This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 12, 2018
Ben Rhodes grew up at the Kentucky Speedway.
He drove past it going to go-kart races. He’s raced on it, and when the gate’s unlocked and no one’s watching, he sneaks in to look around and occasionally send selfies.
For Rhodes, a Louisville-native, the track might not be his literal home, but it’s as close as it gets in the racing world. And on Thursday night, Rhodes won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Buckle Up Your Truck 225 at the Kentucky Speedway.
As he crossed the finish line, fans in the bleachers above roared beneath the sound of his engine. The local kid won his second career race, and to this point, his self-proclaimed biggest win yet. (continue reading here)