Georgia Late Model standout Casey Roderick is the latest driver to accept his invitation to this weekend’s Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway Park. However, he will not be behind the wheel of the Ronnie Sanders No. 18 fans are accustomed to seeing him compete in. The defending Southern Super Series champion will pilot the Rowdy Manufacturing No. 22 owned by fellow racer Donnie Wilson for the third time in 2019.
Roderick competed in the Wilson Motorsports ride back in June for the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway and the ARCA Midwest Tour event at the Milwaukee Mile. The car has most recently visited victory lane with Trevor Noles in the CARS Super Late Model Tour Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway last weekend. The recent success in the No. 22 both he and Noles experienced has him excited for the Super Late Model All-Star Race that’s paying a minimum of $10,000 to the winner.
“I’m really excited, I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good weekend for everyone,” Roderick told Speed51.com. “It’s winner-take-all really; everybody’s after one thing and those types of races are fun to do. Everybody seems excited about it. Donnie seems excited about it and I know I am for sure. I’m actually headed to the shop right now to help with the car and get things right to head up that way.”
Roderick heads into the Super Select in unfamiliar territory, having yet to win a Super Late Model race in 2019. He has finished second in the last two Blizzard Series races at Five Flags Speedway and was in contention in the first Blizzard race before a late-race crash ended his night. He has also added a fifth at Milwaukee and a sixth in the Money in the Bank 150 in his two previous starts in the same car he is set to pilot this weekend. He says a win this weekend would be big to him and everyone else involved.
“That’s something I’m very passionate about,” he stated. “I love racing the Super car and it is very disappointing I haven’t been able to win this year in a Super. I feel like I should’ve won several but things just didn’t go our way. I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I’m going to put a really good effort into this Friday’s practice and get the car to where I need it to hopefully have a chance to win the race.
“Pulling off a win this weekend against all the people who are going to be there definitely would mean a lot to me and everyone involved really,” he continued. “Once you’re there you’re not really thinking about all that, you just try to do the best you can do and just do your job. That’s what I’m going to be focused on.”
It won’t be the first time that Roderick has raced in the Indianapolis area during Brickyard 400 weekend, having ran the ARCA Menards Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2011. He is looking forward to racing during the busy weekend in the motorsports capital and is hoping fans and other drivers alike make them short trip to Brownsburg for the Super Select.
“That’s a plus, hopefully we’ll get a lot of fans to come over for our race,” he said. “That would be cool to put on a good show for those people who come out and watch. I’ve raced at this track once in an ARCA car and I really enjoyed it. It’s kind of the same situation where it’s during the Brickyard weekend. It’s a pretty cool deal, hopefully some of those guys will come over and watch a short track race. It’ll be cool to perform in front of all those people.”
With a shorter distance (75 laps) than a typical Super Late Model race and $10,000 on the line for the winner, he expects no breaks to be given on-track and the racing to be good throughout the event.
Despite all that, Roderick doesn’t plan on changing the way he races other drivers and expects more of the same from everybody else.
“The race is only 75 laps so you’re going to see some hard-charging and some good, hard racing,” he said. “When it comes to the end of it there in the last twenty, thirty laps, you’re going to see some good racing. It’s winner-take-all so anything’s liable to happen. That’s not going to change how I race people. We’ll race people hard but clean.”
Each invitee from the “Select Team” that accepts their invitation will receive a guaranteed starting spot in the race held Saturday, September 7. Those who accept the invitation will also receive free entry into the race and one free set of tires to use during the race.
There will also be a 50-lap race for Super Late Model drivers who don't earn invitations to race their way into the Super Select field.
The Speed51 Super Select winner will have a chance to win a minimum of $10,000. Additional bonuses and contingency awards will be announced prior to the race.
A pair of features will be contested on September 7, one for the Super Late Models (ARCA/CRA Super Series sanctioned) and a 100-lap race for the USAC Silver Crown Series. The event is being promoted by Track Enterprises.
Those heading to Lucas Oil Raceway on September 7 can get all they need to know about the Speed51 Super Select by visiting the Super Select Central page here on Speed51.com. There you can get the latest in updated entries, the event schedule, race procedures, the latest news, video, photos and more. Click here to visit.
While there is no substitute for enjoying Indy at its finest, short track fans from all across the globe can watch the Speed51 Super Select live on the pay-per-view broadcast for just $19.99, click here to order.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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