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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, September 08th, 2011

After pairing with Go Green Racing (GGR) for its inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut at Watkins Glen International (WGI) last month, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and rookie Casey Roderick are set to venture out on their own in Friday’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond (Val.) International Raceway (RIR).

With RIR set to be the first of several races for Roderick under the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing banner for the remainder of the 2011 season, the team looks to set a positive presence not only in the garage but on the racetrack as well.

To mentally prepare himself for his second NNS battle of the season, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native had hoped to compete in the Kevin Whitaker 140 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Labor Day in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Spraker Racing Enterprises. But Mother Nature dashed those plans forcing the event to be rescheduled.

Knowing that the competition has the tendency to be stiffer on Friday night, Roderick feels that staying behind the wheel of a racecar is crucial for not only earning the respect of his competitors but further advancing his career with seat time.

“I think everyone associated with Randy Hill Racing is looking forward to Richmond this weekend,” said Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. “Randy Hill has made a pledge in times where teams are merging and closing up to enter NASCAR with an open mind, a lot of positive energy and a mission.”

The 19-year old added, “We’re hoping that the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang will be good on Friday. We know we’ll have to qualify our way into the show, but I’m confident with the equipment and personnel surrounding our team, we can easily get that job accomplished. It’s about learning and taking the checkered flag. Heck, I’m just thankful to even be racing – let alone in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.”

Leading the entourage for RHR will be Motorsports veteran Jeff Spraker. The former NASCAR driver himself will take the role as crew chief and driver coach on Friday night. Spraker’s overall success and dedication to the industry is already having an impact on Hill.

“I could not be happier right now,” said Hill, a native Texan. ”We inhaled our first experience of Nationwide competition at Watkins Glen and I was thrilled with the results.  We head to a short track now which is a complete opposite of a road course. Casey comes from a rich history of success in short track racing and Jeff has been around for nearly 30 years, so I’m highly optimistic about Friday.”

In addition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, Roderick and Spraker recently worked together in a stint of three ARCA Racing Series events where the team shined with speed and finesse. During those contests, the two created a firm bond which they hope will continue to strengthen as time presses on.

“I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to work with a talent like Casey,” said Spraker. “I’ve worked with a lot of drivers, but here’s a kid that I didn’t know a lot about and he impressed me the first time he climbed inside a racecar. We went to three ARCA races and his desire to please while show speed on the racetrack was evident from the moment he walked into the garage.”

He added, “I think our Ford Mustang will be solid this week. We’ve got some great horsepower from RoushYates. Casey and I will talk strategy for practice, qualifying and the race. I think overall, though, we’ll be fine.”

From Richmond, the Randy Hill Racing team tentatively plans to compete at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track debut.

The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles) is the 27th of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, September 9, with a one-hour and 15 minute session planned from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. A final practice session has been etched in from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day set to launch at 4:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 7:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

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Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 29th, 2011

As readers of this blog know, Randy Hill Racing has teamed with a great young driver named Casey Roderick:

http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/features/08/19/future.star.casey.roderick/index.html

This article is from 2008. And it tells the story of Bill Elliot taking Casey under his wing. Listen to what Bill said about the young driver:

“Casey Roderick is the genuine article. He’s won over 100 races and several titles, but more importantly, he has the attitude and work ethic it takes to be a champion in this sport.”

I couldn’t agree more. That’s why Randy Hill Racing is proud to be partnering with Casey Roderick. And we have every intention of winning championships on the track.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

One of the best tracks in NASCAR is about to get even better:

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/motorsports/post/_/id/812/2012-tms-sked-twin-irl-races-two-cup-races

Texas Motor Speedway is going to have one of the most exciting schedules ever in 2012:

“The IndyCar Series twin race format will return to Texas Motor Speedway in 2012, and the track’s two NASCAR stops will be highlighted by a Saturday night spring race and the eighth Chase race, it was announced Tuesday night.”

That’s a lot of racing for North Texas racing fans. If you live in the area, do yourself a favor and check out TMS. Eddie Gossage does a great job running the track and it’s one of the best in all of NASCAR. It looks like TMS will be the place to be in 2012!

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 08th, 2011

Over 200 students to receive iPads at Dallas Christian

DCS ChargerTech initiative enters Phase II

iPads have already revolutionized the way we use computers.  Now they’re changing the way we teach and learn.

Every teacher at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite received an iPad in December as part of ChargerTech, a school-wide initiative to incorporate tablet computers into the classroom environment.  This week, DCS launches Phase II.

On Monday, August 8, at 7 p.m., every high school student at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite – more than 200 young people in all – will be given their own iPad2. Beginning on the first day of school, those students will weave use of the tablet device into their classroom, home-based and on-the-go learning experiences.

“This initiative will help our students prepare to live and work in a digital world,” says Dr. Colleen Netterville, president of Dallas Christian.  “We are diving into an area that will take our entire school fully into the 21st century.  The world is changing before our eyes, and we have to change with it.”

The initial distribution of 60 iPads to teachers was made possible by a gift from Texas entrepreneur and DCS alumnus Randy Hill (Class of ’86).  He has joined in helping DCS parents, friends, and alumni fund the purchase of the student units as well.

Hill believes Apple’s iPad and devices like it have the potential to revolutionize how teachers teach as well as how their students access their course work, notes and raw data from the Internet.

“We can’t keep giving our kids the kind of instruction I received in the 80’s, let alone giving it to them essentially in the way it was delivered in the 1880’s,” says Hill.  “I’m thrilled to be able to help DCS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution – a school that will get these students ready for the jobs they will want in the future, many of which don’t even exist right now.”

“From the very start, Randy has been the guiding force behind this initiative,” says Steve Bivins, vice president of Dallas Christian.  “We anticipate our entire campus will be utterly transformed by Randy’s gift.”

For the past eight months, teachers at DCS have been working with experts from Abilene Christian University, a recognized leader in the area of Mobile Learning, to prepare for complete integration of the iPad devices into the education process.

“Students at ACU are successfully using mobile learning as a part of their critical thinking and problem solving skill set,” says Dr. Billie McConnell, director of ACU’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute.  “It will be a true advantage for students in a high school setting to have this experience in and out of the classroom at such a pivotal age.”

Throughout the 2011-12 school year, DCS teachers and administrators will track how integration of iPads effects the classroom learning environment.  “It will be important for us to quantify our findings so we can build on the success of ChargerTech and, in so doing, better serve our students,” says Dr. Netterville.

Author: RWHill
• Saturday, August 06th, 2011

Yesterday Casey Roderick had a strong practice run and will start today’s race third on the pole.  Take a look at the video:

http://www.arcanation.com/videos/2054

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 05th, 2011

This weekend Randy Hill Racing heads to Pocono for an ARCA race at one of the most unusual tracks in the world:

http://www.arcaracing.com/news.php?contentid=11176

As the article notes:

“Known primarily for its unusual triangular shape and a crafty mix of oval track and road course characteristics, Pocono Raceway has – below the general radar – endured criticism in recent years for safety shortfalls. Before the 2011 season, however, track officials decided to do something about that.”

That’s right: Pocono features a triangular track that makes for some exciting racing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a safe track:

“For example, over a mile of new catch fence is now in place around the track’s outside, meant to keep any objects – such as an airborne car – from flying out of the race track in an incident.”

Be sure and watch the excitement this weekend on the Speed Channel and look for the Randy Hill Racing 08 ca

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 03rd, 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.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 01st, 2011

CLERMONT, Indiana (August 1, 2011) – - Casey Roderick, Jeff Spraker and Randy Hill Racing proved they can be race contenders with their second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.  However, bad luck once again plagued the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala in the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR).

Armed with the same car the team participated with two weeks prior at Iowa Speedway, Roderick and Co. set out to make a statement in the lone practice session at the historic short track. Making noise is exactly what they did as Roderick soared his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet to the top of the board for much of the practice before having to settle for fourth quickest overall.

Knowing that they had a good race car, Roderick and Spraker consulted and made a few minor adjustments hoping to give the team a chance at their first pole. Giving it his all in qualifying, Roderick whipped his machine around the track to a time of 22.641 miles per hour or 109.076 miles per hour, landing them exactly where they practiced, fourth.

At the drop of the green flag, Roderick hovered safely in the top-five. Finding himself in torrid battles with some of ARCA’s finest, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native continued to maneuver fast lap times.

Spraker opted to bring his driver down pit road on lap 62 for four tires and fuel but the driver slid through his pits forcing him to back-up before his team could service his vehicle. Roderick was also ticketed for entering pit road too fast which forced the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala to start at the tail end of the longest line.

Mired deep in the field but in the high teens on the race track, Roderick had to show patience as he worked his way through the field. Cleverly maneuvering his way through his contenders, Roderick had climbed into the 12th position by lap 68.

The yellow flag waived a lap later with Roderick picking up another spot and hoisting the 11th position. Spraker kept his protégé on the race track, restarting with his sights set on bolting back towards the top-five.

Roderick’s night turned tragic on lap 81 when his right front tire gave way sending him into the outside wall. The former Legends star was able to drive his Chevrolet bowtie back to the pits where the team changed tires and sent their driver back on the race track. Ultimately though, Roderick would return to pit lane and make the turn into the garage as suspension issues would keep the team from completing the 12th race of the season.

The team would be credited with a 31st place finish.

“I have to thank Jeff Spraker, Spraker Racing Enterprises and Randy Hill Racing for the opportunity to drive here at Lucas Oil Raceway,” sounded Roderick.  “Our car was really, really good. I messed up by overshooting the pits and speeding and I’m sorry to the guys about that. We were able to work our way back towards the front when without warning the car just shot up into the wall. I hate it. We’ll head to Pocono next weekend and see if we can’t get a finish that we rightfully deserve.”

While also disappointed with the outcome, Spraker continued to praise his pilot. “Casey is such a joy to work with,” the NASCAR veteran said. “He’s fast everywhere he goes. He made a mistake, but that’s bound to happen with a rookie. I think he learned from it though. Nothing we could do about the tire failure, it’s just one of the flaws to racing.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas rancher, inventor and entrepreneur, he was  pleased with the day, despite the end result. “This is racing and stuff like this is going to happen, but everyone knew we were here again,” he said. “Casey, Jeff and the crew should be proud of themselves for having such a stout race car even though we didn’t finish where we wanted to. We’ll go to Pocono and just see if we can’t steal the spotlight.”

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is a return to trip to the “Tricky Triangle” at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for the running of the Pennsylvania 125.  The 50-lap shootout is set for Saturday, August 6 with live coverage on the SPEED channel beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Exiting LOR, Roderick made his 10th career ARCA start on Thursday night. 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.

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PHOTO CAPTION: The No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS driven by Casey Roderick in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 29th, 2011

What an exciting ARCA race at the Lucas Oil Raceway last night!

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/arca-dillon-takes-lucas-oil-raceway-thriller/

As the article notes:

“Ryan Blaney was charging, but Ty Dillon had too much left in the tank. Dillon, a rookie and the points leader in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, held Blaney’s late rally at bay to take his sixth victory of 2011 in the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 and extend his impressive lead atop the series point standings.”

And it was another great race for Casey Roderick and Randy Hill Racing:

“By the time the top three reached Lap 30 and only 20 cars remained on the lead lap, Blaney and Buescher had cleared most traffic and had Dillon clearly in their sights. Just behind them, Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford) and Casey Roderick (No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet) drove fourth and fifth, respectively.”

This is just the beginning for Randy Hill Racing!

Author: RWHill
• Monday, July 25th, 2011

Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing Set For Lucas Oil Raceway Showdown

CLERMONT, Indiana (July 25, 2011) – - Even though they are not a full-time team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and even though they’ve only been teamed up for two races so far, Casey Roderick, Jeff Spraker and the Randy Hill Racing (RHR) team have been tapped as a sleeper for Thursday night’s Ansell Protective Gloves 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) at Indianapolis.

Recording a very respectable 13th place finish even after encountering a flat tire in their ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago, Roderick and Spraker gelled well together thus leaving the RHR team with a trail of confidence entering the 12th race of the season.

“I’m looking forward to Lucas Oil Raceway this week,” said Roderick, who has one ARCA Racing Series victory to his credit. “We’ve been working hard on our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala since we returned from Iowa. We’ve gone over the car with a fine tooth comb, so I’m pretty pumped.”

Set to make his ninth career ARCA Racing Series start on Thursday night, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native is eager to return to victory lane. Last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the avid late model driver stunned the competition by winning the race after starting last as a result of an engine failure in practice. Returning to victory lane has been on Roderick’s radar since the announcement of him driving for Randy Hill Racing.

“I really think we have the equipment to contend for top-fives and wins,” added Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala. “We proved that by practicing second at Iowa Speedway. Also, to have someone creditable like Jeff Spraker on top of the box is an added bonus. Iowa was our first race together and I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I told him what the car was doing and he adjusted it and made it better. If not for the flat tire, we would have been in the top-10 for sure.”

While aiming to be the first ARCA driver to enter victory lane at LOR in 25 years, Roderick knows that it will take teamwork and determination to make it a reality. “It’s great for ARCA to be coming back to Lucas Oil Raceway. It’s such a unique short track and everyone that I talked to has been thrilled to see it on the schedule. It definitely would be gratifying to re-ignite the ARCA records book with our own checkered flag.”

For the veteran Spraker, he is impressed with the sheer devotion that Roderick has displayed.

“I was told a lot of great things about Casey before I had the chance to work with him. Now, I know why,” Spraker commented. “He wants to go fast and that’s a crucial piece to the puzzle. But we’re working on some of the other fundamentals that will make him a better driver in the long run. I think we can go to LOR this week and improve on Iowa and show everyone how real of a deal this is.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas Rancher, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur returning to the schedule on the heels of a commendable run at Iowa has him looking forward to another short track showdown.

“I’m having a blast,” said Hill. “Casey (Roderick), Jeff (Spraker) and the entire team has really done a magnificent job prepping the cars at the shop and coming to the track ready to handle business. We’re all encouraged by the run at Iowa and we know that we’re capable of much more. We’re shooting for the win.”

Entering LOR, Roderick will make his ninth career ARCA start on Thursday night. In his previous eight 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 Ansell Protective Gloves 200 (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 12th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The eighth ever ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway is a one-day show. Practice begins Thursday, July 28 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated for later in the day set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED. Additional event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,324th 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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PHOTO CAPTION: The No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS driven by Casey Roderick in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Abilene’s Randy Hill is driven to succeed, this time in

NASCAR

Racing dream closer to goal

By Steven Berkowsky

Abilene Reporter-News

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

He has a car. He has a driver. And most important, Randy Hill has a dream: NASCAR team owner.

The Abilene businessman, 43, who has interests in agriculture, trucking and real estate, will realize his dream next month when his No. 08 Ford Mustang, with 18-year-old Casey Roderick behind the wheel, takes the track at Watkins Glen International for the Nationwide Series race.

The race will put Hill one step closer to his goal of running a car in the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR’s highest level.

Along the way, Hill, an Abilene Christian University alum, said he has encountered nothing but helpful people in his dealings with NASCAR: From racing legend Richard Petty, who was happy to offer Hill advice and support, to Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, who helped secure parts and equipment, to the Roush Racing Team, which sold Hill the car that Carl Edwards ran in last week’s Nationwide race in Iowa and which Hill’s team will race at Watkins Glen.

He also received support from NASCAR President Mike Helton, who has made Hill feel welcome at the sport’s highest level.

And Hill is going all-in, making the jump from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series, past NASCAR’s Truck Series directly to Nationwide, with an eye on the Sprint Cup Series.

“It’s really exciting. Such a neat, neat deal,” Hill said. “And I see just a huge opportunity in it.”

Some would say Hill is taking a costly gamble by making the move to NASCAR, which has suffered declining attendance and dwindling sponsorship as the economy has struggled.

But Hill, ever the entrepreneur, sees it as a gamble well worth taking, knowing success at racing’s highest level will attract sponsorship dollars, better cars and equipment, and will create bigger chances to succeed.

And Hill said he believes he has the team in place with Roderick behind the wheel and Jeff Spraker, a former NASCAR and ARCA driver with more than 30 years’ experience in the motor sports industry, leading his race team.

And Hill’s team did not disappoint in its debut. In their first ARCA race at the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway last Saturday, Roderick and the RHR team finished a respectable 13th despite being plagued with mechanical problems.

“For the last 100 laps, every time Casey pitted, they had to push him down pit row to get enough momentum for him to fire up the horsepower and get going,” Hill said. “And he finished 13th.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Hill said. “After the race, Spraker was working on the car and I bent over and said ‘What do you think?’ And he said, ‘He’s a good driver. He’s a real good driver.’

“He asked me what I thought and I told him, ‘Man, I’m having the time of my life.’ He told me, ‘You haven’t seen nothing yet. You just wait until we’re racing in NASCAR, racing those big races.’ ”

Hill said his No. 08, which has been raced successfully by such notables as Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($162,000 won in 1999), Joe Nemechek ($2.4 million in 2007), and most recently Johnny Sauter, carried little significance beyond looking good on the car.

“(No.) 08 just looked good to me,” Hill said. “I wanted something lower down. There’s just something in the mind that if you’ve got a lower number, it just seems that you’ve been in it longer.”

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Abilene Upstart ‘Randy Hill Racing’ Racing Into NASCAR

Young Team Owner Learning From Some Of Racing’s Biggest Legends

By Mike Skow, KTXS Sports

POSTED: 6:41 pm CDT July 19, 2011UPDATED: 7:08 pm CDT July 19, 2011

ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Business owner Randy Hill is only 43, and about to become the newest owner of a Nascar team.The owner of Randy Hill Racing has big goals as he makes the transition from the ARCA circuit to the Nationwide circuit next month.

“This was something that was a new adventure, and I see great potential in it,” said Hill.When Hill set out to become a racing team owner, he was quickly welcomed by the big wigs at Nascar.”We were invited to the Daytona 500 and meet with executives. When we walked in, they gave me an application to be a team owner. Nascar said, we’re always looking for new teams. And we’re also looking for young people interested in the sport,” Hill said.

After meeting with the organization, he set out to learn more about the sport, and came along one of the most famous faces in all of racing. Hill recently had the chance to meet Richard Petty, and walked away with a very powerful ally.”Why don’t you come across the street and meet Richard petty? And I walk over, and there’s the king,” Hill said. “About two hours later, I’m back at my hotel and I get a call, and this guy says, the king told me to call you and tell you. Anything you need, we’d be glad to help you.”

Since then, Hill decided to venture down the ownership road as sole financier. He says it costs roughly $60-thousand to fund a team every race week. His ambition to own a Sprint Cup team would require $30 Million a year.When it came to a driver, Hill didn’t have to look too far. Thanks to a friend with connections, he met Casey Roderick, a young driver with some chops behind the wheel.”Casey walks over and starts talking to me. Right then, when I first met him, I turned (to Ken) and said, that’s the guy right there.” Hill also spoke highly of the 18 year-old’s racing career. “Casey’s background has been everything from go-karts to Bandaleros, to Legend Cars. He’s won some championships in go-karts and Bandaleros,” Hill said.His team will spend three more races on the ARCA circuit before moving up to the Nationwide Series on August 13th at Watkins Glen. He expects to race Nationwide at the Pocono shortly after, and then hopefully at Texas Motor Speedway.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Click below to watch the video of last weekend’s press conference where Randy Hill Racing introduced its new driver, Casey Roderick:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/16037397#utm_campaign=synclickback&source=http://www.iowaspeedway.com/aspx/FanZone/VideoAlbum.aspx&medium=16037397

Author: RWHill
• Monday, July 11th, 2011

NEWTON, Iowa (July 11, 2011) – - Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) announced today that rising sensation Casey Roderick has been tapped to drive the team’s No. 08 entry.  Roderick will race this Saturday afternoon for the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Roderick who leaps over to RHR from a stint at Phoenix Racing in the ARCA Racing Series will look to guide the newly formed program into the spotlight in their inaugural debut with the aid of Spraker Racing Enterprises (SRE).

The Lawrenceville, Georgia native will make his first start at Iowa Speedway this weekend. But given his impressive short track resume, no one would be surprised if Roderick would soar the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala into the top-five in the 11th race of the 2011 ARCA season.

“I’m very appreciative and thankful for the opportunity presented to me by Randy Hill,” said 18-year old Casey Roderick. “I have to be honest: I wasn’t sure how much more racing I was going to be doing this year but the chance to prove myself with a new organization like Randy Hill Racing is a blessing. I don’t want to set our expectations too high, but I think with the people that are surrounding this team, we are definitely capable of going out there and running competitively in the top-10.”

When the former INEX Legend Car Series driver speaks of people around RHR, Jeff Spraker is one of the first to come to mind. The Motorsports veteran of 30 plus years will heed the role as crew chief on the No. 08 entry and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with a standout like Roderick.

“I’ve been around racing a long time and Casey Roderick has shown all the signs of being one of the next brightest stars in racing,” offered Spraker. “He is fast in everything he climbs in and he’s a winner. I’m looking forward to working with a driver that not only has a lot of confidence in himself but is eager to please, too.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas entrepreneur with experience in agribusiness and real estate, adding a talent like Roderick to his roster is the final touch.

“We were looking at a lot of drivers,” Hill said. “Casey stood out not only on the track with his success but off the track with his ability to bond with friends and fans alike. That’s an important factor as we build Randy Hill Racing into a successful empire. I know he is putting a lot on himself for this weekend at Iowa, but as a car owner, I just want to go out there and know that when we leave the track on Saturday, the team gave its very best.”

Roderick looks to make his eighth career ARCA start on Saturday afternoon. In his previous seven outings, Roderick has scored one win (New Jersey Motorsports Park), two top-fives and three top-10s. He also hoists a pole in his road racing debut at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway in February 2010.

The Prairie Meadows 200 (200 laps / 175 miles) is the 11th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The sixth ever ARCA race at Iowa Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 15th with an hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. A final fifty minute session has been etched in from 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated for race day, Saturday July 16th set to begin at 12:10 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 4:15 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED. Additional event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,323rd 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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PHOTO CAPTION: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

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EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 08th, 2011

Spraker Racing Enterprises To Lead Randy Hill Racing

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (July 8, 2011) – - Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) proudly announced today that Mooresville, North Carolina-based Spraker Racing Enterprises (SRE) will lead the team’s inception in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011.

Jeff Spraker, a former NASCAR and ARCA driver, will guide the rookie team as crew chief beginning next weekend at Iowa Speedway during their ARCA Racing Series debut in the Prairie Meadows 200. Spraker, a native of Latham, New York, has more than 30 years of experience in the Motorsports industry and has had the privilege to work with some of the sport’s most talented drivers in both divisions.

Spraker, also a car owner himself in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, will serve as a mentor for team owner Randy Hill, a Texas entrepreneur with experience in agribusiness and real estate who is making the leap to stock car ownership from the Lone Star State.

“I’m pleased to join forces with Spraker Racing Enterprises,” said Hill. “Jeff and his team have been an absolute pleasure to work with and we’re expecting a great relationship with them for many years to come. We knew in order to establish and grow our company that we needed to align ourselves with an organization that already has been established and has great credibility.”

Spraker is equally excited about working with Hill and his staff beginning with the 11th ARCA Racing Series contest of the year next Saturday afternoon.  “We’ve carefully put this program together,” said Spraker. “We’re excited about our driver and the relationship with Mr. Hill and his group. Being new to the industry, he knew what he needed to do and after several months of talking, I’m exciting to be officially affiliated with Randy Hill Racing.”

While RHR has not chosen a primary manufacturer for its operation yet, the team will utilize Ford Fusions and Chevrolet Impalas.

Mike Bliss, Dexter Bean, Drew Brannon, Clay Campbell, Kerry Earnhardt, Joey Gase, Ron Hornaday Jr., P.J. Jones, Alex Kennedy, Brandon McReynolds, Steve Park, David Ragan, Scott Riggs, David Reutimann, Michelle Theriault, Darrell Waltrip and Smokey Yunick are just some of the drivers that Spraker, who also has starts for himself in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS), NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) has been affiliated with in one capacity or another through SRE.

The Prairie Meadows 200 (200 laps / 175 miles) is the 11th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The sixth ever ARCA race at Iowa Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 15th with an hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. A final fifty minute session has been etched in from 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated for race day, Saturday July 16th set to begin at 12:10 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 4:15 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED. Additional event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,323rd 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

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 01st, 2011

Randy Hill Racing To Execute Missions In NASCAR, ARCA

ABILENE, Texas (June 30, 2011) – - In a time where the economic climate is still on shaky grounds, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) is set to invade the circuits of NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series in time to set a foundation that will propel it to accomplish goals, gain a new level edge of support and most importantly, win races.

Set to begin with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards contest at Iowa Speedway on July 16, 2011, for the Prairie Meadows 200, the team will then compete in two additional ARCA races and then make the leap to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Owned by Texas entrepreneur, Randy Hill, the team is diving into the sport in a time where new teams are few and scarce. Hill plans to build his team around the fundamentals of success and determination while strategically aligning his new operation with the right people.

“This is a very exciting time for me,” said Hill. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now. I’ve taken my time and done my homework to make sure this is something I’m prepared to embrace. I’ve set a strategy outline for myself and my team that we plan to stand by and execute 100 percent.”

Hill, a businessman with experience in agribusiness and real estate, added, “I felt it was best to start my team in the ARCA Racing Series, because it’s a great stepping stone not only for drivers but car owners as well. It’s been done in the past and even though we don’t plan a long stay in ARCA, we’re excited to be starting in that development series. Our heart is set on NASCAR. Our partners want to be there and I see a long-time presence there. I realize it’s going to take some time, but I’m ready for the uphill climb on and off the track.”

Randy Hill Racing will make additional announcements including driver, manufacturer and marketing partner(s) in the coming weeks.

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Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Are you kidding me?

http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2011/6/21/2235502/congresswoman-nascar-military-funding-2011

Let me make sure I have this right: a Member of Congress is complaining about the military’s involvement with NASCAR?

“Minnesota Democratic Representative Betty McCollum has stepped up her campaign to end military sponsorship in NASCAR. Rep. McCollum has failed twice to stop federal funding of NASCAR, professional fishing and professional wrestling, but is working on ways to continue her fight against what she sees as wasteful spending.”

Does Congresswoman McCollum not realize that spending money on marketing in NASCAR is a perfect way to advertise to potential recruits? Fortunately, the military understands this and so does the rest of Congress. I’m proud that our military supports NASCAR. It’s a perfect match.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This weekend NASCAR received some bad news:

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6687020

It seems that a key sponsor is leaving the sport:

“The difficult part of auto racing, the part that’s all about whether some company likes you enough to give you lots of money, showed its dark side last weekend. Red Bull is leaving NASCAR at the end of 2011, which AP first reported Monday morning before the Red Bull Racing Team confirmed it later in the day.”

But here is the part of the story that this article doesn’t mention: when one sponsor leaves, it creates an opportunity for a new sponsor. And with NASCAR being the most exciting sport around, it will be interesting to see who emerges to take Red Bull’s place.

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, June 16th, 2011

This week the Army celebrates its birthday. And thanks to one driver, NASCAR celebrates the Army every week:

http://www.mlive.com/autoracing/index.ssf/2011/06/ryan_newman_proud_to_wear_us_a.html

Ryan Newman honors the Army every time he drives. But he also honors the Army when he isn’t driving:

“NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman does not take wearing the U.S. Army colors on race day lightly. Newman, a South Bend, Ind., native and driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Bud Moore NASCAR Hall of Fame Chevrolet, enjoys the attention he gets from military personnel at the race tracks. He will be a part of the Army’s 236th birthday celebration that typically includes sharing a little birthday cake with servicemen and women at Michigan International Speedway.”

This is more proof that NASCAR really is the All-American sport!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, June 03rd, 2011

Here is the biggest proof yet that Indy racing is dying and NASCAR is only getting better:

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2011/jun/02/move-nascar-would-make-patricks-sponsor-very-happy/

Danica Patrick will join NASCAR full-time. I don’t know that. But I’m predicting it. Here is why:

“Yeah, the Indy 500 is still the Indy 500, but even what was once considered the greatest and grandest of motorsports events has lost its luster. Its TV ratings last year were the worst in history (and just 4.3 on Sunday), and not even the hype of the 100th anniversary of the race provided much of a boost.”

Danica knows that the future of racing is in NASCAR. And that’s why she’ll be there full-time. The question is not if, but when.