It seems that even in racing, one of life’s oldest proverbs rings true: all good things must come to an end.
One of short track racing’s most successful duos— Casey Roderick and Ronnie Sanders Racing— is parting ways after three years of collaboration.
“It’s been a very fortunate deal for me, I have nothing but good things to say about our run together,” Roderick told Speed51. “I hate it coming to an end at this point in time but nothing lasts forever. Hopefully it’ll open doors later down the road for me with the success we’ve had together.”
The Late Model team’s string of success includes over 40 wins together, multiple championships and records for the history books.
In 2017, Roderick brought 18 trophies back to the shop while ending the season as a track champion at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), Five Flags Speedway (FL) and Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL).
Fast forward one year to 2018 and Roderick had another trio of championships (Southern Super Series, Blizzard Series and Allen Turner Pro Late Model), the latter two never having been won by the same driver in one season.
In 2019, prior to their split, Roderick and Sanders tallied three victories in the Pro Late Model ranks including CRA SpeedFest at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA), the Baby Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway and a Show Me the Money Series event at Montgomery.
Understandably, Roderick had a hard time designating one of those moments as his favorite.
“We’ve won so much, it’s hard to pick out just one that really, really stands out because they’re all good,” Roderick said. “Over the timespan we had together, we did a lot. I never expected us to win as much as we did. I’m definitely thankful for that. I really appreciate [Sanders] giving me a job working on racecars and doing what I love.”
The 27-year-old has already landed himself behind the wheel in his new venture. Roderick piloted one of Donnie Wilson’s Rowdy Manufacturing Super Late Models in the Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN), finishing second only to Bubba Pollard.
Whether or not that particular deal will materialize into a rest-of-the-season ride is uncertain, but Roderick did confirm that something is in the works for him to run the next Late Model event at Five Flags Speedway (FL). He currently sits just three points back of Lucas Jones in the Blizzard Series point standings, with the championship event coming up on September 21.
“It’s to be determined, what I’ve got going on for that,” Roderick. “I’m in negotiation right now, so hopefully soon I’ll have an answer. I’m looking to finish it out, but I’m not 100 percent certain what’s going to happen.”
Along with the race in Pensacola, there’s question marks next to the 2019 editions of the All American 400 and the Snowball Derby. But one thing is now unquestionable: Roderick won’t be attempting them in that iconic red No. 18.
Speed51.com made multiple attempts to reach Ronnie Sanders prior to publishing this story; however, those attempts have gone unanswered. This story will be updated if/when more information becomes available.
-Story by: Melissa Strahley, Gulf Coast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com