By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – ARCA Racing Series veteran Codie Rohrbaugh will trade his Chevrolet SS for a Chevrolet Silverado at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rohrbaugh and his family owned team will attempt their first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the UNOH 200 at Bristol.
Rohrbaugh will have the familiar green and black colors of Grant County Mulch on his No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado. The 24-year-old has two previous starts at Bristol in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a best finish of 22ndin 2015.
“We’re very excited about Bristol this week,” said Rohrbaugh. “It’s a huge step for us to take a very low-key ARCA program and try to make one of the biggest Truck Series races of the year. But, I feel we can do it and do it well. Can’t wait to get on track Thursday.”
Rohrbaugh’s team has competed in just seven of 14 ARCA races this season. In those seven races, the team earned four top-10 finishes, including a career-best seventh-place for the Petersburg, WV native. Rohrbaugh has six top-10 finishes in 17 total ARCA starts.
“The thing that I’m most proud of,” Rohrbaugh continued, “is that despite being a family-owned team, we’ve been fortunate enough and blessed to have the resources to bring fast and competitive cars to the race track.
“We could have made our Truck debut sooner, but we wanted to wait for that right opportunity, that right chance to make an impression. I think Bristol is it. I have experience there before in a K&N car and even though I’ve never raced in a truck, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get comfortable pretty quick and we can focus on qualifying and race runs.”
With 38 trucks entered for Thursday night’s UNOH 200, Rohrbaugh will have to qualify on speed to make the race. Currently, the team has one more ARCA race scheduled, the season-finale at Kansas Speedway. Rohrbaugh also plans to possibly attempt a second Truck race later in the season.
“We don’t have any points, so we need to make the race on speed,” added Rohrbaugh. “Once we’re in the race, we’ll regroup and look to gain a bunch of knowledge and finish the race. If we can do that, the race will be successful. We haven’t really decided which race we’re going to tackle, yet. We’ll see how Bristol goes and then make the decision that’s not only in the best interest of our team, but our partners too. For now, Bristol here we come.”