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Codie Rohrbaugh, CR7 Motorsports asking NASCAR community for prayers; support for eight-year-old

Courtesy Photo: CR7 Motorsports

By: Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver, Codie Rohrbaugh is asking for support from the NASCAR Community for eight-year-old Joshua Shirk from West Virginia.

Shirk suffered a near fatal kayak accident five weeks ago on May 17 while kayaking with family. He is now in the process of recovering after his kayak capsized and he became trapped in debris under the water.

When Shirk’s family was finally able to pull him to safety, the child had no pulse. With the quick work by medical workers at the [local] hospital, he was revived but remained in critical condition.

In the last week, he has made improvements having come off a breathing machine but he still needs support and prayers as he has also started physical rehabilitation.

“This is really important to me,” said Rohrbaugh. “I’ve been heartbroken for a couple weeks now and even though Joshua is making strides, he still has a long road to recovery. I am asking the NASCAR community to support him by offering their thoughts and prayers to his family. It really means a lot to me.”

Grant County Mulch, Rohrbaugh’s primary partner for Pocono this Saturday gave up their space on his truck to place pictures of Joshua, asking those to join the CR7 Motorsports team in the power of prayer and strength.

“I have a young son, so as a parent I am [absolutely] gutted for Joshua’s parents, expressed Rohrbaugh. “However, they have remained strong and upbeat and have done so because of the love and prayers shown to them from family, friends, and strangers. I want the NASCAR community and race fans from across the country to do the same. Hopefully, we can have a good run on Saturday and give them some national television exposure too.”

Shirk’s family and friends have created a Facebook page [FightingandBelieving] and the slogan, “He’s Fighting, We’re Believing!”

26-year old Rohrbaugh will make his NGROTS Pocono Raceway debut in tomorrow’s event. In five previous races in 2020, he has a best finish of third in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. He currently sits 17th in the driver points standings.

Tune into the Pocono Organics 150 to benefit Farm Aid tomorrow June 27 at 12:30 PM ET on FS1.

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