Ben Rhodes won NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series championship Friday night in thrilling fashion. After the victory, it was time to celebrate, but there was the pesky matter of the post-race press conference. Fortunately for all of us, Rhodes showed up, but only after he was pretty well lubricated. He wound up giving a masterful performance.
Rhodes readily admitted he was “lit” during a 16-minute podium performance the likes of which we’ve rarely seen. He made goofy noises, often asked reporters to repeat their questions, gave a shoutout to the movie Phenomenon and burped right into the mic on a number of occasions. The man was in rare form, displaying pure joy that can only be displayed by someone who is drunk on the sweet taste of victory … and champagne … and Bud Light.
Here’s video of Rhodes getting the party started:
Here he is walking in for the presser:
And here is his full press conference:
That is just an all-timer. It’s right up there with Ron Artest’s presser after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.
Here’s a look at the finish of the race that saw the championship come right down to the wire:
For how close that was, we can understand why Rhodes felt he had to drink so much. A pretty incredible finish. It was the 26-year-old’s season truck series title, as he won it in 2021 as well.