Rhodes Is Dominant At Bowman Gray
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ben Rhodes turned in a dominant victory in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 Saturday night in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East action at historic Bowman Gray Stadium.
Rhodes became the first driver in four all-time races at The Stadium to win from the pole. He led all but one of the 152 circuits to emerge with his third victory of the season and extend his lead in the K&N Pro Series East championship standings.
Rhodes’ triumph was not without challenges, however. He had to keep his No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet out in front through 12 caution restarts on the tight quarter-mile for the hard-earned win.
The final caution set up a green-white-checkered flag finish where Daniel Suarez beat Rhodes to the line to lead restart Lap 150, but Rhodes regained the advantage and held on for the checkers.
Suarez, who rallied from back in the pack after starting from the rear after making contact with the outside retaining wall during his qualifying run, finished as the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 runner-up and Austin Hill joined him on the Bowman Gray podium in third. Brandon Jones and Ronnie Bassett Jr. brought home the top five.
Rhodes’ point lead grew to 49 over Gaulding with Suarez and Cameron Hayley in third and fourth, respectively.
Earlier in the evening Rhodes set the series’ track qualifying record at Bowman Gray in recording his fourth 21 Means 21 Pole Award by Coors Brewing Company.
1. (1) Ben Rhodes, Louisville, Ky., Chevrolet, 152 laps, 37.853 mph.
2. (20) Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico, Toyota, 152.
3. (12) Austin Hill, Winston, Ga., Ford, 152.
4. (11) Brandon Jones, Atlanta, Ga., Chevrolet, 152.
5. (4) Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C., Toyota, 152.
6. (3) Gray Gaulding, Colonial Heights, Va., Chevrolet, 152.
7. (14) Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn., Toyota, 152.
8. (9) Kenzie Ruston, El Reno, Okla., Chevrolet, 152.
9. (5) Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev., Toyota, 152.
10. (6) Nick Drake, Mooresville, N.C., Toyota, 152.
11. (7) Kaz Grala, Westborough, Mass., Chevrolet, 151.
12. (2) Scott Heckert, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (18) Mackena Bell, Carson City, Nev., Toyota, 149.
14. (16) Sam Hunt, Midlothian, Va., Toyota, 147.
15. (10) Brennan Newberry, Bakersfield, Calif., Chevrolet, 146.
16. (13) Jesse Little, Sherrills Ford, N.C., Chevrolet, 145.
17. (19) Trey Hutchens, Lexington, N.C., Chevrolet, 145.
18. (15) Cameron Hayley, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Chevrolet, 122.
19. (17) John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C., Toyota, 76, overheating.
20. (8) Sergio Pena, Winchester, Va., Toyota, 68, accident.