Ben is the 16-year-old racecar driver who is making a name for himself in the NASCAR K&N Series, a small step away from racing with the Sprint Cup drivers in the top of the sport. He’s having a great year, racing on the biggest tracks in the country, competing with drivers who are usually older and, certainly, not from Louisville OR Kentucky.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE. In my world, the big news this week wasn’t local. One of my favorite writers of all time, Elmore Leonard, passed away this week. And on Wednesday, it seems like every other post on my Facebook page was another tribute to Leonard, who was 87. My tribute in the podcast was to talk about Leonard’s famous 10 Tips for writing. The best-known is the advice to leave out the parts people usually skip. But the most useful may have been Leonard’s opinion on writing dialogue — never use anything other than the word “said” in…
Here’s the new TV spot from Alpha Energy Solutions, featuring 16-year-old NASCAR K&N Series Driver Ben Rhodes. The spot was produced from Kentucky Speedway by Brandon Smith of WDRB-TV.
A few weeks after announcing he will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut in 2013 with legendary crew chief Lee McCall, 15-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, native Ben Rhodes has announced today he will drive the No. 41 Chevrolet for Hawk-McCall Motorsports in 22 events, racing the full 2013 UARA-STARS Late Model Stock tour as well as various NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events throughout the year.
LOUISVILLE, KY (September 21st, 2012) – 15-year-old racer Ben Rhodes, who is in his first full season of Late Model Stock racing, will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Debut in 2013. The Louisville, Kentucky, native will drive the #14 Toyota with legendary crew chief Lee McCall joining him for a limited schedule of events with the eventual plan of racing full time in the series in 2014.
In the smoking asphalt aftermath of what race fans are calling “Carmageddon,” Speedway Motorsports CEO, Bruton Smith, has both harsh words and hope for the Commonwealth. With 1-75 shut down and I-71 crawling like a parking lot, over 20,000 fans eager to witness the debut of NASCAR at the Kentucky Speedway could not get there. Those who did were managing full bladders, empty gas tanks and worn to a frazzle from, in many instances, a 45 minute hop that turned to four hours. They were so dazed that the staggering $8 beer prices meant nothing. Not having to pee on the side of the road meant everything. I am not a race…