Ben Rhodes on Pole: Starting Lineup for Richmond NASCAR Truck Series Race

Published 04/15/2021, 5:54 AM EDT
Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver John Hunter Nemechek (4) leads Sheldon Creed (2) and Ben Rhodes (99) during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR Truck Series drivers will be racing at the Richmond Raceway. Of course, because of the severe restrictions, NASCAR is once again resorting to its special formula for deciding the grid. For this weekend, Ben Rhodes is going to start on pole position. Alongside him on the front row will be Austin Hill in the #16 truck with Grant Enfinger and Stewart Friesen behind them.

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Raphael Lessard will complete the top five, with Zane Smith alongside him in sixth place. Completing the top 10 will be Matt Crafton, Todd Gilliland, Sheldon Creed and Austin Wayne Self. Just outside the Top 10 are Tanner Gray and Kyle Busch, who is taking over the wheel of the #51 truck.

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Additionally, Carson Hocevar and Hailie Deegan will share the seventh row in 13th and 14th place, respectively. Lining up behind them will be Chase Purdy and Ryan Truex. Rounding out the Top 20 drivers will beBrett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter and Codie Rohrbaugh.

How does the rest of the Truck Series field line up?

Cory Roper and Kris Wright wind up outside the Top 20, with Chandler Smith and Tate Fogleman behind them. Row 13 boasts of an all Spencer row, with Davis ahead of Boyd. Timothy Peters, Donny Bohn, Derek Kraus, and Tyler Ankrum make up the Top 30 drivers.

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Feb 19, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Truck Series driver Ben Rhodes (99) takes the white flag ahead of Sheldon Creed (2) during the Brake Best Select 159 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Dawson Cram, Keith McGee, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Timmy Hill will make up the next two rows. Finally, Howie DiSavino III, Jett Noland, Josh Reaume, Norm Benning, Ray Ciccarelli, and Sam Mayer will bring up the rear. Surprisingly, there were no Truck Series drivers that failed to qualify for the race.

This race will be Rhodes’ best chance to snatch the championship lead. Considering that John Hunter Nemechek crashed out last time out at Bristol, Rhodes has a chance to make up lost ground. Nemechek, unfortunately, has a tough challenge ahead of him, starting all the way down in 18th place.

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