GMS Racing announced on Monday that successful short track racer, Casey Roderick will pilot the No. 23 Chevrolet Accessories Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway this weekend. No word from the team yet on why Spencer Gallagher, who was reinstated by NASCAR on July 4 will be out of the car for a second straight week.
He came back for the race at the Kentucky Speedway but Johnny Sauter raced the car last weekend in New Hampshire. There was speculation that the team is fulfilling contracts already signed before they knew Gallagher would be back, which the Sauter deal was already in place. Maybe another driver (Chase Elliott) was slated to run this weekend but the team found Roderick instead.
“I can’t thank Mike Beam, everyone at GMS Racing, Chevrolet and Chase Elliott enough for believing in me to make this possible,” said Roderick. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to be back in the Xfinity Series. I am excited to get to Iowa to work closely with Chad (Norris, crew chief) and the GMS Racing team to get this No. 23 Chevrolet Accessories Camaro up front and have a strong run.”
In Super Late Model competition, Roderick is the most winningest driver and currently leads the Southern Super Series championship. His most recent win was this year at the famed Five Flags Speedway in the Allen Turner PLM 100, a track where the 25-year-old is a three-time track champion.
“We are very excited about having Roderick behind the wheel this weekend at Iowa Speedway,”said Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing. “ He is a great short track racer and has had a lot of success in his career around the Southeast. It’s nice to give someone who works so hard a chance to show his skill at a national level.”