The 2-time NASCAR Truck Series race winner in 2021 Ben Rhodes is quite optimistic about his chances on Saturday at Bristol dirt track.
Ben Rhodes had two free practices on Friday to get used to a brand-new dirt race track at Bristol Motor Speedway. After both sessions, the no.99 ThorSport Racing truck driver shared his expectations and goals for both qualifying and main races, which would take place on Saturday.
“I’m pretty happy with it [performance]. I’m pretty confident in the truck,” Rhodes told ASN Motorsports.
He also expressed some concerns about his starting position in a qualifying race: “But at the same time I’m hesitant about the challenges we have ahead in ourselves – starting on pretty much the last row of our heat race, that’s a tough spot. We got more potential than anybody to make points with the passing points and we can only go forward.”
“I feel good about that, but I’m hesitant. I know how hard it’s going to be to pass. […] I think some people will spin out and wreck in front of us in the heat race, I know that’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of avoiding it and picking up those free points,” he added.
Despite all the challenges, Ben Rhodes set high goals for the main race: “So, I’ve got confidence, but I’m a little bit reluctant on how the race is going to go and keeping our track clean. I think a good day for us is a top 5 in the stages and top 5 within the day and not being angry at anybody and not having to talk to any angry people afterward.”
Ben Rhodes finished 18th in practice 1 and 1st in practice 2. He will start 10th in the qualifying race 4 on Saturday.