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Rhodes’ No. 41 Team Fined, Crew Chief Suspended for Atlanta

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Ben Rhodes enjoyed a stout fourth-place finish in last Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, but it has since been overshadowed by an L1 penalty handed out by NASCAR Wednesday.

The outcomes of the penalty have also led to the suspension crew chief Eddie Troconis for Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Additionally, Troconis was fined $5,000 after the rear of Rhodes’ No. 41 Ford F-150 was too low during post-race inspection.

ThorSport Racing will also be penalized 10 driver and owner points, relegating Rhodes from seventh to 16th in the Camping World Truck Series standings.

Rhodes is tied in points with Norm Benning and trailing co-eighth-place holders Jordan Anderson and Cody Coughlin by five points. If a tiebreak is needed, his finish at Daytona won’t count towards playoff eligibility.

ThorSport made no comments regarding appeals or substitutions for Troconis.

Entering his second season with Rhodes, the duo finished fifth in last season’s series standings and scored an elusive win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Despite early setbacks in their quest for a championship, Rhodes’ first two trips at Atlanta has been successful, recording two top-10 finishes with a fourth-place effort last year being his personal best.

The No. 41 team will bring “Jasmine” to Atlanta, a truck that captured a pole at Pocono Raceway and led 43 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a three-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.