Rhodes Puts Pack Back on Track

Submitted by Ashlyn Shore on Wednesday Jun 01, 2016.

NC State student Harrison Rhodes placed 24th out of 40 drivers at the Xfinity Hisense 4K TV 300 on Saturday, May 28, at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A senior business major, Rhodes is in his fourth year as a driver on the NASCAR Xfinity circuit and set to graduate in December, completing the degree he has worked on while moonlighting as a driver at speedways around the country.

Rhodes is piloting the No. 97 car sponsored by NC State, decorated with red-and-white stripes, university marks, College of Engineering logos and the #STATEMENT hashtag used by Wolfpack Athletics.

This is his first year driving for the Obaika Racing team, but he's not letting it get in the way of progress toward his degree. He finished the spring semester as a dean’s list student and will take two classes in summer school, business law and online PE 100. He will then be 15 hours away from his degree. Today will be his eighth Xfinity race of the season.

The native of High Point, North Carolina, began racing regularly two years ago shortly after he transferred to NC State following one year at High Point University.

He raced full-time last year with JD Motorsports, finishing in the Top 10 at a race at the Daytona International Speedway and making a splash in the pits and garages with scores of fellow alumni working in the industry while wearing his NC State-branded helmet and racing suit.

Note: This story has been updated by Poole College communications. It was originally posted on the NC State University website. 

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