Less than 16 hours after capturing his second straight Super Late Model title at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Casey Roderick jetted up Interstate 65 to take home the Hunt For The Bear 150 Pro Late Model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway.
Roderick missed practice and qualifying on Saturday, forcing him to start Sunday’s event on the rear of the field. After roaring into the top five in the early going, Roderick was forced to pit road with an electrical issue.
In the second half of the race, Roderick once again sliced his way through the field until the electrical issue came back. Leading late in the race, Roderick refused to come back to pit road to work on the issue,
Instead, he went to work inside the car.
“The motor skipped the whole last part of the race,” Roderick said. “Under caution, I loosened my belts up and got up out of the seat and reached over to the ignition box and started messing with those wires. I wiggled and pulled on almost every one of them. I was a little worried about getting electrocuted, but I was just trying to do what I could to win the race.”
The do-it-yourself process lasted just long enough to allow Roderick take the checkers.
“It didn’t skip again until the very last lap,” Roderick said. “Luckily, we were able to get the win today. This car has been really strong for us this year. We have run up front and had a chance to win nearly every time I have sat in it.”
Bobby Knox, who led 30 laps in the middle portion of the race, came home second. Perry Patino finished third, Jordan McCallum was fourth and Bill Bethea, III rounded out the top five.
The win is Roderick’s fourth Pro Late Model win at Montgomery in 2016, and sixth overall Late Model win in 2016. To go along with his Show Me The Money title at Montgomery on Sunday, Roderick captured the 2016 Blizzard title Saturday.
Sitting in the tech shed following his win Sunday, Roderick couldn’t help but smile while reflecting on his strong 2016 season. He feels the resurgent season all boils down to one thing.
“This is the best I have been in a long time,” Roderick said. “What we are doing to these cars – setup wise – hasn’t changed in a couple of years. It just really comes down to getting more seat time. I’ve picked up a few things here and there this season. There aren’t huge things, just small things you wouldn’t get if you didn’t run often. I feel we can compete with anyone on any day.”
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-By Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Deep South Correspondent
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