Rhodes wins NASCAR East race at Bowman Gray
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (May 31, 2014) – Ben Rhodes turned in a dominating performance, leading virtually every lap, as he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium.
Rhodes led every lap but one around the tight confines of the legendary quarter-mile facility. The race was extended by two laps due to a caution period.
Rhodes, and every other driver in the 20-car starting field, raced on Goodyear Eagle bias-ply racing slicks. Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the East Series, as well as for the K&N Pro Series West, the Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Mexico Series.
Rhodes started on the pole at Bowman Gray and led the first 149 of the scheduled 150 laps. Daniel Suarez, who started 20th, led the 150th lap but a late caution period brought about a restart and Rhodes led the final two laps.
Suarez finished second, just .614 of a second behind the winner. Austin Hill, the 12th starter, finished third and Brandon Jones, who started 11th, finished fourth. Ronnie Bassett Jr. came home fifth. Rhodes won the pole with a qualifying lap averaging 62.578 mph.
The drivers in the field represented 10 states, ranging from Massachusetts to California, and three nations (the United States, Canada and Mexico).
Rhodes leads the East standings with 298 points. Gray Gaulding, who finished sixth in the race, is second in the standings with 249.Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.