DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Twenty-three drivers are currently entered for the Greenville 140 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Greenville (South Carolina) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 6, but 17-year-old Ben Rhodes only needs to beat one.
The Louisville, Kentucky, native enters the 15th event of a 16-race season with a 65-point lead over Cameron Hayley in the championship points standings. If Rhodes finishes ahead of Hayley, a feat he's accomplished in nine times in 14 attempts this year, he will secure his first series title and the second-consecutive championship for Turner Scott Motorsports.
The NASCAR Next driver hope to clinch his first title at the track where he won his first series victory. Back in March, Rhodes led the final 26 laps en route to a victory in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150. The event was also the first of a six-race stretch that saw Rhodes earn five wins and two poles. He was the runner-up finisher in the only race he didn't win during the stretch.
“Winning at Greenville Pickens is really cool,” said Rhodes after the spring race. “It’s a place known for saving tires and our strategy worked out.”
Through the first 14 events of the season, Rhodes has five wins, five poles, 10 top fives and 12 top 10s. He's led 757 of 1,822 laps (41.5%) of the total laps run this season.
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