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Did You Notice?: Better to Be a NASCAR Minor League Champion Than Failed Prospect?

2022 Las Vegas NASCAR Xfinity pole winner AJ Allmendinger NKP

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NASCAR Xfinity and Truck series championship contenders AJ Allmendinger and Ben Rhodes enjoy vying for wins in their respective divisions.

Tracking the Trucks: Ben Rhodes Slide Jobs Into Late Lead to Win Bristol Dirt Race

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Ben Rhodes overtook both John Hunter Nemechek and Carson Hocevar with less than five laps to go on his way to win his first Truck Series victory of 2022 in the dirt race at Bristol.

Ben Rhodes Reigns Supreme, Sweeps All 3 Stages on Bristol Dirt

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It was a full day of racing Saturday at Bristol, capped off with the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt. When the dust settled, the smoke cleared and the trucks got unstuck, it was Ben Rhodes who claimed supremacy, winning the first two stages and rallying late to win the race as well.

Tracking the Trucks: Zane Smith Wins Daytona in Overtime Finish

2022 Trucks Daytona Zane Smith trophy (Credit: NKP)

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Zane Smith started the 2022 season with a new team, new number, new manufacturer and a win at Daytona International Speedway. After starting in 20th, the 22-year-old had found himself in the lead when the caution flag waved shortly after taking the white flag. Ben Rhodes finished runner-up and was followed by teammate Christian Eckes, Tanner Gray, and Parker Kligerman in the top five.

Truckin’ Thursdays: Previewing the 2022 Truck Series Season

NASCAR Truck Series Daytona

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More than three months since the conclusion of the 2021 season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is just over a week away from embarking on its 2022 venture. Look ahead of the season here.

2021 Truck Series Awards: The Good, the Bad & the Dirty

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series saw many firsts throughout the last year, as well as intriguing, sometimes completely unexpected storylines, that it would be a disservice to try to wrap the year into one convenient package. But what we can do is take a page out of NASCAR’s book while it’s giving away some …

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Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton Staying With ThorSport in 2022

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2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes and ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton will remain with the team next year, Allison Thorson said on SiriusXM NASCAR radio per a tweet from Alan Cavanna. Rhodes secured the championship after passing Zane Smith within the final 10 laps at Phoenix Raceway last weekend. He earned …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Season Finale 500

Larson

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Who … should you be talking about after the Season Finale 500? A year ago, Kyle Larson watched the NASCAR Cup Series finale on TV and wondered what might have been. Now, a little older and a lot wiser after he chose to learn from a mistake that saw him banned for most of 2020 …

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Ben Rhodes is a NASCAR Champion and Feelin’ Good

Ben Rhodes at Phoenix Raceway

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“It’s really quiet in here, I just came from a party.”

Thus began the most memorable post-race press conference in recent NASCAR history.

As he entered the deadline room of the Phoenix Raceway media center draped in a decorative towel, self-admitted lightweight Ben Rhodes was four Bud Lights and a “decent” amount of champagne deep into his celebration as the newest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.

Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Snags 2nd Career Win, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship in Phoenix

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In a Nutshell: Chandler Smith scored his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Friday night’s (Nov. 5) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The rookie led five times for 39 laps, including the final 18 for his second victory in five races, just one week after being eliminated from the championship battle. …

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