Randy Hill Racing has reached an agreement with longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series team Jay Robinson Racing to field the No. 70 Abilene Christian University Dodge for rookie Casey Roderick in Saturday''s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway.
Texas-based Randy Hill Racing is currently in the early stages of building a credible NNS operation and attempted to make its debut earlier this month at Richmond. After mounting respectable and competitive times in practice, the team missed the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 after Roderick tagged the wall in his No. 08 Ford on his first lap of qualifications.
While the RHR team, with the assistance of Spraker Racing Enterprises, is working on future races, Hill made a decision to put Roderick into a JRR emtry to allow his driver to gain additional seat time in the series, even if it means Roderick will make his "Monster Mile" debut on Saturday afternoon.
"It's important while we are building our program, that if we are able to put Casey (Roderick) in a different car we will," Hill said. "We are grateful to everyone at Jay Robinson Racing for making this such a smooth process. We're excited about welcoming Abilene Christian back into the Nationwide Series and I'm confident that with the help of JRR and Jeff (Spraker), Casey will easily meet everyone's objectives this weekend."
ACU is in Abilene, Texas just outside Hill's hometown of Baird, Texas. Their mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change the world.
Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA, made his Nationwide Series debut last month at Watkins Glen International in a combination effort between RHR and Go Green Racing. Knowing that he'll be locked into Saturday field gives the 19-year old an opportunity to shift his focus slightly.
"First, I want to thank Randy Hill and Jay Robinson Racing for the opportunity this weekend," Roderick said. "This wasn't an event that we had planned to compete in and I hoping after the misfortune at Richmond, we're able to have a respectable weekend at Dover."
When asked what a respectable weekend consists of, Roderick replied by saying, "I want to see both the green flag and the checkered flag. Obviously, we cannot stop things out of our control from happening that could ultimately halt that goal, but if I stay smart and sharp behind the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T, we should have more than a fair opportunity of reaching that goal.
"Dover is not an easy track. It's concrete and the track is often known for its sometimes unforgiving characteristics and nickname. It will be important to work with everyone at JRR to get our car handling as good as we can, so we can have a smooth and hopefully clean race on Saturday."
From Dover, the Randy Hill Racing team tentatively plans to field an entry for Roderick at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR's home track debut.