With 18 victories, 27 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes so far on the short tracks of the Southeast, Casey Roderick of Lawrenceville was the unanimous choice of a media panel to be the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame’s Driver of the Year.
Roderick, who drives primarily for Georgia Racing Hall of Famer Ronnie Sanders and is considered one of the top young drivers in America, also has three championships already this season.
Throughout the year, the 25-year-old Roderick has raced and won on many of the same tracks that Sanders dominated during his time behind the wheel.
Roderick’s first win of 2017 came on Jan. 7 in the Zack Donatti Memorial at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. He backed that up with a win at Crisp Motorsports Park in the Pro Late Model portion of Speedfest on Jan. 29.
He got his second victory at Cordele and his 18th overall of the year on Oct. 18.
He opened the month of March with a victory at Montgomery Motor Speedway in the first installment of that track’s Show Me The Money series. He went on to win four more of those races and the season title of that series as well.
Roderick won four Pro Late Model races at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., and that track’s Big Machine series season championship.
He also found success at Five Flag Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., where he opened his season there in March with a win in the Allen Turner 100 for Pro Late Model drivers. He went on to win three more races in that series and the division title.
While most of Roderick’s wins have come in the Pro Late Model division, he’s also found success in the Super Late Model division. He won a Southern Super Series 100 lapper at Fairgrounds Speedway in April and posted five other top-five finishes.
Roderick already has made starts in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Camping World Truck series and won an ARCA race on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports park in 2010.