Wins Title In First Year Working With Rhodes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mark McFarland is no stranger to championship battles.
In 2011, McFarland, a crew chief in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East since 2009, and driver Mat DiBenedetto were in the hunt for the championship. They won their first race together that season but would ultimately settle for fourth in the final championship standings.
This season, he paired with Turner Scott Motorsports and rookie driver Ben Rhodes. The result was five victories, six poles, 11 top fives and 13 top 10s in 16 starts en route to a title and a trip to the NASCAR Night of Champions in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“It felt great,” said McFarland about winning his first series crown as a crew chief. “You feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. You set goals for yourself and then you achieve them. It felt like a relief, for one, but then just feeling really proud of everyone on the team.”