Ben Rhodes wins Truck season opener at Daytona

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Ben Rhodes won Friday night’s season opener for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway in a wild overtime finish.

On the final lap, Cory Roper took the lead in Turn 1 and looked poised to score an upset victory. But off Turn 4, Rhodes was able to get to the outside of Roper. As multiple drivers behind him wrecked, Rhodes completed the pass in the tri-oval to win.

“As a driver, you’re always asked about what your biggest accomplishment is – this is it,” Rhodes told FS1 after the race. “This is hands-down it. This is the place to be. I can’t even believe it.

“… I’m gonna soak it up for as long as I can. That last Darlington win went by too fast, and you just don’t know when you’re gonna get it again. But I’m gonna enjoy this night. Best night of my life, right here.”

Jordan Anderson took the white flag in 11th place, but made a stellar charge to the front and passed Roper to finish second.

It’s the second consecutive runner-up for Anderson in the Truck season opener at Daytona.

Roper’s third place finish was a career-best for him in the Trucks. Niece Motorsports teammates Ryan Truex and Carson Hocevar completed the top five.

In her full-time Truck debut, Hailie Deegan ran inside the top-10 for much of the race, but spun on Lap 81 and hit the inside backstretch wall.

She drove back to pit road for damage repair and returned to the race. She finished 24th, three laps down.

This story will be updated…

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