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No. 99 NASCAR Ford F-150 Victorious At Charlotte 2023: Video

Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 NASCAR Ford F-150 in the Truck Series, took advantage of a three-wide situation on a late-race restart to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26th, 2023.

After a restart on Lap 111, Carson Hocevar in the No. 42 Chevy Silverado RST commanded the lead, but found himself in the center lane as Rhodes’ No. 99 F-150 and Corey Heim’s No. 11 Toyota Tundra split him on either side. However, as they did battle behind him, Rhodes and the No. 99 F-150 checked out and led all the way to the checkered flag.

“I didn’t think we were that good in practice,” Rhodes admitted after the race. “I didn’t qualify the best, and here it came to life at night… Oh, man, I had so much fun. This is so much fun. Charlotte is a track that we come to – ThorSport Racing, we’re based in Sandusky, Ohio – we come to the North Carolina guys’ house, and we like to win.”

Victory at Charlotte marked Rhodes’ first of the 2023 Truck Series season, and his first at the 1.5-mile asphalt oval. He crossed the line with 2.398 seconds over Heim’s No. 11 Tundra, and is now the ninth different winner in 11 races so far this season. Rhodes also earned a $50,000 bonus for winning the first of three “Triple Truck Challenge” events – and if he wins all three, it could mean an extra $500,000 in his pocket.

“The whole season is so hard to put together,” Rhodes said. “It’s unbelievably hard, and it’s only gotten more difficult over the years… A [slot in the Playoffs] championship being locked in, I’ll take that. The last three races have been so unbelievably hard on my team. We’ve been wrecked in the last three and haven’t had very good showings because of it. So I’ll take the points – thank you.”

NASCAR Truck Series Race Results, Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 26, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 19 99 Ben Rhodes Campers Inn RV Ford 134 37 Ford F-150
2 3 11 Corey Heim Rootly Toyota 134 49 Toyota Tundra
3 7 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
4 12 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 134 43 Chevrolet Silverado RST
5 11 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
6 6 19 Christian Eckes NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
7 2 98 Ty Majeski Road Ranger Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
8 20 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing/WAR Shocks Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
9 34 2 Nick Sanchez # Gainbridge Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
10 17 17 Taylor Gray # Dead On Tools Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
11 4 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
12 24 88 Matt Crafton Planters/Menards Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
13 8 41 Bayley Currey Unishippers Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
14 9 1 David Gilliland Serial 1 E-Bikes Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
15 15 35 Jake Garcia # Quanta Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
16 13 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 134 2 Chevrolet Silverado RST
17 16 45 Lawless Alan AUTOParkit Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
18 10 51 Jack Wood Eberlestock Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
19 18 43 Daniel Dye # Race to Stop Suicide Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
20 22 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
21 26 32 Bret Holmes # Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 134 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
22 5 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
23 14 38 Zane Smith Love's/Speedco Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
24 29 56 Tyler Hill LeithCars.com Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
25 31 22 Mason Maggio ACE Hardware Rock Hill Ford 134 0 Ford F-150
26 36 30 Ryan Vargas Rangeline Group Toyota 134 0 Toyota Tundra
27 1 15 Tanner Gray Black's Tire Toyota 133 3 Toyota Tundra
28 35 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 132 0 Toyota Tundra
29 27 33 Josh Reaume JAG Metals LLC Ford 131 0 Ford F-150
30 28 20 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 131 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
31 25 12 Spencer Boyd Derm Dude Chevrolet 131 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
32 23 2 Kris Wright F.N.B. Corporation Chevrolet 130 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
33 21 13 Hailie Deegan Ford Performance Ford 128 0 Ford F-150
34 32 90 Justin Carroll Carroll's Automotive/Duratain Toyota 122 0 Toyota Tundra
35 30 46 Armani Williams Blue Sprig/Hedgehog Health Toyota 65 0 Toyota Tundra
36 33 34 Keith McGee JAG Metals LLC Ford 20 0 Ford F-150

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. wayne guess

    this series is a joke , it’s not ford powered

    Reply
  2. Michael Thompson

    Why do you guys insist on pushing a series that features 100% General Motors engines. The heart of any racing vehicle is the engine. This is more of a feather in the cap for GM than Ford.

    Reply

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