By claiming his 21st-career feature win at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder, Roderick jumped ahead of NASCAR Nationwide Series phenom Joey Logano for the third-most wins in Thursday Thunder history. Now, the Lawrenceville native sits just one win behind NASCAR Sprint Cup Series upstart Reed Sorenson for second on the all-time wins list.
"It was cool to find out I passed a big-name driver in wins, but I didn't hear about it until after the race," said Roderick. "It means a lot to be mentioned with Reed [Sorenson], Joey [Logano] and Doug Stevens, the guys with the most wins out here. It was pretty cool. Now, I've got to keep running to get to the second most [wins]."
Like the pair of NASCAR up-and-comers before him, Roderick honed his skills on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring," a quarter-mile oval track that plays host to Legend Car racing, with 5/8-scale replicas of '30s and '40s Fords and Chevys powered by motorcycle engines competing. Roderick has become a staple in the event's winner's circle with 21 wins in six years, seven since moving to the Pro class in 2006.
"I think Casey is better than anyone we've ever had out here," said Pete Horne, director of Legends Cars of Georgia. "He is smoother, makes better decisions and doesn't tear up his car - he's just better than everyone else.
"Reed, Joey and the other good drivers all had multiple cars and people behind the scenes," Horne continued. "He's a one-man show with his dad, David, helping tune the car. The fact that he has done all this with just one car is phenomenal. Joey and Reed didn't do that."
The 15-year-old Roderick has been a natural since climbing into his first racing kart at the age of five. He won his first contest that same year and would claim his first division championship a year later. Since then, Roderick has won whenever and wherever, taking major titles in Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and Las Vegas most notably.
In his first two years racing in AMS' Thursday Thunder series, Roderick took 12 checkered flags before moving up to the Semi-Pro class. One year, two wins and three second-place finishes later, Roderick jumped to the Pro division at the age of 13.
Roderick has proved to be one of the best at AMS in three years against Pro-caliber competition. He has piloted his way to first place on seven occasions and has totaled 16 podium finishers in 21 Pro starts, highlighting Roderick's remarkable consistency among AMS' top Thursday Thunder competition.
"He's the real deal and he's on the right path," added Horne. "He's had early success and now has some of the contacts. If he keeps hard at it and if things work out for him, he'll be the next Logano."
With his 16th-birthday on the horizon in August, Roderick is continuing to push the pedal hard to the next stop in his young racing career
"We're shooting to take the next step when I turn 16. I've got some testing coming up for ARCA and I'm hoping to make three or four races towards the end of the year," explained Roderick. "Hopefully, if I do well I can make an appearance in one of the first dirt races after my birthday."
But before he turns 16, Roderick is looking to put his name above another NASCAR notable, Sorenson, in AMS' record books.
"I'm going to run the rest of the Thursday Thunder season and see if I can pass Reed. That's what I want to do next," said Roderick.
Thursday Thunder will run every Thursday through August 7. An adult ticket to Thursday Thunder is just $5 while kids ages six to 11 are just $1. Kids five and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. More information can be obtained by calling 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.