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Author: RWHill
• Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Randy Hill Racing Surprises Casey Roderick

With Early Christmas Gift To Compete In Nationwide Season Finale

HOMESTEAD, Florida (November 17, 2011) – - Randy Hill, one of the newest owners in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), surprised his driver Casey Roderick with an early Christmas present by informing the rookie Wednesday afternoon that he will attempt to qualify for the season-finale Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway this weekend.

In an 11th hour deal struck between Hill and Go Green Racing (GGR), Roderick will pilot the No. 04 Randy Hill Racing (RHR) Ford Mustang in the 34th and final Nationwide event of the 2011 season. Originally, Hill had not planned on entering the South Florida contest however; the opportunity arose for Roderick to reunite with GGR under the leadership of NASCAR champion crew chief Paul Andrews and Hill knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

RHR and GGR united for the Zippo 200 at the Glen in August where Roderick qualified and finished the race in his inaugural Nationwide debut.

“Casey’s a magnificent driver,” said Hill, a successful entrepreneur from the Lone Star state. “We (Randy Hill Racing) made our debut at Texas Motor Speedway two weeks ago with David Ragan in order to evaluate our program. Undoubtedly, David (Ragan) was a great asset for the weekend and Casey learned so much and literally became the team’s biggest cheerleader for the weekend. He earned the opportunity to race this weekend.”

He continued, “We had not planned on taking our No. 08 Ford Mustang to the track this weekend in an effort to better prepare ourselves for next year, but when an opportunity arose that offered Casey a chance to get more seat time, I knew it was the right thing to do.”

For 19-year old Roderick, he had planned to vegetate in Mooresville, North Carolina this weekend to embrace the closing event of the 2011 season. But, when his telephone chimed with a message from Hill the rising star could barely contain himself.

“It’s very humbling and exciting all at the same time,” Roderick, a winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards stated. “I wasn’t planning on racing anything in NASCAR the rest of the year. Then Randy sent me the text message about how would I feel about racing Homestead, I immediately felt like a kid in a candy store.

Obviously, it’s the last race of the season and there is so much on the line for many of my fellow competitors, that we’ve kept our goals reasonable and easily obtainable on Saturday afternoon. First, we have to qualify, which I think we should be able to ace without hesitation – then it comes to racing all 300 miles in the Ford 300 and give our No. 04 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang a good run. I’m looking forward to working with Paul (Andrews) and learning from someone of his caliber. When the weekend is all said and done, we’ll debrief and focus on 2012,” concluded the Lawrenceville, Georgia native.

Hill added, “We’re carefully strategizing our schedule for 2012. We’re talking to some potential sponsors who have become increasingly interested in our program over the last couple of weeks. Not to mention the credentials that Casey (Roderick) has achieved makes me believe it’s going to be a busy, but successful 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign. However, before we can get started on that, we have to stay focused on Homestead this weekend. I would like to personally thank Archie (St. Hilaire, Go Green Racing owner) for opening the door for us to work together again.”

The Ford 300 (200 laps / 300 miles) is the 34th of 34 events on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. The first practice session of the weekend begins on Friday, November 18th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. A final “happy hour” practice session has been etched in from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Saturday, November 19th scheduled to lift off at 1:05 p.m. live on SPEED. The field will take the green flag later that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the anticipated thriller lifts off at 4:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

CONCORD, North Carolina (October 11, 2011) – - After making an appearance on the road course of Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and the one-mile oval of Dover (Del.) International Speedway, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) rookie driver Casey Roderick and his Randy Hill Racing (RHR) team will take another leap in their racing efforts by attempting to compete at an intermediate track for the running of Friday night’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Located in the backyard of Charlotte, North Carolina, CMS will be the first of two planned speedway races for the new formed RHR team owned by Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill. After a combination effort at WGI with Go Green Racing (GGR) and Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) at Dover, RHR is primed to shine in their own spotlight in their No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang.

“I’m super pumped about Friday night,” said Roderick, a winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. “Charlotte is an extremely fast track and carries a lot of excitement, but that’s something I love. The biggest thing is to get our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang handling good so we can have a strong starting spot and an even better finish.”

Knowing that he’ll have to make the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage on-time as the team is not guaranteed a starting berth, Roderick isn’t afraid of the potential obstacle knowing that he’s in good hands when it comes to crew chief Jeff Spraker.

“Jeff is a guy that never sleeps,” Roderick explained. “If you’re looking for a true definition of a racer, Jeff fits that to a tee.  He wants to go to Charlotte this week and run well and there isn’t a question in my mind with his knowledge and the support of RoushYates Engines that we can get our goals accomplished on Friday night.”

When asked what those goals are for Friday, the Lawrenceville, Georgia replied by saying, “We want to finish the race of course. I would like to think we’ll have a good enough car to finish inside the top-15, but we’ll take a top-20 for sure. For me, it’s about earning the respect of my competitors while also continuing to learn about these race cars and putting Randy Hill Racing in the limelight as much as we can. This all would not be possible without him.”

For Hill, he’s amped for racing under the lights and seeing his new team in action.

“I’m blessed to be associated with a lot of great people and a talented driver,” said Hill, a native of Baird, Texas. “We’re excited about going to Charlotte for a lot of reasons. But, we’re also enthused, because we genuinely feel like we can go out there and spark some attention and give everyone a preview of what will be to come with Randy Hill Racing.”

For crew chief and Motorsports veteran Jeff Spraker, he is eager to see the success of Randy Hill Racing blossom on the track.

“We’ve been working hard on our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang,” offered Spraker, a former driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “Casey is an incredibly talented driver and Randy is a successful businessman who has come into NASCAR with a plan and to make a name for himself. He’s given us the equipment and assets to do that. If we can stay out of trouble, we should be in good position to have a good night.”

Instead of sporting their normal purple paint scheme for Friday night’s anticipated rumble, the team has decked out their blue oval in pink to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“It was a joint decision between us all to change the paint scheme for this weekend,” said Hill. “This weekend is about remembering those who have lost their life to this horrible disease, those who are currently battling it and encouraging everyone to see their doctor and be tested to try and avoid becoming a victim of this type of cancer.”

From Charlotte, the Randy Hill Racing team plans to field an entry for Roderick at Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track and potentially the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November for the Ford 300.

The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage (200 laps / 300 miles) is the 31st of 34 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. The first practice session of the week begins on Thursday, October 13th with a one hour and twenty minute session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. A final fifty minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 6:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day set to launch at 3:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Performance 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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PHOTO CAPTION: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Randy Hill Racing (RHR).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Additional input on Jay Robinson Racing is available by logging onto JayRobinson.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

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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

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Race for the Cup is heading to Dover!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/bruce_martin/09/27/surviving.monster.mile/?xid=

This weekend, the leading contenders for the Spring Cup Championship will compete in Dover, Delaware at the “Monster Mile.” Why is this track so named? As the article puts it:

“The next stop on NASCAR’s Chase is Dover — the only concrete one-mile oval on the championship trail and one of the most pivotal races in the Chase. The sometimes slick surface and the high banks that make this track a bigger version of Bristol Motor Speedway can make or break a driver’s hopes of winning the championship.”

And don’t forget to check out the Nationwide race, too, where Casey Roderick will be driving the Randy Hill Racing car.

Don’t miss any of the action this weekend!

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Jay Robinson Racing To Field Randy Hill Racing’s Casey Roderick At Dover

DOVER, Delaware (September 26, 2011) – - Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) announced today that they have reached an agreement with longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) to field the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T for rookie Casey Roderick in Saturday afternoon’s  OneMain Financial 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Texas-based Randy Hill Racing is currently in the early stages of building a credible NNS operation which attempted to make its debut earlier this month at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. After mounting respectable and competitive times in practice, the team missed the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 after Roderick tagged the wall in his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang on his first lap of qualifications.

While the RHR team with the assistance of Mooresville, North Carolina-based Spraker Racing Enterprises is working on future races, Hill made a decision to put the Lawrenceville, Georgia native into the hands of JRR to allow his driver to gain additional seat time in the series, even if it means Roderick will make his “Monster Mile” debut on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s important while we are building our program, that if we are able to put Casey (Roderick) in a different car we will,” offered Hill, a Texan native. “We are grateful to everyone at Jay Robinson Racing for making this such a smooth process. We’re excited about welcoming Abilene Christian back into the Nationwide Series and I’m confident that with the help of JRR and Jeff (Spraker), Casey will easily meet everyone’s objectives this weekend.”

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.

In an effort to bring awareness about the university, Hill, a 1990 graduate, has for the second time in as many months made ACU his team sponsor for the day. The university’s logo and ACU.edu Web address will cover the car’s hood.

“Once again, Randy has given us a tremendous gift,” says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “His creative generosity in donating this sponsorship to his alma mater will help spread the word about ACU to hundreds of thousands of television viewers.”

Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last month at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in a combination effort between RHR and Go Green Racing. Knowing that he’ll be locked into Saturday field gives the 19-year old an opportunity to shift his focus slightly.

“First, I want to thank Randy Hill and Jay Robinson Racing for the opportunity this weekend,” Roderick offered. “This wasn’t an event that we had planned to compete in and I hoping after the misfortune at Richmond, we’re able to have a respectable weekend at Dover.”

When asked what a respectable weekend consists of, Roderick replied by saying, “I want to see both the green flag and the checkered flag. Obviously, we cannot stop things out of our control from happening that could ultimately halt that goal, but if I stay smart and sharp behind the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T, we should have more than a fair opportunity of reaching that goal.

Dover is not an easy track. It’s concrete and the track is often known for its sometimes unforgiving characteristics and nickname. It will be important to work with everyone at JRR to get our car handling as good as we can, so we can have a smooth and hopefully clean race on Saturday.”

From Dover, the Randy Hill Racing team tentatively plans to field an entry for Roderick at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track debut.

The OneMain Financial 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the 29th of 34 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. The lone practice session of the weekend beings Friday, September 30, with a one-hour and 55 minute session planned from 12:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day set to launch at 12:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 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 3:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Additional input on Jay Robinson Racing is available by logging onto JayRobinson.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

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: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T 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.comJay

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This weekend the eyes of the NASCAR world will be on Atlanta:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/marketers-race-to-atlantas-1151923.html

As the article notes:

“NASCAR comes to Atlanta this week, bringing with it companies pitching everything from pizza to pharmaceuticals to a new mango-strawberry energy drink. More than 100 companies have marketing or sponsorship deals with Atlanta Motor Speedway in conjunction with Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 race, according to AMS vice president of sales Greg Walter.”

NASCAR is a marketer’s dream. It has fans and plenty of media exposure. There has never been a better time to get involved with NASCAR than right now!