Roderick Stars In GMP World Crown 300 Opening Event
Wins Friday Night Legends and Thunder Roadster Races
Track PR Report
Casey Roderick proved to be the big winner Friday as Gresham Motorsports Park re-opened with a full INEX/600 Racing program and practice for the Late Models competing in Sunday’s 26th-Annual World Crown 300.
Roderick won both the Pro Legends and Thunder Car portion of the evening program while Cody Haskins grabbed the Semi-Pro Legends main event. Meanwhile, Randy Gunton beat Randy Thornton to the finish line to capture the Master Legends feature.
In Bandolero action, Alex Coffee won the first-ever race on the all-new Gresham Motorsports Park quarter-mile oval while Anderson Bowen got the best of the field in the Bandolero Young Guns division.
Earlier in the day, sunny skies and a full pit area greeted fans at the totally refurbished speedway Friday morning. Late Model practice for Sunday’s World Crown classic rolled off with a bang when Allen Karnes pasted the Turn 1 wall. The heavy impact destroyed Karnes’ ride and put him on the sidelines for the remainder of the weekend.
Meanwhile, times on the new GMP half-mile oval proved to be lightening quick as Chase Elliott led all practices with a best lap of 16.546 seconds – three tenths faster than the standing track record. In all, 12 drivers eclipsed the all-time track record of 16.83 seconds in practice.
Sunday’s World Crown 300 pre-race gala will feature a ribbon cutting, dedication, live music and driver introductions before the green flag waves at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Casey Roderick's Legends car. (51 Photo)