KNPSE PRACTICE: Fast Daytona Start For Ben Rhodes

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February 18, 2014 — By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes led the way in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final UNOH Battle At The Beach practice on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Rhodes, a 16-year-old from Louisville, Ky., posted a fast time of 18.373 seconds which translates to 72.498 mph on the .37-mile short track situated on the Superstetch at the “World Center Of Racing.”

Rhodes is a member of the NASCAR Next program that is an industry initiative that spotlights young, talented drivers.

Rookie Nick Drake was second with a time of 18.504 seconds (71.984 mph) followed by Kenzie Ruston at 18.556 seconds (71.783 mph). Daniel Suárez – winner of Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – was fourth 18.565 seconds (71.748 mph) while Brodie Kostecki, another rookie, placed fifth with a time of 18.577 seconds (71.702 mph).

Gray Gaulding, Brandon Gdovic, Brandon McReynolds, Sergio Peña and Lee Pulliam rounded out the top-10 practice performers.

Ruston led the first session of the day followed by Suárez, Rhodes, Lee Pulliam and Cameron Hayley.

Two-lap qualifying is scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start and the UNOH Battle at the Beach is set to get underway at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour race followed by the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at approximately 8:45 p.m.

NASCARHomeTracks.com will provide a live video stream of the qualifying.

Live race coverage on FOX Sports 2 will begin at 7 p.m. while radio coverage on the Motor Racing Network with live streaming MRN.com and SiriusXM NASCAR Ch. 90 gets underway at 6:45 p.m.

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