Q&A with Casey Roberts
An interview with Blount Motorsports driver Casey Roberts
By Bob Appleget
Casey Roberts is a third generation racer that has been racing dirt stock cars since he was 18 years old. Casey is married to his high school sweetheart Cathy. They have two children, Brynn 19 and Mason 14. Maggie their golden retriever is the fifth member of family and refused to give her age.
Blount Motorsports: You are a third generation racer with both your father and grandfather racing. Is that how got you interested in racing
Casey Roberts: I basically grew up in racing. I did some go-karts when I was growing up, but my mother wouldn’t let me race stock cars until I graduated from high school.
My grandfather George “Fireball” Roberts raced Skeeters at the area race tracks. People ask me all the time if he was “The Fireball Roberts” and the answer to that is no, but he was a good racer too. That’s where my number 101 came from.
My Dad, Smoky Roberts, raced and matter of fact he is still racing.
BMS: I saw your Dad race at Toccoa in the early 80s and he is still turning left?
CR: He is still at it. He is racing a Modified Street car at Toccoa, Lavonia and other local tracks.
BMS: What class did you start racing in?
CR: Like I said my Mom wouldn’t let me race dirt cars until I graduated from high school so I didn’t start until I was 18. I raced some go-karts before that, but I was 18 when I started racing in the Hobby and Limited classes at local tracks.
BMS How long was it before you started racing a Late Model?
CR: I started racing a Late Model when I was about 20. I got hooked up with Jimmy and Ann Cushman about the same time Mason was born. I’ve raced with the Cushmans for over 14 years.
BMS: That is a long time to keep a team in any sport together, but especially in short track racing. How did you manage it?
CR: We hit it off really well with Jimmy and Ann Cushman. Both of them are big race fans. They love to go to races and be apart of the racing. Over the years we have become good friends and they are like a second family for Cathy the kids and I.
Even though they had to call it quits as far as the race team goes we are still like family and we spend time together. Both of them love racing and we will see them both at the track and away from the track now and in the future.
BMS: During your time with the Cushmans you had a lot of success with four Ultimate Championships, a Southern All Star Championship and a Southern Nationals Championship. You also won two Lucas Oil Series races and a WoO feature at Volusia County Speedway. Does any one championship and or a particular race mean a lot to you?
CR: Winning races is what it is all about and any win is a good win, but to answer your question I think the WoO win at Volusia County during Speedweeks was probably the best.
BMS: Why is that?
CR: At Volusia you have drivers from both the Lucas Oil Series and the World of Outlaw Series so you are competing against the best in front of a big crowd on a big stage. I think that year there were about 75 Super Lates in the pits and it is especially nice when you outrun Scott (Bloomquist) for a win.
BMS: You have won on tracks of all different sizes and configurations with the Lucas and WoO wins coming on larger tracks. What tracks do you prefer?
CR: I like the bigger tracks like Volusia and Smoky Mountain and the little tracks like Ray Cook’s Tri-County too. I really don’t have a preference. I like them all.
BMS: You have chased points and won championships and raced selected races without chasing points. Which do you prefer?
CR: If you chase points and win a championship or finish well in the points that extra money at the end of the year is really nice, but chasing points can be really hard. If can be really hard especially when you are driving by a track with a 10k to win race to go to a 4k to win race farther down the road.
Basically I just like to race and now that I am racing with Blount Motorsports it is all about what they want to do. If they want to run 80 races, 40 races and or chase points I’m in.
BMS: Backing up a little bit here. You spent 15 years racing with the Cushman Team and when they had to back away from racing you end up with the Blount Motorsports Team. Were you born under a lucky star or what?
CR: I have to admit I have been very fortunate. I don’t think there are a lot of Super Late Model teams that have been together for 15 years and there are only a few Super Late Model teams running regionally that are comparable with Blount Motorsports out there.
To have Donald (McIntosh) decide he wanted to take a shot at Lucas and free up the BMS seat at the same time that Jimmy and Ann are getting out of racing was huge. For me to end up as the driver for Blount Motorsports and basically stepping out of one good ride into another is special. I mean what are the odds of something like that happening?
BMS: You have only one race under your belt with Blount Motorsports. With that said you know David Bryant and have raced against him for years. What do you think so far?
CR: I’ve known David for years. I have watched how they approach things, how they do things. It is a first class operation with top-notch equipment. Second at 411 for our first time out wasn’t bad and if you think about it, it could have been a whole lot worse. We didn’t win, but we came away with something good that we can build on.
David and everyone are pretty laid back. I am sure there will be some small adjustments and tweaks made here and there, but I am pretty laid back too (Note: Casey has an excited pulse rate of 10.) and we all want to win. This has the potential of being really good.
BMS: You went from basically doing all the work on the car yourself to having a team doing car prep and then making the changes etc. at the track. How did things go at 411 for the first race?
CR: (Laughing) There were times I felt like a lost puppy not knowing what to do with all the time I had in the pits. I had the luxury of checking out the track and things that I normally didn’t have time for before.
With my experience of doing everything and basically running my own operation I think that I can help and make contributions to the team, especially when we have to thrash on the car in the pits after a wreck or something.
Like I said before as we get to know each other better and figure things out, I am sure there will be plenty of ways I can help.
BMS: There are a couple of races in January, followed by February and the Georgia Florida Speedweeks before things kick off in March with WoO at Smoky Mountain on the ninth. So it won’t be long until things really start to open up. How do you feel about the 2018 season?
CR: I’m excited about the whole deal. I can’t wait to get going and get out there and win some races.