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Golden Gate Racing Team looks to carry rally into Roseburg After recovery in Iowa, Koch and Richard Childress Racing Development Team back on track ROSEBURG, OR h6-1-10)-- After rallying back into the hunt for the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West...

Golden Gate Racing Team looks to carry rally into Roseburg
After recovery in Iowa, Koch and Richard Childress Racing Development Team back on track

ROSEBURG, OR h6-1-10)-- After rallying back into the hunt for the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship, Blake Koch and the Golden Gate Racing-Richard Childress Development Team are bound for Roseburg, Oregon. It's time to put the Daystar Television Network c21 Chevrolet to the front of the field in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts Bonus Challenge 150 at the Douglass County Speedway this Saturday.

Prior to the event in Iowa two weeks ago, the outlook for the 2010 championship run was looking dismal for the Golden Gate Racing Team as two events had produced two heavily damaged race cars in incidents that were no fault of their own. Upon returning to the series in Iowa, this veteran team based in San Francisco did what they do best by displaying great resilience.

"That's what I love about these guys, they never give up," said team owner Jim Offenbach. "Iowa was a good points day for us. Blake and the team are really communicating well and we recovered well. We're looking to carry that momentum into Roseburg with us and get a top finish."

In 2010, Roseburg was the sight of a lucky seven for the Golden Gate Racing Team. They clocked the seventh fastest time in practice, qualified seventh in the field and ended the night with a seventh place finish. That finish didn't come easy for Koch, however, as he was forced to charge his way from the rear of the field.

"We got spun around early in race and we had a good starting spot," said Koch. "With the help of some pit strategy and patience I was able to get back up into the top ten. We came back strong in Iowa so I'm hoping we bring that into Douglass and get a win."

With three events complete in the 12 race NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Koch has worked the Daystar Television Network #21 back up to 13th in the standings. He enters this fourth round of competition just three points out of the top ten and 138-points behind leader David Mayhew. Koch has garnered one top five finish and two top ten finishes so far this season.

Douglass County Speedway is a .375 mile oval with 11 degree banking. The track is known for its difficulty to pass on within a full field of cars. Koch is eyeing a strong qualifying effort to start in the front of the field and avoid the challenges of traffic as early as the green flag.

"That place is pretty narrow and it's not an easy place to do a lot of passing, you have to wait for the right moment," said Koch. "Qualifying good is really important at a track like Douglass. We were lucky last year to be able to work our way up like we did. That's not always going to be the case though so a good solid qualifying run is our first mission."

Last season, the seventh place finish at Douglass launched a series of top finishes for the Golden Gate Racing Team as they headed into the road racing portion of the series. Following this weekend's event, the Golden Gate Racing Team will focus their efforts on returning to the track closest to home with two cars in competition. Joining Koch for the event in the Sonoma Wine Country will be 2010 Series Champion Jason Bowles who will make his second start of the year with GGRT/RCR.

"I'm ready to get back to the road course again," said Koch, who had never even raced on a road course prior to last season. "Last year that was a real strong point for us and after doing well in the ARCA race earlier this year I think I am far more prepared. So I'm going to go for a win in Roseburg and bring that momentum back with us for the road course."

-source: ggrt

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jason Bowles , Blake Koch
Teams Richard Childress Racing