Casey Roderick is one of the accomplished Late Model racers in the country, evidenced by winning the last two Southern Super Series championships. This year, Roderick is taking on a new challenge, as he plans to compete as an owner/driver in some of the biggest events in Super Late Model racing.
The Georgia racer is already building the foundation for what he hopes will be a race-winning team, with plans to debut at either the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway or the Blizzard Series opener at Five Flags Speedway (FL) on April 24.
“What I’m trying to do is build my own program, Casey Roderick Motorsports,” Roderick told Speed51. “That’s what I’m working on right now. It’s a slow go. I’m trying to raise money and I’m in the process of building a car.
“My ultimate goal is to run the Rattler to get started. If I don’t make that, we’ll hopefully be at the first Blizzard race. I don’t have a set plan in place yet. I wish I could, but unfortunately the financial part of it is determining everything right now. I’m just going to take it one step at a time and do what I can.”
Roderick says that he Is excited to fulfill a lifelong dream of competing in his own equipment, and hopes taking this team to some of the major events around the country will take his career to the next level.
“I’ve always dreamed of having my own car and being able to race on my own with my own guys, things like that. For me to be really successful at the short track level, do things the way I want to do them, I just really think that’s what I need to do if I can make it possible.
“The whole reason I’m trying to do what I’m doing with my whole program is to be able to pick and choose the races I want to go to, the ones I think I should be at, the top races in the country. Those are the ones that mean the most to me.
“I’ve raced for a lot of different people now. I’m very fortunate to have those opportunities, and I’ve been very successful at it. I want to try to be successful as my own car owner, make a go at it.”
The former World Crown winner knows there will be extra challenges that come with fielding his own team. However, he believes those trials will make success that much sweeter.
“It’s going to be a heck of a lot harder to go to each race, but at the end of the day it’s going to be well worth it. The satisfaction of having your own car, taking it to the track, racing it, taking it home, working on it, making it better for the next one. If you get lucky enough to win a few of them, it’s that much better.”
“I may fail. There’s always a chance of failing. But I’m giving it a go, and there’s really no turning back now. I’ve got to make it happen.”
While Roderick is heading out on his own in the Super Late Model world, he did not completely rule out the possibility of competing with another owner, such as Donnie Wilson. Roderick drove for Wilson during the second half of the 2019 season and spoke highly of the experience.
“That’s not to say I won’t race for someone like Donnie again. I loved my opportunity with him at the end of the year last year. I wouldn’t mind running a few races with them again this year. I’d just have to talk to him and get something worked out.”
Ultimately, Roderick believes being an owner/driver will give him the best chance to compete in every race he enters.
“I really want to make sure when I leave the shop to go to a race, there is a definite chance of winning. That’s something that is really important to me. I take a lot of pride in what I do.
“I’ve loved racing since I was old enough to understand what it was. I’ve had a tough time over the last few years of having everything in the right place, the way it needs to be, in order to be able to win every race you enter. We all know that’s not going to happen, but you can do your best to make that a higher percentage chance of doing that.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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