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I was honored to interview Ben Rhodes prior to the Xfinity race at MidOhio Raceway this past weekend. He is a very well spoken, polite, and knowledgeable young man.

In retrospect, it appears I asked him the same questions everyone else did. And his official press release gave pretty much the same responses to the questions I asked him.

He was confident going into the race, learning from last week’s race at Watkins Glen. He told me he had to stay out of trouble. He felt he could get at top 15, but hoped for a top ten finish. He qualified eighth, and finished tenth. His venture into the gravel pit didn’t hurt him too much.

I questioned why Ben wasn’t running any other series races, like K&N or ARCA. I echoed the questions raised by Tim Clagg and Charlie Krall over at arcaracing.com, if the lack of seat time was hurting his Xfinity run. Ben stated that there was less distraction, allowing him to stay focused instead on the Xfinity series.

When I spoke with Ben, he hadn’t yet met his Nationwide Patient Champion, Alexandra. He had done some videos for her, and mentioned to me that he had some gifts for her when he finally did get the chance to meet her.

With an eye towards the future, Ben stated that if he could win his next five races, no one will remember his prior Xfinity races. The former K&N series champ is an up and coming NASCAR driver to keep your eye on!