Montgomery Motor Speedway once again rolled out the red carpet for Southeast Pro Late Models drivers and 32 drove down the straightaway to compete in round number three of the Show Me the Money Series in Alabama. Casey Roderick bested the country’s best Pro Late Model field again in Saturday night’s 100-lap race for his second series win in 2016.
Handling is always a concern on a hot steamy day in Montgomery, AL, but a few small adjustments to his car after practice, had the Ronnie Sanders number-18 rocket-fast in qualifying at the half-mile facility. Roderick set fast time by more than a tenth-of-a-second over Jordan McCollum.
The fast-time qualifier is always responsible for picking a number for the amount of the starting field will be inverted and usually, according to Roderick, it doesn’t go in his favor.
"I always pick #7 or #8 when it comes to the luck of the draw,” admitted Roderick.
And that’s exactly what happened. Promoter Stan Narrison began putting the frisbees down for the redraw and Roderick witnessed where he put the number-8 frisbee. Narrison caught Roderick peeking so he made him turn his back to the placement of the frisbees. Ironically, Narrison put the number-8 frisbee in the same spot and that’s what Roderick chose.
“Just my luck,” said the Lawrenceville, Georgia driver.
Despite starting eighth, Roderick methodically worked his way through the field and to the front of the pack. In fact, the only issue the entire race was the amount of cautions and restarts he had to endure.
"Let's do some racing instead of running around under caution all day,” Roderick said he was saying to himself while the race progressed. “The restarts were tough too; I got on the radio to my spotter to have him relay a message to the officials to say, ‘Hey I'm the leader let me start the race.’ But we overcame all that to get the win and I couldn’t be happier.”
“The crew worked so hard on this car,” continued Roderick, who will race at South Alabama Speedway this Saturday. “Danny & DJ Graham (Super Late Model car owner) have done so much for me. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be running this Ronnie Sanders Pro (LM) car.”
The Show Me the Money Series returns to action with a 50-lap race for Pro Late Models on Saturday, June 11th. For more information, visit montgomerymotorspeedway.org.
Story By: Tom Ryan, Digital Manager, Speed51.com - Twitter: @tjrthe9
Photo credit: Stan Narrison