KANSAS CITY, Kansas – With his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut behind him at Kentucky Speedway three weeks ago, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team turn to Friday night’s ARCA Kansas 150 looking to end their short ARCA season in style.
Looking sharp coming out of the box after a successful open-test at the 1.5-mile track last month, Rohrbaugh netted much needed seat time to earn a respectable 13th place finish in the Crosley 150 after starting 11th.
While the finish was hindered with some small setbacks, his GCM team led by veteran crew chief Mark Huff knows they’ll rebound from those hiccups and aim to put their ARCA rookie driver in contention for a top-10 finish in his second career ARCA start.
“Man, I’m just glad to be getting back in an ARCA car,” said Rohrbaugh who recently competed his season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. “Honestly, despite some minor things we had an blast at Kentucky. We had a pretty fast No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet, but just ran out of laps to make any progression further.
“We said if the car came away unscathed from Kentucky we’d go to Kansas so here we are.”
Knowing that the 20th and final race of the ARCA Racing Series season is prone to be fitted with one of the stoutest fields of the year, Rohrbaugh and his team are anxious to get to the track and see where they stand.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of help from Win-Tron Racing,” added Rohrbaugh. “We’re our own group on race weekend, but they helped us get our ARCA program up and running. It’s because of them and the hard work of the GCM team that we unloaded so well at Kentucky and we’re hoping that that pattern will continue at Kentucky.
“It’s going to be a strong field. Always is in any series at the end of the year as teams and drivers try to get a jump start on the next season. For us, we’re planning to have a bigger presence in ARCA next year – but before we can run with that, we gotta focus on Kansas.”
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 flashy finish in his second series start, but the Petersburg, West Virginia native says finishing the race is just as important – the second time around.
“We’re here again 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 at Kentucky and we came out with a solid finish. A top-10 would be great, then that’s something for us to build on towards the future.”
In 13 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.
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The Kansas ARCA 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice is set for Friday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., with a final session planned from 10:35 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled later at 2:25 p.m. The event will take the green flag later that night shortly after 7:30 p.m. (CT). The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while also streaming online timing and scoring and an in-race chat at arcaracing.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Codie Rohrbaugh, driver of the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Grant County Mulch Racing. (Photo Credit: Grace Krenrich).