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School's out: NASCAR's Ben Rhodes skipping prep commencement for Xfinity Series racing debut

  • NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes stands on the finish line at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes stands on the finish line at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes checks out his garage at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes checks out his garage at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes checks his cell phone at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    NASCAR xFinity driver Ben Rhodes checks his cell phone at Iowa Speedway, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Newton, Iowa. Rhodes is skipping his high school commencement so he can make his NASCAR xFinity debut Sunday at Iowa Speedway. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

Ben Rhodes doesn't have time for his graduation ceremony.

He's already poised to move on to the next phase of his racing career.

The 18-year-old Rhodes is skipping the commencement at Louisville's Holy Cross High to make his NASCAR Xfinity series debut on Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

Rhodes will pilot the No. 88 JR Motorsports car typically driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the first stand-alone race of the season for NASCAR's second-tier series.

Rhodes will run 10 Xfinity races this summer.