It’s Go Time For Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing At Pocono
Topics: Casey Roderick, Pennsylvania ARCA 125
Knight Motorsports Management
Randy Hill Racing
August 3, 2011
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2011) - - While Casey Roderick, Spraker Racing Enterprises (SRE) and Randy Hill Racing have collectively proven that they are capable of running up front in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the group looks to turn their strength into a strong performance in Saturday’s Pennsylvania ARCA 125.
So far, the trio has competed in the last two ARCA events at Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway. Neither speed nor talent has been a problem for the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion. However, tire issues in both contests have relegated the new operation to finishes not worthy of their performance.
They are hoping to change that statistic in the 13th race of the season Saturday afternoon.
“I’ve never raced at Pocono, but I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to do so,” said Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. “It’s going to be a shootout, if you will, with the number of laps that we’ve been given, so we really have to make the best of that situation in the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion.”
Experience is crucial at any racetrack but the upside for Roderick is knowing that he has a veteran driver and crew chief like Jeff Spraker on his side.
“It’s been great working with Jeff,” Roderick added. “We seem to really gel together. He’s given me fast race cars at both Iowa and Lucas Oil Raceway. Unfortunately, we’ve been hit with some bad luck, so we don’t have the finishes to show for it. We’ll get it turned around this weekend though and look to bring home a gratifying finish.”
When not focused behind the steering wheel, Roderick is hands-on with his Randy Hill Racing team, which includes during the week between races. Roderick can often be found at the Mooresville, North Carolina shop assisting the crew and further enhancing his technical knowledge about the racecars.
“I think anytime a driver has an opportunity to learn about some of the different logistics on a racecar he should act on it,” offered the Lawrenceville, Georgia native. “I don’t mind getting dirty and helping the guys. It’s not only a way for us to all bond, but it’s also a way for me to learn. I’m learning something every day and that’s important to me as I try and build my racing career.”
“In a sense, you kind of can compare to Pocono to a road course,” crew chief Spraker added. “That’s good for Casey, since he excels on road courses. The place is incredibly fast with a lot of room to pass. Each corner is different, so it may take a little bit for Casey to get used to that, but I think with the practice on Friday, he’ll find the groove quickly and we can begin working towards having a good run on Saturday.”
For Randy Hill, a Texas Rancher, inventor and entrepreneur, seeing the team advance from short track racing to one of the most technical tracks on the circuit shows just how determined they are to make a statement in racing.
“There isn’t a question in my mind that we can find ourselves contending on Saturday,” Hill offered. “Casey and Jeff are really working well together and they enjoy being around each other and that’s a key to any relationship. It’s been great to see our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion fast and competitive at Iowa and Lucas Oil Raceway. On the other hand, it’s a shame that we endured some tough luck that kept us from showing our true potential. We’re not going to get discouraged by any means; we’re just going to keep ourselves focused and hope that this time everything will pan out for us.”
Entering Pocono, Roderick will make his 10 career ARCA start on Saturday afternoon. In his previous nine outings, Roderick has scored one win (New Jersey Motorsports Park), two top-fives and three top-10s. He also hoisted a pole in his road racing debut at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway in February 2010.
The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 (50 laps / 125 miles) is the 13th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 53rd ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 5 with a one hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 5:40 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The event will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring throughout the 1,325th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
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