Author: RWHill
• Thursday, October 06th, 2011

DOVER, Delaware (October 5, 2011) – - Despite taking the checkered flag in the 28th position at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 driving the No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS in a joint effort between Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) and Randy Hill Racing (RHR), Casey Roderick’s oval debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) was considered a success after he saw both the green and checkered flags.

A commendable top-20 finish in his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start looked realistic in Saturday’s 200-lap slugfest but a series of obstacles including a shock failure set the tone for the end result at the “Monster Mile.”

Still Roderick, 19, made the best of the situation and soldiered on to earn respect from his fellow competitors while also acquire crucial seat time that will aid him in his remaining 2011 NNS schedule.

Producing the 33rd fastest time in the lone practice session of the weekend on Friday and maneuvering the 36th fastest lap in qualifying, Roderick quickly stepped up to the plate when the green flag dropped by moving into the 26th position by the completion of lap two.

Continuing to maneuver towards the top-20, Roderick would find himself battling the cars of Mike Wallace, Blake Koch and Scott Riggs while also putting laps on the scoreboard.

A competition caution at lap 40 found Roderick as the last car on the lead lap and an opportunity to bring his No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS to pit road for fuel and a chassis adjustments.

On the restart, the former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner attempted to gain track position but the lack of rubber underneath his No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS eventually allowed the lead pack to tag onto the rear of Rockerick’s automobile to take him off the lead circuit.

After a gallant effort, the yellow flag would waive a short time later with Roderick being the first car one-lap down and the beneficiary of being the “Lucky Dog”, which allowed the team to re-obtain their status on the lead lap.

The call from crew chief Dave Fuge Jr. allowed Roderick to come down pit road for some much needed Goodyear rubber before returning to the track at the tail end of the longest line, the rule regulated for returning to the lead lap.

As the race pressed on and running competitively in the top-25, Roderick’s day would slowly begin to take a downhill turn. Just after the halfway point, a right front shock failure ultimately severed the splitter on the front-end of the No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS, almost immediately throwing handling issues into play for the Lawrenceville, Georgia native.

The mishap would force an unscheduled green flag stop which took the team out of contention towards a good finish. From then, it was staying out of trouble and logging laps for Roderick and Co. While Carl Edwards went on to win Saturday’s race in dominating fashion, Roderick hunkered down and fought his way to the 28th place finish in his Dover International Speedway debut.

“Dover is by far, my favorite race track,” offered Roderick. “I want to thank Randy (Hill), Jay (Robinson) and the efforts of Jay Robinson Racing and Spraker Racing Enterprises for making the race possible. We had some setbacks which prevented us from a better finish, but that’s over and done with and we just have to move forward with our heads held high. I’m grateful for the experience and the opportunity to compete at Dover and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In the end, we completed our goals and came here and did what we planned to do. Now, we can turn our concentration towards our next race and work on building towards a good finish.”

For Hill, he was exceptionally pleased with the effort of his young vibrant driver.

“I can’t say enough about Casey,” said Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill. “He did a great job even in some times of turmoil during the race. He could have easily gotten frustrated and we could have had a different outcome. However, his maturity though takes him beyond his years and he showed that in style at Dover. We’re looking forward to our remaining races and building a stronger presence in the series next year.”

With his effort on Saturday, Roderick was approved by NASCAR on Monday to compete at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the running of the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on Friday, October 14th where he will return to the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang in an effort led by Motorsports veteran Jeff Spraker.

Next up for the NASCAR Nationwide Series is a trip out West to Kansas Speedway for the running of the Kansas Lottery 300 set for Saturday, October 8, 2011.

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About Abilene Christian University:

Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, Texas, not far from Hill’s hometown of Baird. A national leader in higher education, ACU’s mission is to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

PHOTO CAPTION: The No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Jay Robinson Racing (JJR) and Randy Hill Racing (RHR) at Dover (Del.) International Speedway driven by Casey Roderick.

PHOTO CAPTION II: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 70 ACU.edu / Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Jay Robinson Racing (JJR) and Randy Hill Racing (RHR).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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