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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).

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NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

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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.

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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
• 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
• Friday, August 26th, 2011

For some time now, I have been telling anyone who will listen that NASCAR is the future of racing. It looks like someone agrees with me:

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/25/3099676/danica-patrick-commits-to-a-full.html

Danica Patrick is easily the biggest star of the Indy Series. And now, she is switching full-time to NASCAR:

“’I go where my heart tells me, where my gut tells me, where I’m enjoying my life the most, where I feel I can have the most success,’ Patrick said at a news conference outside Phoenix, the home of her sponsor, GoDaddy.com. ‘I’ve truly enjoyed my experience in NASCAR to the point I want to do it full time.’”

NASCAR is heading for even bigger things in the future. And now Danica will be a part of it.

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 15th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 14, 2011) – - Making a NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)  debut at a road course is not exactly the norm, but that is the challenge rookie driver Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and Go Green Racing (GGR) faced at Watkins Glen International for the Zippo 200.

The 19 year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia native had recently competed in the previous three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events with Randy Hill Racing and Spraker Racing Enterprises before entering Watkins Glen.

Roderick and his No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang team faced a battle during practice. While fighting a free racecar, Roderick had no testing experience in a Nationwide Series car and was forced to learn on the spot in the weekend’s only two hour practice session. Roderick turned twenty laps and posted his fastest lap, good enough for 22nd overall on his last lap in practice.

Qualifying in group five, Roderick picked up from his practice time by nearly three tenths of a second, and continued to show great improvement with limited track time. Roderick qualified 24th, the best qualifying effort for the No. 39 team in the past five races.

As the race began, Roderick quickly made timely moves and picked up two positions on lap one and found comfortable track position in 22nd to gain experience in the early stages. With lap times constantly improving, Roderick was looking for a way to crack the top 20 as he moved up to 21st in the No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford. Before the team’s first green flag stop on lap 19, the Georgia native reported that his No. 39 Ford Mustang was snug in most corners but began to free up as the run went along.

Roderick learned a valuable lesson coming into his pit box, as he slid through his sign, but chalked it up to experience. Quickly after the round of pit stops, the race’s first caution flew at lap 25, which left Roderick one lap down.

A long green flag run through the middle portion of the Zippo 200 gave Roderick the opportunity to gain spots back lost on pit road. By lap 60, Roderick had moved back to his starting position of 24th and found himself racing for the Lucky Dog position to get back on the lead lap. However, the cautions did not fall the ACU Racing team’s way, even with Roderick posting his fastest lap of the day on lap 74.

Just shy of the white flag, Roderick’s learned another rookie lesson after spinning in the inner loop with two laps to go, running 23rd forcing just the second yellow flag of the day. Recovering from the spin and surviving a green-white-checkered finish, Roderick finished his Nationwide Series debut 25th.

“I was just glad to make a lot of progress throughout the race and the weekend,” Roderick said. “After never running a Nationwide car at any time, I felt like we really made progress and we were the most competitive near the end of the race. At this point, that’s what I look for, is to keep getting better and better every time we get on the track. It was real fun to have Abilene Christian University on the car this weekend, and it’s neat to see a different type of organization be involved in NASCAR and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it with Randy Hill Racing.”

Team owner Randy Hill was more than pleased with the overall weekend with Roderick and Go Green Racing at Watkins Glen International.

“I’m so pleased to be with Casey and be a big part of his growing career,” Hill said.  “We came here to get more experience under our belt as a team, Casey as a driver and myself in an ownership type role. Watkins Glen is a great venue and everyone at Abilene Christian University have been a pleasure to work with to promote mobile learning and we enjoyed working with them every step of the way this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of Casey and especially the Go Green Racing team for their effort this weekend.”

Randy Hill Racing will take a brief break from competition and begin preparing for a stretch of races this fall with Roderick at the helm.  The team’s official plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

NAME: Josh Weinrich, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 636.236.9687

EMAIL: josh@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 12th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 11, 2011) - – The Lone Star state will be well represented this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI). NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner Randy Hill will unveil a purple and white Ford Mustang with 19-year old Casey Roderick at the helm boasting the colors of Abilene Christian University (ACU).

“It’s such a blessing for me to be a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” Hill said. “The opportunity to bring Abilene Christian University on-board for our debut seems only fitting. The university has done so much for me and others; I want everyone to know just how great of a place ACU really is and what they can offer to others.”

Hill is a strong supporter of education and helped initiate a program that provides iPads to schools. Hill began the initiative last December at Dallas Christian School by helping to donate iPads to teachers.  He later helped create a similar initiative at Abilene Christian School.  This week, he received national press attention for partnering with Abilene Christian University and Dallas Christian School to provide iPads 2 to students at Dallas Christian School.

“This is about giving back,” Hill said. “Sure, we’re going racing this weekend to have fun in our No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang. But off the track, it’s about what more Randy Hill Racing and its associates can do not only now but for the future when it comes to education.”

This is the first K-12 school in America to implement a universal iPad initiative. Hill followed up at ACS in January 2011.

The Zippo 200 at the Glen (82 laps / 200.9 miles) is the 23rd of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, August 12 with a two-hour session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day on Saturday, August 13th set to launch at 9:45 a.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR (Satellite) Radio (Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 1:00 p.m. also on ESPN.

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

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

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

About Abilene Christian University:

ACU hoisted in Abilene, Texas just on the outskirts of Hill’s hometown of Baird, Texas. Their mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.  ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change 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: NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner and Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight / Josh Weinrich – Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797 / 636.236.9687

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com / josh@chrisknightpr.com