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SPARTA, Ky – After a successful test earlier this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Codie Rohrbaugh will make his highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series debut in Friday night’s Crosley 150.
Rohrbaugh’s Grant County Mulch Racing team led by veteran crew chief Mark Huff has spent the summer finessing their No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet SS in preparation for this weekend and with the speed and comfort the family-owned team showed in Tuesday’s seven-hour test, they are optimistic a top-10 finish is in the cars for the penultimate race on the tour.
“We had a really good test,” said Rohrbaugh. “I really wanted to make my ARCA Racing Series debut earlier in the year at like Pocono or Chicagoland, but ARCA wanted me to test before getting on a mile and a half track. We did that earlier this week, I received my approval and I’m ready to go.
“The track changed throughout the day. It started off cool – then got hotter as the day went on. It will kinda be the opposite for the race on Friday. We’ll start off in the hot and then race at night when it’s cooler. We’ve made sure we’re ready to tackle that and hope we can have a good showing for Grant County Mulch and everyone that support us.”
The family-owned team has aligned with Win-Tron Racing who will field an entry in Friday night’s race for Shane Lee. The two teams worked together during the test and on-track results quickly showed the relationship was working.
“Mark and I and the rest of the team too are extremely appreciative to Kevin (Cywinski) and his entire team for being someone we can lean on through this whole experience,” added Rohrbaugh.
“They’ve pointed us in the right direction from day one and I’m confident it’s because of that relationship that we unloaded as fast as we did. Hopefully, we can continue to go forward for practice and qualifying for the race on Friday and see what happens in 100 laps.”
Ultimately, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) driver would like to find his No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet SS in contention for a strong finish in his series debut, but the Petersburg, West Virginia native says finishing the race is just as important – even if that means not contending for the win.
“We’re here to get experience for both me and the team,” he added. “Sure, we would like to come out of the box swinging, but this is racing. You have to be prepared for the unexpected. We’ve accomplished a lot during the test and we came out with the race car intact. If we can do that Friday and have a good finish – a top-10 would be great, then that’s something for us to build on towards the future.
“Ideally, we’d like to go to Kansas Speedway, but we’ll just have to wait and see if that happens.”
In 12 previous NKNPSE starts, the 22-year-old has a best finish of ninth at Stafford (CT.) Motor Speedway in August 2015. A ninth-place qualifying effort at Bristol Motor Speedway in April 2015 is his best time trials effort to date.
Marketing partnership opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact kyle@gcmulch.com.
Following Friday night’s ARCA debut, Rohrbaugh and his team set their sights on their final NASCAR K&N race of the season from Dover International Speedway on Fri., Sept. 30, where the team will make their fifth start of 2016.
The Crosley 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice is set for Friday, September 23 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled later at 4:45 p.m. The event will take the green flag later that night shortly after 8:00 p.m. (ET) The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 2, while also streaming online timing and scoring and an in-race chat at arcaracing.com.
Credit: Chris Knight