After winning at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on Friday night, Casey Roderick entered Sunday’s 100-lap Pro Late Model season-opener with four wins in five Pro Late Model races in 2017. On Sunday, he was looking to make it five for six, but 2015 track champion Willie Allen made sure he had a say in that at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee.
After setting fast time in time trials, Roderick started fifth due to a redraw of the top six qualifiers. Roderick quickly worked his way through the top five and into the lead by lap 20.
Meanwhile, Allen, who started third, stayed in the top three pretty much the whole time and never let Roderick out of his sights.
Roderick led until about 30 laps to go when Allen reeled him back in. The two drivers battled for close to 10 laps before Allen finally got by near the lap 70 mark. From there it was all Allen to the finish.
Roderick was able to keep second, ahead of a hard-charging Chandler Smith and Cole Williams. Justin Ashburn completed the top five.
“The car was really good to start off with,” Roderick said. “I felt like I was being really easy on it. But it just wasn’t good enough for tonight. We’ll come back next time and be a little bit better.”
Allen, a former track champion at the Fairgrounds, has finished second to Roderick on multiple occasions at multiple race tracks in the south. But coming to the Fairgrounds, Allen said he knew he would have the car to beat Roderick.
“We’ve had a really good car all weekend,” Allen explained to Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “When the green flag waved we knew we would have a really good car there. The longer the race goes it seems our car really comes in. We started off a little free at the start of the race, but when it came in it was definitely one of the best cars I’ve ever had at the end of a race hands down.”
The next race at the Fairgrounds for the Pro Late Models will be on Saturday, May 6. The ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series will be in action this upcoming Saturday, April 9 for a co-sanctioned event that can be seen live on Speed51 TV via pay-per-view. To purchase your pay-per-view ticket, you can click here.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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Pro Late Model 100
Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee