Forest City, NC(October 17, 2011) -- As Fat Head Racing raced into the Dwight Huffman Memorial at Hickory Motor Speedway, it was a bittersweet day as they said goodbye to one of their drivers, Ronnie Bassett, Jr. while seeing one of their youngest, Ben get the chance to blossom.
Rhodes made the first noise of the weekend as he put his Fat Head Racing entry on the outside pole for the prestigous 177-lap race, but when the weekend drew to a close it was Bassett, who put his FHR car in victory lane for the fourth time in the 2011 season, his first with FHR. Bassett's contract with the team was up with one final start in the Huffman race and he and his Chris Lawson led team made the most of it as they qualified fifth and drove home to the win after a late race duel with track champion, Jesse LeFevers.
While it was the perfect way to close out Bassett's tenure with FHR, Rhodes was looking to log some laps in the tracks biggest event in anticipation of his first UARA touring series start this weekend at Newport. However, Rhodes was dealt a bad hand as he slipped back in traffic early and got spun out by a former graduate of the FHR Driver Development program. Look for Rhodes to make his first UARA start at Newport on October 22nd along with Marcus Zukanovic as George Miedecke looks to gain points in his quest for the series championship.