Thursday, November 23, 2023

Ben Rhodes Tops Opening NASCAR Truck Practice at Knoxville

Ben Rhodes, who won the NASCAR Truck Series Dirt Race at Bristol, paced opening practice for the Clean Harbors 150 at Knoxville on Friday. Photo Credit: Lesley Ann Miller, LAT Images, Courtesy of Toyota Racing

Ben Rhodes, the dirt racing expert? It appears so as the winner of April’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bristol Dirt Race was the fastest truck in opening practice for Saturday’s Clean Harbors 150 at Knoxville Raceway.

Rhodes, who did go for a spin at one point in the session, turned a quick time of 23.033 sec., which equates to a 74.599 mph lap around the half-mile dirt track nestled in the Marion Country Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa.

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The defending Truck Series champion, Rhodes was nearly four-tenths of a second faster than Stewart Friesen.

Friesen turned a fast lap of 23.407 sec. which was good enough for runner-up in the session.

Carson Hocevar, who broke his tibia a couple of weeks ago at WWT Raceway at Gateway, turned the third-fastest lap of practice. Ty Majeski and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five fastest in the session.

Brett Moffitt, John Hunter Nemechek, Kraus, Tanner Gray and Todd Gilliland slotted in sixth through 10th.

Notable performances in the session include dirt ringers Buddy Kofoid (13th), Tyler Carpenter (17th) and Dylan Westbrook (20th).

Here are the full results from opening practice:

Practice 1 Results: 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Clean Harbors 150

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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