Officials from Grant County Mulch Racing (GCMR) announced today the team with driver Codie Rohrbaugh will not participate in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway as previously announced.
The part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team driven by Petersburg, West Virginia native Rohrbaugh has elected to forgo the season finale in lieu of preparing for 2019, which is expected to see the team increase their schedule significantly.
“It’s a bummer that we won’t be competing at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend,” said Rohrbaugh who also competes in the ARCA Racing Series.
“Instead of racing on Friday night, we opted to invest the sponsorship dollars for this race and apply it towards next year which included acquiring another truck and engine.
“We were pleased with our on-track results this year, but as a team, we strive to do better, so we’ll work hard during the off-season to prepare and learn in hopes of a successful 2019 season.”
The Mooresville, N.C.-based team will open up their 2019 racing season by competing in both the ARCA Racing Series season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, and the rebranded NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series opener also at Daytona, the following Friday night Feb. 15, 2019.
Added Rohrbaugh, “It will be double-duty from one of my favorite race tracks and skipping Homestead will allow us to focus on the ARCA car a little more for the open test at Daytona, while also begin preparing a brand-new truck for my superspeedway debut early next week.”
Rohrbaugh, 24, made his Truck Series debut this summer at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, qualifying 25th and finishing 16th. In his other series start at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2, he finished 17th after qualifying 26th in the JAG Metals 350.
In 18 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including his most recent ARCA race at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).
Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Ford for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at [email protected] or 304.257.8783.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps | 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 16 from 8:35 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., while final practice is set for 10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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