Codie Rohrbaugh misses out in 3-wide Daytona finish

Photo by Zach Catanzareti/Kickin' The Tires

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

When the checkered flag was in the air Friday night at Daytona International Speedway, it was a round-and-pound tussle between the top two drivers of Grant Enfinger and Jordan Anderson. But waiting in the wings was one Codie Rohrbaugh, who took his No. 9 Chevrolet to the bottom of the frontstretch to cap off a three-wide finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

With the two beating and banging up the track, Rohrbaugh thought he had a shot to sneak by for his first career victory. However, the part-time racer settled for third, far exceeding his prior career-high of 10th at Martinsville one year ago.

“When we were halfway off coming out of Turn 4, I thought we were going to have it,” Rohrbaugh said. “But it just didn’t work out.

“I would have done the same thing [as Enfinger]. Racing for the win.”

Despite the stellar result, the race didn’t go all as planned. The topsy-turvy event bit the West Virginian, as he broke out from the pack mid-race, spinning off Turn 4. With no caution flag, it set the 26-year-old back… way back. From there, the family team tweaked on his Chevy to make it ready for the final stint.

“The guys tightened it up,” he said. “They did a really good job on a couple pit stops. They just worked their tails off the whole race. Never gave up… half a truck length from paying off big time for us.”

Heading next to the West Coast in Las Vegas, Rohrbaugh will follow the circuit to the 1.5-mile course hoping to continue the momentum.

“It gives us a lot of momentum going into Vegas,” he said. “It’s exciting to ride this momentum and see where it takes us.”

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