Ben Rhodes Slide Jobs late to win the Bristol Dirt Race

In short

Ben Rhodes overtook both John Hunter Nemechek and Carson Hocevar by less than five laps to continue on his way to scoring his first win of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night. , 16 April. Hocevar and Nemechek finished second and third, respectively, followed by Parker Kligerman and Christian Eckes in fourth and fifth place.

The victory that could have been

There were only two executives in Saturday night’s filthy event – Rhodes and Hocevar.

Rhodes continued to win Saturday night, but before the final flag of care, he was on his way to navigating his first Truck Series career victory.

After Rhodes included both phases one and two, Toyota no. 99 finally came out on the ball after most of the field, which had already come out on the ball after the end of the first phase, had been left out. She left the door open for the 19-year-old Niece Motorsports driver to inherit the lead – and even to keep it.

For 55 laps from 150 laps up to that point, and through four warnings and three restarts, Hocevar kept strong chargers like Nemechek and Kligerman to maintain his lead.

But he could not hold it for a fourth restart.

Rhodes, who had resumed fourth, broke the top line and exploded from Nemechek’s number 4 in the final six-lap restart to finish. With just four laps to go and just number 42 ahead of him, Rhodes did a sliding job – a major move in the world of racetracks – to take the lead from Hocevar.

Hoçevar finished second. Another chance at that increasingly elusive first victory was gone.

Racing notes

Dirt Aces and Dirt Rookies

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series offers two track races in the series schedule, the best of the three major national series.

Like NASCAR street bells (drivers living in their races in the world of sports cars or in open car races), we will often see aces of dirt tracks coming into the sport to try their power in stock machines.

Saturday night had its fair share.

Most prominent was the first start of Buddy Kofoid, the current defending champion of the USAC National Midget Series.

Kofoid drove number 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports on Saturday night, starting on the 32nd and ending his first Truck Series starting at the 27th – though looking at where he started and where he ended, certainly not justifies his efforts. At one point, Kofoid was fine and really a threat to victory.

After he was entered in the top 10 and finished seventh in the second round, Kofoid seemed to be in the lead among his KBM teammate Nemechek. In the final stages of the race, his dirty ability was in full display, and with 10 laps to go, he was running down potential Rhodes leader for position.

Behind him was Ty Majeski, and very unlike Kofoid, Saturday night was Majeski’s first race on the ground, points.

Majeski, who had grown up in the world of iRacing and late model racing on short asphalt rails, had never competed in a dirt track race in his life. This seemed hard to believe, because for most of the night, truck no. 66 competed within the top five.

However, with 10 laps ahead, their worlds collided. Literally.

Mayeski would close his night on the 21st.

Himself and DiBenedetto get confused … literally

Exactly when you think you have seen it all.

It was shortly after the start of the final stage when Austin Wayne Self and Matt DiBenedetto found themselves in the middle of a dirty sandwich as everyone shouted for position. In the middle of the mess, DiBenedetto tried to make a slip on Self number 22.

Himself hit the back of DiBenedetto and continued to push it to the rest of the corner. Then, he continued to push her right away. Then in the other corner.

It was around then they probably realized something was wrong.

While still connected, both Self and DiBenedetto stopped in the background, leaving fans, drivers, officials, and almost anyone you can think of in the NASCAR world all confused to scratch their heads in confusion.

It took a six-minute red flag, a tow truck and many security crew members to remove the two Chevrolet trucks.

Himself (who at one point was third) and DiBenedetto finished in 35th and 36th place, second last and last, respectively.

Novice Report 2022

Nr. 9 – Blaine Perkins
Nr. 24 – Jack Wood
Nr. 40 – Dean Thompson
Nr. 45 – Illegal Alan
Nr. 51 – Corey Heim

Number of beginners in the race: 4
Number of beginners in the top 10: 0
Rookie of the Race: Thompson (16)

Score ratio: With his wiping and perfect win on stage, not only has Rhodes locked himself in the 2022 Truck Series playoffs, he has increased his lead in the regular season standings.

Chandler Smith, who also closed in the playoffs, and Stewart Friesen are second and third, respectively, 38 and 51 points behind.

Zane Smith, who is also locked in the play-offs, is fourth, with Nemechek and Eckes following closely. All three are within 72 points of the lead.

Seventh is Majeski, with Tanner Gray continuing a quiet successful 2022 year in eighth, 85 points behind. Hocevar, who had a strong showing on Saturday night, broke into the top 10 and now ranks ninth in the standings, seven points for the best in the play-offs.

He and Matt Crafton are both in the bubble of the playoff rankings, with Grant Enfinger just nine points behind in 11th place.

Regular winners of the series: Zane Smith (Daytona, COTA), Chandler Smith (Las Vegas), Ben Rhodes (Bristol Dirt)

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Next

After a few weeks off, Truck Series visits Track Too Tough to Tame, Darlington Raceway.

Coverage for the Dead On Tools 200 in Darlington begins Friday evening, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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