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Ben Rhodes wins Truck pole at Martinsville

by Amy Henderson
Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Ben Rhodes charges to pole in his Ford
Ben Rhodes charges to pole in his Ford

ThorSport Racing has had an uncharacteristically slow start to the 2018 season after switching manufacturers from Toyota to Ford in the offseason, but they came out swinging at Martinsville Speedway. Ben Rhodes laid down a fast lap under threatening skies to win the pole for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 with a speed of 95.942 MPH. It’s Rhodes’ third career Truck Series pole.

His ThorSport teammates Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger qualified second and third, respectively, giving the team a stronghold on the front of the field.  Kyle Benjamin and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top 5.

Series point leader Johnny Sauter qualified sixth, Brett Moffitt was seventh and John Hunter Nemechek, rookie Myatt Snider and Cody Coughlin filled the top 10.  The most recent CWTS race winner at Martinsville, Noah Gragson, who snagged his first career win in that race, will start 11th. Mark Harmon was the only driver who failed to qualify for the race.

Todd Gilliland, who posted the fastest lap in the first round, did not make an attempt in the second round.  Gilliland was already starting from the back of the field after an engine change Friday, so his team chose not to burn tires in qualifying.

Lineup:

Pos No.
Driver Team Time Speed
1 41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions Ford 19.737 95.942
2 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Ford 19.786 95.704
3 98 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records 19.810 95.588
4 54 Kyle Benjamin(i) Crosley Brands/Foothills Capital LLC Toyota 19.830 95.492
5 52 Stewart Friesen We Build America Chevrolet 19.831 95.487
6 21 Johnny Sauter Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet 19.832 95.482
7 16 Brett Moffitt AISIN Group Toyota 19.850 95.395
8 8 John H. Nemechek(i) Fleetwing Chevrolet 19.851 95.391
9 13 Myatt Snider # Liberty Tax Ford 19.889 95.208
10 2 Cody Coughlin JEGS.com Chevrolet 19.902 95.146
11 18 Noah Gragson Safelite Toyota 19.965 94.846
12 24 Justin Haley Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 20.050 94.444
13 51 Harrison Burton DEX Imaging Toyota 19.981 94.770
14 99 Tyler Matthews Popeye's/BB&T Scott & Stringfellow Chevrolet 20.011 94.628
15 02 Austin Hill United Rentals Chevrolet 20.047 94.458
16 92 Timothy Peters BTS Tire & Wheel/Carquest Auto Parts Ford 20.097 94.223
17 04 Cory Roper Preferred Industrial Contractors Inc. Ford 20.133 94.055
18 25 Dalton Sargeant # Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet 20.176 93.854
19 45 Justin Fontaine ProMATIC Automation/SprrEssx Chev 20.227 93.617
20 20 Reid Wilson OEM2 Powered by TruNorth Chevrolet 20.248 93.520
21 22 Austin Wayne Self Kreuz Market/Dn'tMssWthTxs Chev 20.262 93.456
22 83 Kyle Donahue First Responder Racing Chevrolet 20.406 92.796
23 4 Todd Gilliland # Mobil 1 Toyota 19.888 95.213
24 15 Robby Lyons Bubba Bear Sauce Chevrolet 20.248 93.520
25 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 20.414 92.760
26 33 Josh Reaume R Coin/Green Heart Partners Chevrolet 20.458 92.560
27 63 Kevin Donahue First Responder Racing Chevrolet 20.474 92.488

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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