The dream season just seems to keep going for Ben Rhodes. The Louisville, Kentucky driver scored his fourth consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and fifth overall on the season at Langley Speedway (VA) in the Visit Hampton VA 175 Saturday night.
“I was holding back a bit tonight just because I didn’t know when others were going to go or if we were going to get a late caution,” said Rhodes. “We would get pressure on restarts and the last one was a little tricky with five to go, but I had saved enough to make it work.”
The win for Rhodes was his fourth consecutive which tied him with 1991 series champion Ricky Craven for the most consecutive stand-alone victories in a row.
“I don’t think about these numbers,” said Rhodes. “When I hear them I think, ‘Oh, well that’s a good pat on the back.’ I just want to work hard and we don’t want to quit. We know we are going to have to work hard each time as everyone else is just as hungry as we are to win.”
Rhodes took the lead on lap 14 and led the final 162 lap to push his laps-led total to 714 for the year. That puts him third all-time behind Brett Moffitt in 2012 (782) and Craven’s all time record of 1117 set back in 1991.
“I try to look at it like we have not had any of this success,” said Rhodes. “We are going to keep doing what we have been doing and that’s put fast race cars on the track each week. We look at every race as a new challenge and we keep moving forward.”
Cameron Hayley finished second, which marked his second-straight podium finish. The two runs moved him from fourth in points to second.
“Our car got tight early on so we knew we need to save a lot for the end,” said Hayley. “We saved tires until my crew chief Mardy Lindley said it was time to go. It was hard to go so I made up most of my group on restarts. It was a good finish and hopefully we can beat Ben soon.”
Third was Kenzie Ruston, whose third consecutive top-10 finish has moved her from 14th to ninth in the standings.
“We are getting closer and closer,” said Ruston. “I can’t thank the Ben Kennedy Racing team enough for the car they gave me to drive tonight. We didn’t have a winning car, but we are close to having that.”
The rest of the top five saw pole sitter Scott Heckert log his second top-five run of the season after he was third at Iowa last month. Fellow Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Kaz Grala scored his career-best finish with fifth.
The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race will be on Friday, July 11th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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