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Casey Roderick Doubles up at New Smyrna

Anthony Campi has won three races in two days across two divisions.

Jason Reasin

In a battle between the two would-be World Series of Asphalt championship contenders, it was Casey Roderick in the Anthony Campi Racing No. 18 that took a commanding lead by defeating William Sawalich head-to-head on Thursday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

It was the second win in a row for Roderick, who cleared Sawalich on a restart with 22 to go, and never looked back.

“We made some adjustments today to try to make it a little better,” Roderick said. “I thought we were too snug there, but it was a good race. Got the W, that’s what we wanted. I want to thank everyone for working on both cars, the Pro too, we’re having a great week.

“Keep it rolling and try to get more wins and it was a good points day for the World Series as well.”

Billy Vanmeter brought out the only caution on Lap 13 when he collided with Brandon Short, twice, in Turn 1 and Turn 2.  That set up the decisive restart where Sawalich had nothing for Roderick. But, Sawalich also thought there was a reason for that, too.

“We just didn’t need to be pushed up the race track like that,” Sawalich said. “If he’s that much faster, he could pass us clean. He didn’t try to pass me clean. I really just feel like if you’re that much better, pass me clean.”

The World Series of Asphalt concludes for the Super Late Models on Saturday night with the Orange Blossom 100. Roderick will carry a 21 point lead over Sawalich into that start.

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

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