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NASHVILLE, TN :: Sometimes, you have to take a step back to move forward and that certainly has been the case in 2016 for Casey Roderick.

The 2013 World Crown 300 winner spent that season full-time in the Southern Super Series but has scaled back to a part-time role over the past two years. He did so for financial reasons but also out of simple practicality. He ran the full Five Flags Speedway campaign this year and was crowned the Blizzard Series champion for a second-straight season.

Now he’s turned his attention to Nashville and its famed guitar trophy.

“The money aspect is certainly why we’re picking and choosing where to run,” Roderick told Short Track Scene on Saturday. “But honestly, doing it this way has helped me feel more prepared each time we show up to the track. I feel really good about our efforts this weekend.

“I feel that way because everything is ready to go when we show up and that’s hard to come by when you’re racing every week. It’s easier to focus when you take that step back. You don’t get overloaded. It’s just a big turnaround to get these cars ready when you don’t have a full-time staff working on them.”

Roderick serves as his own crew chief and the Graham Trucking No. 7 is mostly a one-man effort. He’s received help from Tony and Jacob Pendley this summer and it has gone a long way. He won two races at Pensacola this year and enjoyed a great deal of success on the Pro Late Model ranks driving the legendary Ronnie Sander No. 18 at Montgomery and South Alabama Speedway.

And now he’s the second fastest qualifier for the 32nd All-American 400.

“This car is really good,” Roderick said. “It drives really good. We just have to keep the fenders on it. We’ve qualified well so now we just have to keep it together to the end.”

Roderick wants to return to a full-time role in the Southern Super Series next season and would also like to make a few other major events like the Winchester 400 and Florida Governor’s Cup. He has some sponsorship plans in the works and hopes to announce those closer to the Snowball Derby in December.

“This year has been great given how we’ve approached it,” Roderick said. “We’re getting some action with people wanting to help us. There’s some news coming so I can’t wait to share it. A good run tomorrow wouldn’t hurt.”

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 is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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