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  • October 2, 2015
  • By Jon Torres


  It was a great weekend of racing action at Kentucky Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th, and BIGS was a part of it, thanks to 18-year-old NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ben Rhodes. This is how it all went down.

A few weeks back, one of our BIGS associates noticed a bag of seeds in the background of a video Ben did preparing for the race weekend. We reached out to Ben, and sent him some sample bags for him and his No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions / JR Motorsports team as well as some sample bags for the fans during his race weekend at the track.

Ben and his sponsors allowed us to have a presence at his show car, and it was a hit! At the end of the weekend, there wasn’t a single sample bag left anywhere at Kentucky Speedway!

We were surprised with a video at the track from Ben, where he announced if he finished in the top 10 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday at the track, he would donate $1000 to our Buy a Bag, Help Give a Bag to America’s Bold Troops campaign. We already had a reason to cheer for Ben, but when the green flag dropped, we all were cheering loudly for him. Unfortunately, he was collected in a wreck early on, but he never gave up, racing from the back to within the top 10 a few times before the damage from earlier in the race eventually sidelined his car.

After the race, we received this message from Ben:

“Thank you for providing seeds to my team and myself as well as the fans during the weekend. Everyone enjoyed the seeds and we had a blast having you all at the track with us in our show car and merchandise tent.

“Even though I didn’t finish in the top 10, I am going to still donate $1000 to your Buy a Bag, Help Give a Bag program. I am a big supporter of the U.S. Military, and I think what you all at BIGS are doing is great! Thank you for supporting the troops!”

Thanks Ben! We appreciate your support for the U.S. Military as well!

For more on Ben Rhodes, make sure to check out his website at, and visit him on Facebook at and on Twitter at