There’s no doubt that ARCA Menards Series rookie Christian Rose and his Cook Racing Technologies (CRT) have shown speed whether they’re racing the first ARCA Menards Series or the ARCA Menards East Series this season. , but Rose is ready to back up that speed with a satisfying finish in Friday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway.

Rose, aboard West Virginia Tourism’s No. 42 Chevrolet SS, has had two top-10 finishes in the ARCA Menards Series this season, but the former Division 1 college baseball pitcher is eyeing a tie result on the big stage of the ARCA Menards series in one of the most anticipated races of the 2022 season.

“I can’t wait to be on the track on Friday,” said Rose.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is going to be my first intermediate track in the ARCA Menards Series and I feel like I did a really good job doing what I can to prepare for the 100 laps ahead of me on Friday night. ”

With a mix of superspeedways and short tracks added to Rose’s growing racing CV in 2022, the General Tire 150 is a good stepping stone for Rose to attack other extremely fast tracks on the ARCA Circuit later this season.

“Charlotte isn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t become a race car driver because I thought it was going to be easy,” Rose added. “I know the competition will not only be tight in terms of lap times and speed, but I also know there will be little room for error.

“I think it will be extremely important that our #42 West Virginia Tourism Chevrolet SS logs in for practice on Friday afternoon and hopefully we can get close to the top 10. If we can do that, we can keep going. picking up our pace throughout the race and hoping that when the checkered flag drops we leave Charlotte with a satisfying finish.

Charlotte marks Rose’s fifth ARCA year start between the two ARCA platforms and maneuvered two top-10 finishes, highlighted by a season-high 10th place finish at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway and Dover (Del. .) Motor Speedway respectively, a series of mechanical breakdowns meant that neither Rose nor his Bruce Cook-led team could capitalize on the array of good performances this season.

“I think in our last race in Nashville we were going to finish in the top five,” Rose recalled.

“The guys from this Cook Racing Technologies team brought me a blisteringly fast #42 West Virginia Tourism car, but we ran into another mechanical gremlin that knocked us out and a disappointing 12th place.

“While it’s hard to watch those finishes, the positive is that we know how we were running before things happened that got in the way of our efforts. Over the last three weeks we really looked in depth at how we can make sure the problem doesn’t happen again and I think the solution is there.

“Now we just need to go to Charlotte, mind our business, learn and get the best finish possible.”

This season, Rose, who will compete in all three of ARCA’s national platforms, the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards East Series and ARCA Menards West Series, will continue to build her relationship with the West Virginia Department of Tourism.

The West Virginia Department of Tourism promotes West Virginia as a premier four-season travel destination and the state of choice in which to live, work, and retire.

Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the United States and is home to thousands of acres of parks and public lands, including the newest US national park and 45 parks and state forests.

In addition to its majestic mountains and rolling hills, West Virginia is filled with rich historic sites, enchanting art galleries, charming towns, and an immense sense of place found only in its paradisiacal landscapes.

In West Virginia, let the country roads take you away from it all. And a little closer to the sky.

“My relationship with the West Virginia Department of Tourism means everything to me,” Rose added.

“Without them, I couldn’t race in Charlotte. Throughout the year, my goal is to spread the mission of all that the West Virginia Department of Tourism stands for.

“It goes without saying that we’ve had a lot of speed with our West Virginia Department of Tourism race cars this year and hopefully we can climb that ladder of consistency over the summer period. There’s still work to be done at much more work.

“We will get there though. Our Cook Racing Technologies team is too good not to get the chance to spin and post the finishes we know we are capable of.

This weekend in Charlotte, Rose will also continue to boost her new partnership with the Freedom Fighter Outdoors (FFO). FFO’s mission is to raise awareness and seek public assistance for the needs, services and activities of injured veterans.

Their events allow injured veterans to help each other through teamwork-based outdoor recreation by providing one-of-a-kind, one-of-a-kind outdoor activities. FFO honors and empowers our country’s injured veterans.

For the General Tire 150, Rose and the team welcome Gary Bowers, an 18-year veteran of the United States Army.

“I’m very proud of my relationship with Freedom Fighter Outdoors and hosting Gary this weekend in Charlotte,” Rose said. “I think it’s our duty to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to allow me to not only race, but to enjoy the freedom we have, especially on this Memorial Day weekend.

“My involvement with Freedom Fighter Outdoors will continue to grow as our racing season progresses and I look forward to showing it off soon.”

After Charlotte, Rose and CRT plan to race the ARCA Menards Series West event at Irwindale, Calif. Speedway on July 2.

To learn more about Christian Rose, please like him on Facebook (Christian Rose Racing) or follow him on Instagram (@christianroseracing) and Twitter (@CRoseRacing).

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the fifth of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series calendar. A combined practice and qualifying session begins Friday, May 27, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Channel SiriusXM 391. , online channel 981 handling the radio airwaves from 6:00 p.m. will also broadcast live timing and scores throughout the weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

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