By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
One week after winning on the oval, Rhodes won the BrakeBet Brake Pads 159 Presented by O’Reilly on Friday night in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race was completed in two hours and nearly 45 minutes.
“Unbelievable, I don’t even have words for it,” Rhodes said after climbing out of this truck just below the flagstand on the front stretch. “I don’t even know what to say, this is so cool. I just have to thank my team. The Bombardier Tundra was fast all day. ThorSport Racing gave me a truck that handled this year and we were fast. Rich (Lushes) is a really good crew chief.
“It’s good to be paired up with him and all of the guys on my team. I’m just thrilled. I don’t know what to say. I’ve been on cloud nine all week, so it’s above that. I’m just so happy.”
This is Rhodes’ fifth Truck Series win in his seven years racing in the category. He already has more wins this season than he had at any point since the 2014 season.
Besides winning at Daytona, he also has won at Las Vegas, Kentucky, and Darlington. He has won three events driving a Toyota.
Also, he has two wins driving a Ford.
It took Rhodes several attempts to win the race. Due to cautions, the race was extended.
Thankfully for Rhodes, he had enough fuel to win the race.
According to NASCAR, Rhodes is just the third driver to win the opening two races in a Camping World Truck Series season.
Chevrolet Silverado sponsored driver Sheldon Creed finished second in overtime. Mobil 1 sponsored driver John Hunter Nemechek finished in the third position.
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“Never fun being the first loser,” Creed said. “But my guys brought a fast truck and I felt like we were on top of the strategy there going to slicks early. Man, got hit by a lapper there leading and I don’t think that did us any favors — and got to the lead, saving fuel, and then worked my way back to the lead and got pushed out the way on the restart, just doing everything I could there. Wished it could have stayed green.”
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