Still reflecting on their second top-10 finish of the season nearly three weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team head to Chicagoland Speedway for Thursday’s SCOTT 150 looking for their first career-top five finish.
Knowing that his Mark Huff-led team has showcased speed throughout the season, Rohrbaugh is confident that his family-owned team can head to Chicagoland and be a contender.
“Michigan was good for us, but we weren’t satisfied with 10th,” said Rohrbaugh who also scored a ninth-place finish earlier this season at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
“We had a better car than 10th but got trapped making a green flag pit stop and didn’t have enough laps to recover.
“We learned a lot though as a team and I think these last couple of off weeks will be a benefit to us on Thursday night.”
Rohrbaugh will make his second start at the 1.5-mile oval but look to rebound from an early race accident last year that stole the team’s optimistic approach after qualifying fifth.
“We didn’t get to turn a lot of laps last year – but we were super-fast,” recalled Rohrbaugh.
“Mark (Huff, crew chief) thinks we can have a similar setup this year and be just as quick. I hope so. We don’t have a whole lot of ARCA races left this season, so we just need to make the most of every opportunity.”
Knowing Thursday night’s race will click away in a hurry, Rohrbaugh says it’s important for the team to make sure they have a car that can keep up with the changing track conditions.
“We’ll practice in the day and qualifying in the early evening and then race a short time later,” explained Rohrbaugh. “That’s a lot of transition for these race cars, especially when the race finishes under the lights.
“You want to have that speed through the center and off the exit of the turn to carry you down the straightaways. If we can do that – especially get your No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet to maneuver through the bumps, we should be in good shape.
“It’s going to be another stacked race with a lot of fast cars and drivers. We’re not running for points though, so we just gotta be respectful, run our race and see what happens.
“Hopefully, it’s something good. Right now, it looks like we won’t race ARCA again until Pocono in July.”
While the team’s presence in ARCA is important, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team is working hard behind the scenes preparing for a possible advancement to the next level later this summer.
“We’re not quite ready to announce what we’ll be doing next, but we’re getting pumped up about it,” offered Rohrbaugh. “It’s going to be a challenge, but if anyone knows us, we thrive at challenges and playing that underdog role. I look forward to hopefully making our announcement by the time Pocono gets here in about a month.”
In 15 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of eighth at Kansas Speedway (October 2017) after starting a career-best eighth at Michigan International Speedway in June 2017.
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The Scott 150 (100 laps |150 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thur., June 28 with a two and half hour session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).
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