota, burnout (Credit: NKP)

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In typical fashion, this year’s edition of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was again a compilation of bent fenders, high attrition and one excited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver after a wild finish. That one driver ended up being Thorsport Racing’s Ben Rhodes as the smoke cleared Friday night (Feb. …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Closing the Door on an Unforgettable 2020 Season

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Lucas Oil 150

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It’s hard to believe but the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series has come to an end, and there’s really only one way to describe this season: Unforgettable. The season opened normally enough at Daytona International Speedway with the usual wreck fest followed by a finish that saw Grant Enfinger edge Jordan Anderson by mere …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Clint Bowyer Reflects on NASCAR Career, Move to Broadcast Booth

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the penultimate weekend of the season at Martinsville Speedway, which saw Chase Elliott win his way into the Championship 4 in the NASCAR Cup Series. Meanwhile, nine-time winner and regular season champion Kevin Harvick was eliminated from the postseason. The duo dives into the current …

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ThorSport’s Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes Just Miss Out on Championship 4


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A second and fifth place run wasn’t enough for the ThorSport Racing duo of Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton to advance to the Championship 4. Their teammate’s victory saw Rhodes and Crafton fall short of advancing to contend for a title in Phoenix, while Grant Enfinger‘s fourth checkered flag of the year vaulted him into …

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4 Burning Questions: What Is the State of NASCAR?

2020 Charlotte Road ROVAL Cup William Byron pack racing NKP

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What is the state of NASCAR? In a crazy season in a crazy year, there are still some positives coming out of it for NASCAR. It looks like TV ratings will fall at about the same level as they did in 2019, just a percentage point or two. This is actually great news, as NASCAR’s …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Matt Tifft on New Cup Team

2019 Dover MENCS Matt Tifft Face NKP

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a long weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway that saw Kyle Busch score his first NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, 77 hours after the green flag was thrown. Why was this an emotional win for Busch, who now has at least one …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: NASCAR’s Failed Message by Letting Ben Rhodes Race

Ben Rhodes, Las Vegas

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Though the NASCAR Cup Series just finished its race at Texas Motor Speedway Wednesday afternoon, the penalty report for the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series has already been released. And while Chandler Smith received a penalty (rightfully so) after one of his wheels came off as he was leaving pit road, the sanctioning body …

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Did You Notice?: All-Time Weirdest NASCAR Rain Delays

2019 Daytona MENCS Rain Christian Koelle

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Did You Notice? … The rain delay at Texas Motor Speedway is extending into record-setting territory? As I write this column, we are on our third postponement of a race scheduled to run Sunday, Oct. 25. A misty light rain has fallen seemingly forever, pushing back the start to at least Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Trucks at Texas on FOX Sports 1 — What a Doozy!

2020 Texas II truck Christian Eckes crash II NKP

This is an interesting time for us. It is very rare that you get a double postponement due to weather. In the Cup Series, I can only recall this happening a couple of times in the last 20 years. It’s happening now as NASCAR officially pulled the plug at Texas Motor Speedway Monday after working …

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Tracking the Trucks: Sheldon Creed Punches Championship 4 Ticket With Texas Win

2020 Texas II truck Sheldon creed trophy NKP

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In a Nutshell: Amidst 10 caution flag periods, hard crashes and several angry drivers, Sheldon Creed won the SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win and the one that clinches his spot in the Championship 4. “Today, we did an awesome job,” Creed …

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‘KBM Trucks Run Over Everybody’: Ben Rhodes Among Drivers Angry As Wrecks Mar Texas Truck Race

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

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Sunday’s (Oct. 25) NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors event at Texas Motor Speedway provided plenty of frayed tempers, causing several crashes that brought out cautions in the latter half of the SpeedyCash.com 400. Included in the mess? Championship contender Ben Rhodes and both KBM trucks (Kyle Busch Motorsports). However, a pair of non-playoff drivers sparked …

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