- Ben Rhodes won his second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship and first with Ford after winning tonight’s Craftsman 150.
- It also marks the second consecutive series championship for F-150 after Zane Smith won the title a year ago with Front Row Motorsports.
- Rhodes is the fifth driver in NCTS history to win multiple titles, joining Ron Hornaday Jr., Matt Crafton, Jack Sprague and Todd Bodine.
- This also marks Ford’s third series championship in the last five years after Matt Crafton won in 2019 and Smith in 2022.
- Ford has now won the title four times overall with Greg Biffle being the first to do it in 2002.
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Ford Performance and ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes claimed his second series championship in the last three years, and the second consecutive for Ford, with a hard-earned fifth-place finish in the No. 99 Ford F-150 Cautions in a race filled with restarts, retribution, extra laps and high-action Friday night at Phoenix Raceway.
The evening that featured 12 caution periods, 29 laps of overtime competition and plenty of high-stakes racing – especially among the four championship contenders that earned a chance to settle the season title.
“I can’t even believe it,” the 26-year-old Kentucky native Rhodes said of his dramatic title win. “It’s just so awesome, man. To go 25 laps into overtime, do you know what that feels like? It’s crazy. I didn’t think we were going to make it. I thought we were going to pop a tire, that anything that could have gone wrong was going to go wrong. Grant [Enfinger] almost got me. But hats off to him, he ran a great race. I wouldn’t want to race against anybody else for the championship. He raced me clean, and I respect the heck out of him for it.”