Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Fast Facts
NASCAR Nationwide Series Race No. 2; Bashas’ Supermarkets 200,
Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
Race Information: Event: Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Local Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern) Track: Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway Qualifying: Saturday, March 3, at 11:05 a.m. Local Time Track Length: 1.0-mile paved oval.
Last Time Out; Daytona International Speedway: Together, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and Casey Roderick made their Nationwide Series debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in last Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. After qualifying 32nd, Roderick blasted his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang into the top-10 but was collected in the “big one” on lap 103. The team would be regulated to an undesirable 36th place finish.
Welcome To The Copper State: This weekend, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) travels to Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway for the running of Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200. Neither RHR nor Roderick have been to the one-mile speedway but look to be one of the 43 starters in the second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season.
The Low-Down On Roderick: Casey Roderick, the 19-year old rising phenom from Lawrenceville, Georgia will look to make his fifth career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday afternoon. The former Bill Elliott Racing development driver made three starts in 2011 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway and tackled his first superspeedway at “The World Center of Racing” last Saturday. He is also veteran and champion of the INEX Legends Car Series and multiple late-model winner.
Did You Know?: Roderick is a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winning at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the Garden State 150 presented by the American Red Cross. After blowing a motor in the opening minutes of practice, Roderick who then was driving for Bill Elliott missed qualifying but earned a provisional to start the race 34th. During the 67-lap event, Roderick thundered his No. 51 Bill Elliott Racing Dodge Charger to the front of the field to lead seven laps including the last one to score his first career victory in only his fourth ARCA career start. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Roderick has competed in 10 ARCA Racing Series events overall including three for Randy Hill Racing in 2011.
Two Rookies: Not only is Casey Roderick a rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but car owner Randy Hill carries the rookie stripe in the garage area as well. Hill, a successful entrepreneur, rancher and inventor from Texas is in the midst of his second year on the Nationwide tour as a car owner. Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) owner Robert Yates and former NSCS driver Ken Ragan have all been influential in Hill’s foray into Motorsports.
Congratulations In Order: Last Saturday night, car owner Randy Hill was given Dallas Christian School’s prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hill, a native of Garland, Texas and 1986 alum of Dallas Christian School (DCS). He was an outstanding athlete in high school and played on the 1985 State Championship Football Team. Hill received the award after his eagerness and devotion to continuing education in his home state of Texas. In December 2010, Hill donated brand new iPads to the entire faculty staff at DCS in order to improve learning experiences in the classroom.
Calling The Shots: Like Daytona, Randy Hill Racing in its alliance with Go Green Racing (GGR) will have crew chief Paul Andrews calling the shots on the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang at Phoenix. David Ingram will heed the role as car chief for Saturday’s contest.
Vroom, Vroom: Did you know that Randy Hill Racing has NASCAR Nationwide Series die-casts available for purchase? Currently, the team has a healthy inventory of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang from the 2011 season available in both the 1:24 and the 1:64 scale models. Further information is available by visiting the Randy Hill Racing Facebook page. The team also plans on handing a few of the cars out to the fans this weekend at PIR, much like they did at Daytona last weekend.
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Randy Hill Racing, Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway Pre-Race Quotes: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang
On Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway: “Man, Daytona was great. I just wished we would have left there with better results, because our finish was definitely not an indication of our performance. Everyone at Randy Hill Racing did a fantastic job. It was an incredibly stout field but I feel we were able to prove ourselves on the track. I can’t thank Randy (Hill) enough for giving me the opportunity to race; it’s something I will never forget.”
On Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway: “I think it’s going to be another positive weekend for Randy Hill Racing. I consider myself a good short-track racer and with the leadership of Paul (Andrews) and David (Ingram), I think our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang will be someone to contest with. The track went through a major overhaul last year but I think the racing is a lot better for the fans and drivers alike which should make Saturday’s race exciting.”
On A Realistic Goal For Saturday Afternoon: “Well, first, we’re a go-or-go-homer, so we have to make the race on time, which I think we are definitely capable of doing again. Once that’s settled, we can turn our attention towards the race and plan on finishing somewhere in the top-20 on Saturday afternoon.”
On Racing In The NASCAR Nationwide Series: “I can’t even begin to describe all the feelings. I’ve wanted so long for the opportunity to race in NASCAR and Randy Hill Racing has made those dreams become a reality. Everyone is very supportive from the folks at NASCAR to the other teams and drivers; it’s just a refreshing feeling for someone like me. I know what this team is capable of; I just hope luck is on our side this weekend and we can prove that we belong here.”
Randy Hill Racing, Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway Pre-Race Quotes: Randy Hill, owner of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang
On Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway: “I was extremely proud of Casey (Roderick) and everyone on the RHR team. We were able to come down to Daytona, overcome a blown motor in practice, qualify solidly for the race and be a contender when push came to shove. It’s unfortunate that the “big one” ruined our chances of a gratifying finish, but that’s just reality of restrictor plate racing. Nonetheless, I think we turned some heads last Saturday.”
On Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway: “I’m eager to get things rolling in Phoenix. Our Ford Mustang should be real good and I think this is a track that fits Casey’s mojo. It’s a long-race, so patience will be crucial and handling I think will be everything, but I have a good feeling about Saturday’s race.”
On A Realistic Goal For Saturday Afternoon: “Most definitely, I think we’re capable of finishing somewhere in the top-20. We’re still learning and growing as a team, but we’ve poured a lot of resources into our program with the goal of coming to the track and being a competitive fixture.”
Casey Roderick, Phoenix International Raceway NASCAR Performance Record:
Date Event Start Finish Laps Status
No prior NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway.
The Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the second of 33 events on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. The first practice session of the weekend begins on Friday, March 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. live on SPEED. A final “happy hour” practice session has been etched in from 2:10 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. also live on SPEED. Qualifying is set for the following day, Saturday, March 3 scheduled to lift off at 11:05 a.m. The field will take the green flag later that day just after 2:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the anticipated thriller is tentatively scheduled to lift off at 2:00 p.m. also on ESPN2. All times are local.
Driver / Team: Randy Hill Racing on the web: RandyHillRacing.com
Sanction: NASCAR Nationwide Series: NASCAR.com.
Twitter: @RandyHillRacing and @CaseyRoderick1.