Rising to the challenge is what separates a top-notch driver from the rest of the pack. Whether it’s dominating a race, going on a winning streak or sealing a win with a late-race pass, drivers slowly rise to the top of the field and make a name for themselves.
That’s why the FK Rod Ends, who has nearly 10,000 combinations of rod ends and spherical bearings available and carefully crafts their products, is proud to honor a monthly “Team FK Driver of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which driver had the most success on the track. The driver with the most votes will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Month” and will receive a $25 product certificate to use at FK Rod Ends. At the end of the 2020 season, the driver that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Year” and will be awarded a (to be determined) prize from FK Rod Ends. To learn more about FK Rod Ends and their growing inventory visit fkrodends.com.
The winner of the “Team FK Driver of the Month” for the month of November is…
Super Late Models
After losing his ride Super Late Model ride in 2019 and finishing the year off in temporary accommodations, Casey Roderick decided that he would control his own destiny in 2020, starting his own Super Late Model team. But, with a shoestring budget, compounded by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Georgia native’s schedule would have to remain limited.
Making just a handful of starts in the summer, Roderick parked the No. 25 for almost three months, waiting for “Big Race Season” to begin. That next event would come at a track that he has posted a championship at, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, and its signature event the All American 400. With just enough left to take on the Snowball Derby in December, Roderick would only have two more opportunities to get something big done in 2020.
After running solidly in both practice and qualifying, Roderick looked to be one of the main challengers for the guitar in the 300-lap SLM portion of the All American 400. When chief in-race opponents Derek Thorn and Carson Hocevar were eliminated in a mid-race crash, Roderick’s odds of a great victory only increased.
But, a yellow flag erased a big lead that Roderick had built up, with Chandler Smith assuming the lead on the restart, and putting Stephen Nasse on Roderick’s tail. Momentum would soon swing back towards Roderick as the green flag laps added up, pulling away from Nasse, and then retaking the lead from Smith.
In the end, Roderick claimed his first career All American 400 Super Late Model victory and the first for Casey Roderick Motorsports. Not only putting himself back on top of the Super Late Model world, but also ending close to 14 months of frustration.
For clawing back to the top in one of the biggest Super Late Model events of the year, Casey Roderick has been named the FK Rod Ends Short Track Driver of the Month for November 2020.
Other drivers receiving votes this month were Max McLaughlin, Ty Majeski and Bubba Pollard.
To learn more about FK Rod Ends and their growing inventory, visit www.fkrodends.com.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Speed51