17-Year-Old Notches First Career Victory
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Ben Rhodes finally got his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win.
After leading all but the final two laps in his last series start at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, the 17-year-old Louisville, Ky., native took no chances on Saturday night, leading for the final 24 laps en route to a victory in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday night at Greenville Pickens Speedway.It was only the 11th start for the NASCAR Next driver. His previous best finish at the track was sixth, earned in September of last year.
Ronnie Bassett Jr. crossed the line behind Rhodes for his first top-five-finish in six series races. The 18-year-old rookie from Winston-Salem, N.C., withstood a late charge from Drive for Diversity driver Daniel Suarez to hold on to second place. He was followed by Cameron Hayley and Jesse Little in third and fourth respectively. Suarez fell back to fifth place, his third top-five finish of the season.
Fellow Drive for Diversity pilot Ryan Gifford finished sixth, followed by rookies Kaz Grala and Brodie Kostecki. Sergio Pena and Eddie MacDonald rounded out the top 10.