New Car, No Problem for Casey Roderick at New Smyrna

Roderick and Anthony Campi Racing pulled out all the stops to win on Wednesday night at New Smyrna.

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One night ago, Casey Roderick was dejected after a third-place finish in the Clyde Hart Memorial. For Wednesday, he and his team pulled out all the stops to score an elusive win in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Disappointed with three podium finishes but no wins to show for it, the Anthony Campi Racing team opted to return to their shop in Sarasota, Florida, roughly three hours away. At the shop, they made preparations through the night and morning hours to return to New Smyrna with the car Casey Roderick took to victory in the Red Eye in January.

Roderick paid off their effort by winning on Wednesday, taking the lead on lap 15 and checking out to finish more than three seconds ahead of William Sawalich.

“It feels really good," Roderick told Racing America. "I feel like we should have been in this position the last three nights. We’ve got the car, we’ve got the handling, we just had to match what they were doing down the straightaway. We did that tonight with this car we won at the Red Eye with.

“They had to go back to the shop in Sarasota and get it ready. We had it apart. They spent overnight getting it back together and set up for today. They did a heck of a job and I’m very thankful they did that. I’m glad I was able to get them a W for all that hard work and Team Platinum and Team ACR. We’re excited for the rest of the week.”

With the win under his belt and more padding to his World Series points lead, Roderick now turns his focus to the remainder of the World Series, with a 35-lapper on Thursday and the Orange Blossom 100 on Saturday left to go.

“We just have to keep our nose clean still and keep digging like we’ve been. We’re making the car better every night. Judging by how the car was during that 35-lapper, we still have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, we can pounce on them even harder tomorrow and give our Facebook friends something to talk about.”

Sawalich finished second, bouncing back from a mechanical issue while in contention to win the Clyde Hart Memorial on Tuesday. Jake Finch finished third, giving him podium finishes on back-to-back nights. Gio Ruggiero and Brad May rounded out the top five.

  1. Casey Roderick
  2. William Sawalich
  3. Jake Finch
  4. Gio Ruggiero
  5. Brad May
  6. Connor Mosack
  7. Conner Jones
  8. James Lynch
  9. Nicholas Naugle
  10. Brandon Short
  11. Billy VanMeter
  12. Gabe Sommers
  13. Austin Teras
  14. Steve Weaver, Jr.
  15. Hunter Wright
  16. Derek Griffith