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Casey Roderick Claims First World Series Victory

This could be the start of a lot of wins for Campi, Platinum and Roderick.

Now Casey Roderick can turn his attention towards the World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model championship.

Entering Thursday, he held the points lead but was very adamant that he didn’t want to be a winless champion, and that Anthony Campi Racing powered by Team Platinum came to New Smyrna to in pursuit of Victory Lane and not consistency.

Now, with just two races remaining, Roderick can aim for both.

Roderick passed Jake Finch on Lap 14 and drove away over the final laps to win for the first time at New Smyrna and during Florida Speedweeks. It required a pretty big save as Finch got into the back of Roderick during an attempted crossover, but the Phoenix Racing No. 51 laid off the Campi No. 81 and the race resumed in earnest.

Finch has professed respect and admiration for Roderick many times over the past three years. Roderick is a driver the Finches hold in high esteem. The younger Finch did not mean to get into Roderick and immediately apologized in Victory Lane.

It was actually kind of ironic that the race featured a little bit of contact because Roderick had told Finch earlier in the week to race him a more aggressively.

“I saw how he raced a couple of nights ago, and he just let me go like I was on a Sunday cruise, and I told him that,” Roderick said. “Maybe I shouldn’t have told him that. He took it to heart.

“I told him to dig deep and don’t be afraid to show these boys you can drive a race car. He’s done that and I’m proud of him for what he’s starting to accomplish. He’s had a fast car all week. He’s doing good and I’m really proud of him.”

Finch finished second to William Byron on Tuesday in the Clyde Hart Memorial and was just trying to make a difference at the midpoint of the race on Wednesday.

“That stung and I was just dealing with tight on throttle a little bit too,” Finch said. “I didn’t realize that was Casey behind me. I’ve learned a lot from Casey over the years and it was cool to race with him. These are powerhouses we’re racing against with Campi and the Donnie Wilson cars. I was happy to see Casey win, and it was a fun night, where we learned a lot too.”

The Super Late Model World Series of Asphalt has two races remaining. There is a 35 lapper on Thursday and the 100 lap Orange Blossom on Saturday night.

World Series of Asphalt Super Late Model Race 4
New Smyrna Speedway
February 16 2023

  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

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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