The K&N Driver Will Pilot the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Truck in Five Races
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 24, 2014) – Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) is pleased to announce that Ben Rhodes will run five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races during the 2014 season in the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Silverado, beginning at Martinsville Speedway. The 17-year-old is currently competing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) for TSM and has received three pole awards and one win in just four starts this season.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rhodes made his TSM debut last year when he ran a partial NKNPSE schedule and received two top fives and five top 10s in seven starts. Rhodes was also selected as a member of the 2013 NASCAR Next class, a select group chosen by the sanctioning body that spotlights NASCAR’s rising stars with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series potential. Most recently, Rhodes claimed his first NKNPSE victory at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” said Rhodes. “I can’t thank Harry Scott and Steve Turner enough for giving me this chance to gain valuable experience behind the wheel of one of the best trucks in the Truck Series. I also appreciate the ongoing support from Alpha Energy Solutions this season and hope I can make everyone proud. I’m really excited to start off at Martinsville [Speedway] since I’ve got short-track racing experience and plan to carry momentum from my K&N win over to the No. 32 truck. Turner Scott Motorsports is a top-notch organization and I hope to learn a lot this year from both my Truck Series team as well as my K&N team.”
Rhodes will be under the direction of three-time NCWTS championship-winning crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. throughout the five races. In 2013, Hillman directed the No. 4 truck driven by NCWTS Rookie of the Year contender Jeb Burton and claimed one victory, seven pole awards and finished the season in fifth place in the NCWTS standings. Hillman and Rhodes will team up for the following races:
3/29, Martinsville Speedway
5/30, Dover International Raceway
8/20, Bristol Motor Speedway
10/25, Martinsville Speedway
11/7, Phoenix International Raceway
“Ben is a very talented and deserving driver,” said TSM co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. “I’ve enjoyed watching him grow as a racer, as well as a young ambassador of the sport. Ben has proven to be a pleasure to work with and I look forward to his continued success within our organization.”
Be sure to tune in on Saturday, March 29 as Rhodes makes his NCWTS debut at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1, followed by the Kroger 250 at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
About Turner Scott Motorsports:
Turner Scott Motorsports was established in 1999 by Texas businessman Steve Turner, who was joined by partner Harry Scott Jr. as co-owner in 2013. This season will mark the fourth season of full-time NASCAR competition for the organization, which expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. The team earned its first championship when James Buescher captured the NCWTS title in 2012. Turner Scott Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports, which provides engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. For more information on Turner Scott Motorsports, visit www.TurnerScottMotorsports.com.