Roderick Makes Triumph Return to Pensacola, Outduels Smith for Universal Fabricators 125 Win

By Chuck Corder Nothing like a trip to Victory Lane to unmuddle any lingering uncertainty. Earlier this month, Casey Roderick didn’t know what the future looked like for his Super Late Model program. The defending Deep South Crane Blizzard Series champion knew he’d be racing the Graham Motorsports No. 7, but how much remained a mystery. Roderick made an emphatic statement Friday night in the Universal Fabricators 125, the Blizzard Series season opener run in conjunction with the Southern Super Series, and erased all doubt concerning his track title defense at Five Flags Speedway. “We’re gonna run all of ’em again,” Roderick proudly announced with the checkered flag and winner’s trophy resting next to him. “This gives us a good baseline and it’s looking real good.” With the formidable Ricky Turner calling the shots on his SLM program and the indomitable Ronnie Sanders guiding Roderick in Pro Late Models, the Lawrenceville, Ga., native has two [...]

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Deep South Crane Blizzard Series Preview: Byron Goes From Virtual to Reality in Pursuit of Dreams

By Chuck Corder Could William Byron be the future of stock-car racing? He, of course, hopes so. With close ties to NASCAR superstars, a K&N Pro Series East championship already under his belt and now a Camping World Trucks Series rookie season in full swing, the 18-year-old driver certainly has a blossoming resume fitting of the next big thing. But, perhaps, the question can be better framed by massaging it: Could William Byron’s story be the future of stock-car racing? The Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School senior eschewed a traditional path that most young drivers follow. Forever a fan of the sport since age 6, Byron was an “iRacer” before he hopped behind the wheel of an actual racecar. He competed on a computer against other racing enthusiasts, some of which include drivers, at iRacing.com. “A lotta drivers and teams are starting to use it more as a tool,” Byron said of the online [...]

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Getting by with Help from Friends, Luza Ready to Take SLM Plunge at Deep South Crane Blizzard Series Opener

By Chuck Corder Good things come to those who wait. Even if waiting is the hardest part. These words are usually saved for motivational posters and cheesy song lyrics. But, sometimes, the cliché becomes the reality. It certainly did for Ryan Luza. After winning the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Model track championship last season at Five Flags Speedway, the 19-year-old Texan driver hoped the title would springboard him into a Super Late Model ride. But, for months, crickets was all he heard. “We knew we needed to move up, but there weren’t any opportunities,” the college sophomore said. “Nothing seemed to come together.” As the calendar turned to 2016, Luza and his family-based team began making plans for another PLM season. That is until February when two of Luza’s own crew members and longtime family friends stepped up to the plate. Thanks to some timely sponsorship, Luza has his SLM team. He will be a part [...]

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#95 Robert Riley

Driver Hometown: Gulf Breeze FL Car Owner: Robert Riley Tim Harris Crew Members: Robert Riley Tim Harris Kevin Chase Years In Racing: Have Years of wishing and weeks of driving or laps Sponsors: Sharktooth Auto Lloyds Glass Absolute Fitness Family: Wife Rebecca Riley 4 year old Jasmine Riley and one on the way father in law Tim Harris builder of engine and assembly of car Job Info: Auto Technician at Sharktooth Automotive In Gulf Breeze Fl Racing Accomplishments: Finished first two races ever wasnt last but wasnt first but practice makes perfect!  

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Thorn, Holmes Survive Wild Night to Score Pro Late Model Victories; 13-Year-Old Smith Makes Mark

By Chuck Corder Many adjectives would be apt to describe Friday night at Five Flags Speedway. Only one, however, could do it the justice it so rightly deserves: bizarre. Perhaps, the calendar had drivers in foul moods. April 15, Friday’s date, was after all Tax Day. Chalk it up to being just the second night of racing in the young season at the famed half-mile asphalt oval, an always abrasive and tricky track. For two divisions, the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models and the Faith Chapel Super Stocks, it was their debut races and it showed. Both classes had to have the opening green flag drop three separate times before finally completing a scored lap, a product of caution flags waving off their first two attempts to start their respective races. A few yellows flew for nasty and scary wrecks, some that required trips to the Escambia County emergency medical team bus for further evaluation. [...]

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