KNPSE PRACTICE: Rhodes Posts Fastest Laps At Greenville; Sets Sight On K&N East Title

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — By Amaris Noble, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — Ben Rhodes is picking up right where he left off.

Rhodes, who won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway earlier this year, posted the fastest time in practice at the half-mile oval Saturday afternoon.

The 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had a fast time of 20.900 seconds (86.124 mph) in the first 45-minute practice for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140. Rhodes needs only to finish 13th or better in the race to clinch his first series championship.

Austin Hill was the second fastest in the first practice with a time of 21.202 (84.898 mph) and Gray Gaulding followed in third with a time of 21.224 (84.810 mph).

Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Cameron Hayley were fourth and fifth, respectively. Nick Drake, Sergio Pena, Kaz Grala and Scott Heckert rounded out the top 10.

Rhodes also posted the fastest lap in the final 30-minute practice at 21.379 seconds (84.195 mph).

Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET with the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 starting at 8 p.m.

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