Rhodes wins Casey’s General Store 150 in Iowa

Bn45fA7CEAArtKKBen Rhodes turned an impressive performance Saturday night into his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series win of the season.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points leader piloted the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway in the Casey’s General Store 150. Rhodes, 17, from Louisville, Ky., led the final 115 laps and bested the field by 2.377 seconds in the combination race between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

Nick Drake, 18, finished second, followed by Scott Heckert, 20. Jay Beasley and Brandon Jones were fourth and fifth, respectively. Drake, Heckert and Beasley — a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program — all recorded career-high finishes in the showcase event.

Brennan Newberry, Daniel Suarez, Ronnie Bassett Jr., David Mayhew and Austin Hill rounded out the top 10.

Mayhew is credited with a victory as the top finishing NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver, the third time he’s accomplished that in the combination race at Iowa. It’s Mayhew’s second straight West win.

Rhodes, who won at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway in March, collected his fifth top five in six races to extend his points lead.

Brodie Kostecki, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, wound up 33rd after being involved in an accident after losing the lead to Rhodes in traffic on Lap 36.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races next in the Armed Forces 150 at Kern County in Bakersfield, Calif., on Saturday, May 17. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to the track Saturday, May 31 with the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Casey’s General Store 150 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind
1 41 Ben Rhodes* 150 Leader
2 15 Nick Drake* 150 2.377
3 34 Scott Heckert 150 4.620
4 44 Jay Beasley* 150 6.944
5 33 Brandon Jones 150 9.090
6 24 Brennan Newberry 150 11.446
7 6 Daniel Suarez 150 11.746
8 04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.* 150 13.607
9 17 David Mayhew 150 14.014
10 22 Austin Hill* 150 14.160
11 4 Sergio Peña 150 14.680
12 26 Greg Pursley 150 14.983
13 00 Cole Custer 150 15.490
14 98 Cameron Hayley 150 16.526
15 99 Patrick Staropoli* 150 17.022
16 96 Kenzie Ruston 150 21.973
17 66 James Bickford* 150 22.253
18 23 Trey Hutchens* 150 22.572
19 2 Ryan Gifford 150 23.998
20 9 Dylan Lupton 150 24.423
21 97 Jesse Little 149 1 Lap
22 11 Thomas Martin 149 1 Lap
23 54 Anthony Giannone 148 2 Laps
24 30 Luis Tyrrell* 148 2 Laps
25 20 Gray Gaulding 147 3 Laps
26 42 Taylor Cuzick 147 3 Laps
27 1 David Garbo Jr.* 145 5 Laps
28 5 Jack Sellers 145 5 Laps
29 12 Giles Thornton 144 6 Laps
30 36 John Wood 144 6 Laps
31 38 Phyl Zubizareta* 122 28 Laps
32 21 MacKenna Bell 82 68 Laps
33 43 Brodie Kostecki* 78 72 Laps
34 16 Brandon McReynolds 68 82 Laps
35 71 Eddie MacDonald 57 93 Laps
36 31 Kaz Grala* 38 112 Laps
37 84 Rich Delong III* 8 142 Laps

 * – Rookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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