Ben Rhodes’ (pictured, right) recent run of dominance in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finally came to an end today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Rhodes had won the last four K&N East races going into today’s Granite State 100 at the Magic Mile, and another win would have pulled him into a tie with Ricky Craven for most consecutive wins in series history with five.
But late in the running today at NHMS, everything went wrong for Rhodes. He was second for a restart on Lap 83 of 100, but lost multiple positions. He fell further back on another restart at Lap 89, and when the race resumed following a red flag at Lap 92, he was in ninth.
Then, the bottom fell out…
Rhodes would finish 22nd as the race for the win turned wild on the final lap. Nick Drake led the race at the white flag but Brandon Jones’ attempt to pass him inside at Turn 3 ended with the two making contact and wrecking.
That opened the door for 17-year-old Jesse Little (Sherrills Ford, North Carolina) to go by and take the checkered flag for his first K&N East win in his 33rd career series start.
Eddie MacDonald finished second, followed by Cale Conley, Jay Beasley, and Chad Finley. Jones and Drake were credited with 21st and 24th place, respectively.
The K&N East series will now head to Columbus, Ohio for a race on Saturday, July 19.