Casey Roderick entered the gates of Five Flags Speedway Saturday night with a shot at history. In the history of the track only one driver, Johanna Long, had ever won both the Allen Turner Pro Late Model and Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series championships. Roderick hoped to do both on the same night but left Five Flags with a win and a Pro Late Model championship.
While unfortunately, the Super Late Model race didn’t produce the results Roderick was looking for, the Pro Late Model race was another story. Starting on the pole, Roderick fell back early in the race to third letting Justin South and Perry Patino by. Not but 30 laps later he had caught up to South, regained the lead and then dominated the field to win by a margin over nine seconds.
“It’s cool to come back and end the night with a win and a championship. It’s always good to win and get your spirits up. It gives us momentum going into the Snowball (Derby). Winning all four races here in the Pro [Late Models] is cool. But there’s still room for improvement. There’s going to be a lot of stiff competition at the Snowflake.”
Patino would eventually pass Justin South in the waning laps to be the bridesmaid at the winner’s podium.
“Well, we haven’t been to Pensacola here all season so we were just coming for a nice top five and get a good run. We’ve been with Augie as our crew chief now and ever since we’ve been with him we’ve had some really fast cars,” Patino explained. “Tonight I just can’t thank everyone who works on this piece enough. We had a real rocket ship tonight. I don’t know if we had anything for Casey but we kinda rode there in third and then kinda of in second and saved our stuff. Maybe next time we will come and try to get another top three in the Snowflake or something,”
South was disappointed with his podium finish.
“I’ve been really good here lately and I didn’t really wanna set the pace and I didn’t run hard the first thirty or forty laps but it didn’t really matter. In the end, we still burned the right rear off of it. I just got way too loose so just couldn’t drive it. I hate it but it was only my second time running here this year and what can you expect you know, we will come back.”
More information, highlights, and interviews from Saturday night’s race at Five Flags Speedway can be seen by visiting Speed51.com’s Trackside Now presented by Penske Racing Shocks and PFC Brakes.
The next on-track action for the Allen Turner Pro Late Models will be the 50th Annual Snowball Derby Preview on Saturday, November 18 as teams prepare for the golden anniversary of the most prestigious pavement short track race in the country.
Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series Finale
September 23, 2017 – Five Flags Speedway (FL)
Pos # Driver
1 18R Casey Roderick
2 51 Perry Patino
3 43 Justin South
4 18 Ryan Paul
5 95 Derrick Griffin
6 24 Christopher Tullis
7 21 Brandon Johnson
8 78 Corey Heim
9 46 Jarrett Parker
10 98 Giovanni Bromante
11 99 Wayne Niedecken, Jr.
12 00 Brandon Curren
13 30 Rusty Sanford
14 41 Troy Grisaffi
15 12 Joe Graf
16 55 Ronnie Osmer
17 15 Kevin Chase
18 5 Spencer Davis
19 17 Kurt Guillot
20 42 Jay Jay Day