Ben Rhodes returns to ThorSport Racing for 2017 campaign

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

The third of four available seats at ThorSport Racing has been filled, as Ben Rhodes announced Tuesday that he will return for his sophomore season with the Ohio-based organization in 2017.

Rhodes, 19, will pilot the No. 27 Toyota for the team in the upcoming Camping World Truck Series season with continued support from Alpha Energy Solutions. The Louisville, Ky., native joins Matt Crafton and Cody Coughlin as confirmed drivers for the team.

“This is an amazing opportunity to be partnered with Toyota and ThorSport Racing again for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season,” Rhodes said in a statement. “The 2016 season had a lot of ups and downs, but we have put all that in the rearview mirror, and we’re focused on the year ahead. We have a new team, a new number, and great support from Toyota. With the NASCAR changes to the race and point structure, the No. 27 team will be up front contending for segment wins and race victories to get us into the playoffs and contend for the championship.”

Eddie Troconis will move over to Rhodes’ team as a crew chief after serving the same role for Cameron Hayley in 2016. The Mexican signal caller earned six top fives and 11 top 10s in his rookie season atop the box.

A 2014 K&N Pro Series East champion, Rhodes earned two top fives and five top 10s en-route to a 14th-place points result in his rookie season. The Kentuckian also has 10 XFINITY Series starts, coming in 2015 with JR Motorsports. Rhodes tallied two top 10s during the stint.

ThorSport Racing’s fourth driver is expected to be announced soon.

The 2017 Truck Series schedule will begin with the  Feb. 24, NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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