MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Blake Koch is taking the wheel of the No. 24 SR2 Motorsports Toyota in this week’s Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. It will mark his fifth Nationwide Series start at the one-mile oval. His best finish to date is 14th place, which he achieved in 2011.
Koch comments on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: “Last week we ran into some bad luck at Daytona and didn’t get the finish we were hoping for. The good news is that our sponsors I am second, Salt Life and Support Military had a great time and that’s important to us. Now we have a lot of points to make up in Phoenix and that’s going to be the goal.
“I like the new Phoenix layout and Benny (Gordon, general manager and SR2 Motorsports lead crew chief) said he really likes the way the car turned out for it, so we are expecting a good race. It’s a place that I really enjoy and have had some success at, so I’m really optimistic about this weekend. This will be a good chance for us to get in the thick of the points battle and establish ourselves as contenders for the rest of the season.
“There isn’t another track like Phoenix on the circuit. It’s really unique. The configuration almost has a fifth turn and there’s not very much banking. That means it’s really easy to overdrive the corners. As a driver you have to remind yourself to be smooth and consistent, and always stay focused. You have to bring you’re A-game to Phoenix, no doubt about it.”