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NASCAR Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 produces first-time winner in Ankrum, Rhodes is 19th

Tyler Ankrum’s truck was not bare of sponsors, but what the 18-year-old accomplished Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway called to mind the summer night in 2006 when David Gilliland scored a most improbable victory at the track while driving an unsponsored car for a part-time team. Ankrum Gilliland and Bo LeMastus, CEO of Louisville-based Crosley Brands, co-own the No. 17 Toyota that Ankrum drove...

KY Speedway wrapup: Rhodes talks about win, Smithley finishes, NKy Chamber Community Award

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It has been an up and down year for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series(NCWTS) driver Ben Rhodes and the ThorSport Racing team, with more downs than ups recently. Ben Rhodes talks about getting a win at his home track (photos by Mark Hansel) All of that changed Thursday night when Rhodes, from Louisville, guided his No. 41 Ford 150 to Victory Lane in the NCWTS...

Louisville’s Rhodes buckles up home track victory in Camping World Truck Series race at KY Speedway

By Kevin Kelly Kentucky Speedway Ben Rhodes grew up wanting to race at the highest levels of NASCAR, so it helped that he lived relatively close to Kentucky Speedway. Louisville’s Ben Rhodes high fives Kentucky Speedway mascot Horsepower during driver introductions for the Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger is at left (photo by Mark...

Louisville’s Rhodes making an impact on and off track as he shoots for second straight NCWTS playoff

By Benjamin Shipp Northern Kentucky Tribune For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Ben Rhodes, Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway is much more than just any other race. (Photo provided) The 225-mile sprint to the checkered flag is but another chance to edge closer to his goal of becoming NCWTS Champion, it also stands as an opportunity for Rhodes to show his home...

NASCAR’s Rhodes wraps up campaign to honor first responders with fundraiser in hometown of Louisville

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville’s own Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes (provided photo) Ben has also headed up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes has been on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and...

Louisville native headlines ‘All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway’ promotion for Buckle Up 225

NASCAR Truck Series driver and Louisville native Ben Rhodes will be back home and racing at his favorite track at the Kentucky Speedway in the Buckle Up 225 on July 12. Rhodes will be heading up the “All Rhodes Lead to the Kentucky Speedway” promotional campaign. In the four weeks leading up to the race, Rhodes will be on a media tour promoting the race and recognizing and honoring First Responders. Ben...

Bell earns third NASCAR Truck Series win in Kentucky Speedway Buckle Up In Your Truck 225

Christopher Bell earned his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory this season and fifth of his career early Friday by holding off Brandon Jones in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. The 22-year-old overcame a spin early in the race and led the final 37 laps in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “This is pretty special,” said Bell, whose three victories...

Billy Reed: Too focused to fail, Louisville native, NASCAR rookie Ben Rhodes destined for greatness

SPARTA, Ky. – Ben Rhodes has a face made for a Wheaties box, not to mention the cover of Sports Illustrated. At 19, he is boyishly handsome and cool more than cocky. His smile could light up the Toyota factory in Georgetown. When he puts on the decal-spangled silver suit that he wears to work, Rhodes becomes a sort of action hero. Only a year out of Holy Cross High School in Louisville, Rhodes is...

Louisville’s Ben Rhodes making a name for himself on NASCAR Camping World Truck circuit

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward When Ben Rhodes drove past Kentucky Speedway as a kid, on his way to race go karts or Bandloeros not long ago, racing at the “big track” seemed like a dream. That dream comes true Thursday Night when Rhodes and the other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers compete in the first race over Kentucky Speedway’s new surface. The race kicks off the NASCAR tripleheader...