Casey Roderick has enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his racing career in 2017, bagging Pro Late Model wins and championships throughout the Southeast. As the season begins to come to a close, Roderick hones in on his goal of reaching 20 wins this year and hopes to get the job done this weekend as he makes his way to North Carolina for a doubleheader weekend.
The Pro All Star Series (PASS) South wraps up their season at Orange County Speedway on Saturday night in Rougemont, NC where Matt Craig hopes to lock down his second PASS South championship. Roderick hopes to challenge Craig while making his first career PASS start and chasing his 19th victory of the season.
“I believe this is actually my first PASS start ever so we are looking forward to running with them this weekend,” Roderick told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I ran the CARS Tour race at Orange County earlier this year but we brought the Pro car so this will be the first time we actually bring the Super.”
There is no doubt that Roderick has been dominant in his No. 18 Ronnie Sanders Racing Pro Late Model this season and although he is good, he has been hoping for improved performance behind the wheel of the No. 7 Super Late Model.
“I really think we have a shot on Saturday at the win,” he stated. “The best way to dial a car in is to race it and run it and I feel like we have made a lot of gains on our Super to be able to compete.”
Following Saturday evening’s event, Roderick and his team will load up and take the Pro Late Model to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC for their rescheduled “Spooktacular” event. The Pro Late Models will run double features, giving Roderick two additional chances to hit the 20-win mark if he can outrun the local hot shoe Colt James.
“We got a chance to test when we were there for the original date before it was rained out and I really liked the track,” Roderick claimed. “I felt like we had a pretty good car to be able to compete with Colt and them so I am looking forward to getting back.”
Roderick’s winning percentage is near 50 percent and he intends to keep it that way as he treks to unfamiliar territory this weekend in both the Super Late Model and the Pro Late Model.
“Our goal when we show up is to compete to win and we would really like to leave the weekend having won all three events and I think we have that chance, but if not it would be cool to reach those twenty wins we have been looking for.”
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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