BROOKLYN, Mich. – After a frustrating finish this past weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team have quickly shifted gears hoping for a strong rebound in Friday afternoon’s ZOMONGO 200 at Michigan International Speedway.
The 2.0-mile speedway nestled in the Irish Hills of Michigan is the site of Rohrbaugh’s career-best finish in the series coming last June when the family-owned team finished eighth after starting in the same spot for the 100-lap shootout.
“I’ve been ready for Michigan since about an hour after the checkered flag at Pocono,” said Rohrbaugh. “Our No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet was pretty good at Pocono – just had some bad breaks at the end of the race that hurt our finish.
“Not thinking about Pocono anymore though – just focused ahead on Michigan this week.”
Knowing the worthy performance his Mooresville, N.C.-based team produced a year ago, the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitor believes his team can pick their performance up a notch and compete for a top-five finish on June 8.
“We were so consistent at Michigan last year,” recalled Rohrbaugh. “Mark (Huff, crew chief) just had a really good setup and I just got into a rhythm and we just had a really competitive race. I feel like we can back up our performance on Friday – but I’m ready for a top-five.
“We need it.”
Knowing that his presence on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is on a limited basis, the Petersburg, West Virginia native knows it’s important to keep his team in the spotlight not only at Michigan – but their upcoming races.
“We have Michigan this weekend then Chicagoland at the end of the month, then we’ll have a little bit of a break,” explained Rohrbaugh. “We’re doing what we can with our budget that allows. Everyone at Grant County Mulch has poured a lot into this team and while they’ve been happy with our results, we always want to do better though.
“If we can earn a top-five run at Michigan – we can take that momentum to Chicago and so on.
“Sooner or later, we’d like to elevate our performance up even more and start contending for wins. At the end of the day, that’s our goal heading to the race track each week. To win.”
With Michigan’s dynamic qualities and speeds, the Grant County Mulch Racing team knows the opportunity could present itself for the No. 7 team to pull an upset and steal a victory in the Motor City.
“Michigan could very well turn into a fuel-mileage race, you just never know,” sounded Rohrbaugh.
“It’s one of those tracks that’s prone to long green-flag runs. It could easily go the other way and have a bunch of cautions. You just never know.
“For me though, Michigan is one of those races I circle on the calendar because I feel confident in our team’s abilities. It should be fun.”
With a continued relaxed approach for their recent efforts at Charlotte, Pocono and with Michigan on deck, Rohrbaugh says his team favors their “fly under the radar” style.
“I’d like to think when people see show up at the race track, we’re considered a contender,”
Rohrbaugh explained. “Maybe not a threat to win the race – but at least someone you’ll have to challenge for a good finish.
“Everyone’s been working hard. We’re off to a good start of this three-week stretch, but we can’t let our guard down. We just have to go to the test – do our thing and then shift our concentration on the race. Hopefully, we’ll come out clean and move on to Chicago.
“I’m excited for some of these races we have coming up. Every one of them is an opportunity for us to leave our mark.”
In 14 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 ZOMONGO 200 (100 laps | 200 miles) is the eighth of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., June 8 with a two-hour practice session from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Eastern).
Credit: Grant County Mulch Racing