Casey Atwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Casey Atwood
Casey Atwood Stater Bros 2004.jpg
Atwood at the 2004 Stater Bros. 300
Born (1980-08-25) August 25, 1980 (age 37)
Antioch, Tennessee, U.S.
Achievements Youngest Pole sitter in Xfinity Series history
Awards 1996 Fairgrounds Speedway Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
75 races run over 4 years
Best finish 26th (2001)
First race 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400 (Richmond)
Last race 2003 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 4 1
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
158 races run over 10 years
2009 position 44th
Best finish 8th (2000)
First race 1998 GM Goodwrench Service Plus 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2009 Able Body Labor 200 (Phoenix)
First win 1999 DieHard 250 (Milwaukee)
Last win 1999 MBNA Gold 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 30 6
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
4 races run over 2 years
Best finish 52nd (2005)
First race 1996 Federated Auto Parts 250 (Nashville)
Last race 2005 World Financial Group 200 (Atlanta)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of July 3, 2012.

Casey Lee Atwood (born August 25, 1980 in Antioch, Tennessee)[1][2] is an American former stock car racing driver. A former competitor in NASCAR competition, he is the youngest pole winner in Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) history, earning a pole start at the age of 17.[3]

Atwood had his most success in the Busch Series in 1999 and 2000, driving the No. 27 Chevrolet for Brewco Motorsports. Atwood became the youngest winner in series history in 1999 at 18 years, 313 days (the record would later be broken in 2008 by Joey Logano at 18 years, 21 days old).[3][4][5] Atwood's performance led many to label him as "the next Jeff Gordon," and landed him a factory-backed Dodge ride in the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) with Evernham Motorsports for 2001. His struggles at the Cup level over two seasons, however, derailed his career, with his last Cup start coming in 2003 at the young age of 22.[3] After spending parts of seven seasons back in the Busch Series, Atwood's national series career ended in 2009.

Early life[edit]

Growing up in Antioch, Tennessee outside of Nashville,[1] Atwood became interested in racing at a young age. By the age of ten, Atwood was racing go-karts. He later progressed to Late Model Stock racing by the age of 15. He was the 1996 rookie of the year at Nashville Speedway USA.[4][6] Casey attended John Overton High School in Nashville until he dropped out in 1999 to pursue his racing career.

NASCAR career[edit]

Busch Series[edit]

Atwood debuted in the NASCAR Busch Series in 1998 at North Carolina Speedway with a modest 21st-place finish,[7] but stunned the racing world upon his next attempt. At his home track Nashville Speedway in March, the 17-year-old Atwood qualified on the pole position, making him the youngest pole winner in NASCAR history.[3] A brilliant performance would follow, as Atwood led 104 laps and ultimately brought his No. 28 Red Line Oil Chevrolet home in 2nd place to Mike McLaughlin.[7] Atwood made sporadic starts over the course of the year, none equal to his second race, but after moving from Larry Lockamy's part-time team to Hensley Racing in September, the driver had strong showings at Atlanta (where he started 36th but made his way to the front) and Homestead (where he claimed his second pole). By the end of 1998 he had won two poles and 5 top 20's in 13 races.[1]

In 1999, he joined the Brewco Motorsports No. 27 Castrol GTX Chevrolet team for his first full season in the NASCAR Busch Series.[1] Atwood flipped during the first race of the season at Daytona International Speedway, after he was tapped by Andy Hillenburg coming to the white flag.[8] Atwood became the youngest winner in Busch Series History when he won at the Milwaukee Mile at the age of 18 on July 4, 1999, which would stand until Joey Logano bested Atwood's mark by winning the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway on June 14, 2008 at the age of 18 years and 21 days.[3] Atwood won another race at Dover in September and scored two pole starts. He finished 1999 with two wins, five top 5's and nine top 10's. He finished 13th in points. 2000 proved to be another good year for Atwood, as he managed to have two poles and 8 top 10's, finishing 8th in points.[3]

Winston Cup[edit]

Atwood in 2003

In 2000, Atwood made his Winston Cup debut in a No. 19 Motorola Ford for Ray Evernham at Richmond International Raceway.[9] He started 35th and finished 19th, two laps down. He made two more starts that year and earned his first top 10, a 10th at Homestead. Atwood moved up to NASCAR Winston Cup full-time in 2001 in the No. 19 Dodge Dealers car for Evernham's team Evernham Motorsports, a newly formed team under the Dodge banner, to compete for Rookie of the Year honors. Atwood was the youngest driver in the series in 2001.[6][10][11] He was nicknamed the "Next Jeff Gordon," due to Gordon's similar rise from Busch to Cup at a young age,[4] and was teammate to former Cup Champion, Bill Elliott. Atwood struggled through the year, but improved as the season went on, winning the pole at Phoenix and was in contention to win the race, while leading the race a flat tire slowed his day as he was only able to make it back to 14th place by the end of the race.[4] A week later at the season finale at Homestead, he was leading with five laps to go, but was passed by Elliott and Michael Waltrip. Atwood would place third, his career-best Cup finish.[4] Atwood also finished third in the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year standings (behind future Cup champions Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch),[12] and 26th in Cup standings.

In 2002, with the signing of Jeremy Mayfield to drive the No. 19, Atwood moved from Evernham's team to the No. 7 of Ultra Motorsports as part of an alliance between Evernham and Ultra owner Jim Smith, where Smith's team would switch from Ford to Dodge and receive equipment and engines from Evernham. The team was known as Ultra-Evernham Motorsports, and sponsored by Sirius Satellite Radio.[4][13][14][15] Atwood struggled throughout the year, having no top 10's, and just one top-10 qualifying effort and finishing 35th in points.[4] With two races left in the season, he was fired by Jim Smith (which also brought an abrupt end to the Ultra/Evernham partnership) and was replaced by Jason Leffler for the rest of 2002, and later Jimmy Spencer in 2003.[16][17] Atwood ran the last race of the year in Evernham's No. 91 Dodge and qualified 12th, but finished poorly.[6][16] Also during 2002, Atwood drove an Evernham ARCA car bearing his former No. 19 at Pocono and dominated, winning the race from the pole.[18]

In 2003, he drove Evernham's No. 91 research and development car for two races. At Pocono Raceway with sponsorship from Mountain Dew LiveWire, Atwood finished 40th after engine troubles. He also ran in the Brickyard 400 without sponsorship, but was only able to muster a 31st-place finish.[18][19] Atwood's most recent appearance in the series was a failed qualifying attempt in the No. 95 car for the 2006 Ford 400 at Homestead. He was driving a Brewco-prepared Scott Towels/Kleenex Ford for Stanton Barrett.[20][21]

Return to Busch/Nationwide[edit]

2004 Busch Series car at Lowe's Motor Speedway (now Charlotte Motor Speedway)

After his release from Evernham Motorsports in the Cup Series, Atwood was expected to return to Brewco's 27 (recently vacated by Jamie McMurray),[6][16] but the ride instead went to Chase Montgomery and Joey Clanton. Beginning at Kentucky in June 2003, Atwood drove the No. 14 Navy Chevrolet for FitzBradshaw Racing, a second car for the team. Atwood also ran three races in the team's third No. 82 Chevy. Atwood returned to the No. 14 full-time for FitzBradshaw in 2004. Atwood scored seven top ten finishes, but was inconsistent outside of those races. He nearly won at Richmond in September, leading 83 laps, but was tapped by Martin Truex Jr. with less than ten laps to go, allowing Robby Gordon to win. Atwood would finish second in the race. Atwood was diagnosed by owner Armando Fitz of having "a lack of confidence and no aggression on the race track", proceeding to hire a psychologist for the driver. Atwood was released from the team with five races remaining in the season, replaced by Chip Ganassi Racing development driver David Stremme (Fitz was the son-in-law of CGR co-owner Felix Sabates).[3][22][23] Atwood was 13th in points at the time, and he fell back to 19th by the end of the season. In 2005 he drove four races for Evernham Motorsports in the No. 6 Unilever Dodge.

2009 Nationwide car at Milwaukee

In early to mid-2006, Atwood practiced and qualified the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet for J. J. Yeley in select races, due to conflicts with Yeley's Nextel Cup Series schedule. Atwood would also occupy this role in 2009 for Kyle Busch. Atwood would later say that these cars, prepared by former Brewco mechanic Jason Ratcliff, were the best he'd ever driven.[4][24] Beginning at Richmond in September, he returned to the No. 27 car for Brewco Motorsports for the rest of 2006. Atwood was replaced by Ward Burton in the No. 27 car at Brewco for 2007. After a year away from the sport, he returned to Brewco (then known as Baker-Curb Racing) to pilot the 27 car in 2008.[3] In 2009, Atwood qualified for 20 races in the No. 05 car for Wayne Day, and finished 44th in points. At Phoenix, he was involved in a grinding crash in which he took 3 separate hits. Atwood sustained minor injuries, and has not raced since (His injuries did not bring about the end of his career).

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Atwood first appeared on the NASCAR scene in 1996, at the age of 16, in a Craftsman Truck Series race at Nashville Speedway USA. He finished 32nd in the No. 48 STP Chevrolet. In 2005, Atwood was picked up by Bobby Hamilton Racing to drive the first three races of the Craftsman Truck Series season in the No. 4 Bailey's Cigarettes Dodge. Atwood ran well during the three race stint, but scored no top tens.

Post-NASCAR career[edit]

After three years away from racing, Atwood returned to competition in 2012, competing in late model competition at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in a car owned by Sterling Marlin.[4][24]

Personal life[edit]

Atwood posing with a young fan at Dover in 2004, courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Atwood currently resides in Nashville. He married his longtime girlfriend, Laura, in 2005. They have two daughters together.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nextel Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NNCC Pts
2000 Evernham Motorsports 19 Ford DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV MCH POC SON DAY NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH
19
NHA DOV MAR
25
CLT TAL CAR PHO HOM
10
ATL 54th 328
2001 Dodge DAY
20
CAR
18
LVS
24
ATL
DNQ
DAR
26
BRI
20
TEX
36
MAR
26
TAL
30
CAL
39
RCH
12
CLT
42
DOV
29
MCH
30
POC
38
SON
41
DAY
28
CHI
28
NHA
12
POC
15
IND
41
GLN
22
MCH
10
BRI
17
DAR
25
RCH
27
DOV
9
KAN
43
CLT
24
MAR
25
TAL
39
PHO
14
CAR
20
HOM
3
ATL
20
NHA
16
26th 3132
2002 Ultra-Evernham Motorsports 7 DAY
35
CAR
39
LVS
41
ATL
32
DAR
26
BRI
18
TEX
35
MAR
38
TAL
26
CAL
28
RCH
22
CLT
17
DOV
14
POC
11
MCH
39
SON
21
DAY
20
CHI
28
NHA
36
POC
28
IND
38
GLN
27
MCH
42
BRI
18
DAR
28
RCH
24
NHA
34
DOV
32
KAN
42
TAL
34
CLT
30
MAR
21
ATL
38
CAR
29
PHO 35th 2621
Evernham Motorsports 91 HOM
37
2003 DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX TAL MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC
40
MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND
31
GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO CAR HOM 61st 113
2006 Brewco Motorsports 95 Ford DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM
DNQ
NA -
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2001 Evernham Motorsports Dodge 21 20
2002 Ultra-Evernham Motorsports 36 35

Nationwide Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 142 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
1998 Lockamy Racing 28 Chevy DAY CAR
21
LVS NSV
2
DAR BRI
40
TEX HCY TAL NHA
21
NZH CLT DOV RCH
13
PPR GLN MLW
24
38th 1359
Brewco Motorsports 27 Chevy MYB
28
CAL SBO
DNQ
IRP MCH
DNQ
BRI DAR
Washington-Irving Racing 50 Ford RCH
DNQ
Hensley Motorsports 63 Chevy DOV
24
CLT
16
GTY
30
CAR
17
ATL
11
HOM
14
1999 Brewco Motorsports 27 Chevy DAY
17
CAR
5
LVS
DNQ
ATL
16
DAR
28
TEX
35
NSV
2
BRI
15
TAL
8
CAL
18
NHA
5
RCH
20
NZH
33
CLT
34
DOV
36
SBO
10
GLN
41
MLW
1*
MYB
29
PPR
8
GTY
7
IRP
32
MCH
42
BRI
15
DAR
26
RCH
31
DOV
1
CLT
23
CAR
43
MEM
30
PHO
26
HOM
34
13th 3134
2000 DAY
31
CAR
32
LVS
11
ATL
26
DAR
42
BRI
21
TEX
7
NSV
24
TAL
17
CAL
22
RCH
8
NHA
7
CLT
14
DOV
11
SBO
13
MYB
11
GLN
12
MLW
43
NZH
7
PPR
6
GTY
29
IRP
31
MCH
37
BRI
9
DAR
27
RCH
34
DOV
17
CLT
22
CAR
8
MEM
6
PHO
14
HOM
20
8th 3404
2003 FitzBradshaw Racing 82 Chevy DAY CAR LVS DAR BRI TEX TAL NSH CAL RCH GTY NZH CLT
DNQ
DOV NSH CHI
21
ATL
28
37th 1422
14 KEN
9
MLW
19
DAY
27
NHA
32
PPR IRP MCH BRI
18
DAR
10
RCH
11
DOV
25
KAN CLT
32
MEM
7
PHO
8
CAR HOM
43
2004 DAY
15
CAR
19
LVS
36
DAR
9
BRI
34
TEX
21
NSH
20
TAL
13
CAL
29
GTY
23
RCH
14
NZH
6
CLT
17
DOV
18
NSH
7
KEN
22
MLW
32
DAY
24
CHI
13
NHA
31
PPR
9
IRP
8
MCH
25
BRI
10
CAL
26
RCH
2
DOV
24
KAN
22
CLT
20
MEM ATL PHO DAR HOM 19th 3130
2005 Evernham Motorsports 6 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN
9
MLW DAY CHI
21
NHA
26
PPR
26
GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 76th 408
2006 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Chevy DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW
QL
DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL 52nd 814
Brewco Motorsports 27 Ford RCH
23
DOV
29
KAN
17
CLT
17
MEM
17
TEX
18
PHO
23
HOM
21
2007 37 DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV
QL
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV
14
TEX
26
PHO HOM 80th 412
27 KAN
18
CLT
22
Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Chevy MEM
QL
2008 Day Enterprises 05 Ford DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY
33
IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI
40
CAL HOM
DNQ
93rd 201
Curb Racing 27 Ford RCH
23
DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO
2009 Day Enterprises 85 Chevy DAY CAL
40
TEX
DNQ
PHO
41
HOM 44th 1178
05 Ford LVS
35
TEX
27
PHO
31
TAL CHI
37
IOW
35
GLN MCH
DNQ
ATL
38
Chevy BRI
25
NSH
22
RCH
25
DAR
43
CLT
DNQ
DOV
43
NSH
40
KEN MLW
25
NHA
40
DAY GTY
34
IRP BRI
41
CGV RCH
DNQ
DOV
36
KAN
36
CAL
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota MEM
QL±
- Qualified for J. J. Yeley · - Qualified for Greg Biffle · ± - Qualified for Kyle Busch

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts
1996 Chuck Spicer Racing 48 Chevy HOM PHO POR EVG TUS CNS HPT BRI NZH MLW LVL I70 IRP FLM GLN NSV
32
RCH NHA MAR NWS SON MMR PHO LVS 123rd 60
2005 Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Dodge DAY
14
CAL
11
ATL
22
MAR GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 52nd 348

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ARSC Pts
2002 Evernham Motorsports 19 Dodge DAY ATL NSH SLM KEN CLT KAN POC MCH TOL SBO KEN BLN POC
1*
NSH ISF WIN DSF CHI SLM TAL CLT 100th 260
2004 FitzBradshaw Racing 14 Chevy DAY NSH
2
SLM KEN TOL CLT KAN POC MCH SBO BLN KEN GTW POC LER NSH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL 98th 245

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "BUSCH: Casey Atwood Gets Primary Sponsor". motorsport.com. Central City, Kentucky: NASCAR. January 7, 1999. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Casey Atwood Career Statistics
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Sporting News Wire Service (July 19, 2008). "Logano driving Nationwide 20, but hoping for Cup 20". nascar.com. Madison, Illinois: NASCAR. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Smith, Marty (May 15, 2014). "Hindsight haunts Casey Atwood". espn.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Logano makes history as youngest Nationwide Series winner
  6. ^ a b c d "Atwood, Evernham part ways". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. November 23, 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Akers, Shawn A. (March 15, 1998). "BUSCH: Casey Atwood Nashville Review". motorsport.com. Nashville, Tennessee: NASCAR. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "BUSCH: Daytona Race left Many Cars to be Repaired". motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida: NASCAR. February 13, 1999. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Evernham returns to Richmond". motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: motorsport.com. September 6, 2000. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Shapiro, Mark (July 13, 2001). "The field of hopefuls". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  11. ^ "Casey Atwood picked for second Dodge team". motorsport.com. Concord, North Carolina: motorsport.com, NASCAR. May 25, 2000. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  12. ^ NASCAR (November 29, 2001). "Kevin Harvick named Rookie of the Year". Motorsport.com. Daytona Beach, Florida. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Evernham Motorsports and Ultra Motorsports form partnership". motorsport.com. Atlanta, Georgia: motorsport.com. November 16, 2001. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Dodge Motorsports (January 7, 2002). "Dodge Evernham, Ultra team on 2002 season". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Ultra Motorsports (January 7, 2002). "Sirius named sponsor of Atwood's Winston Cup". motorsport.com. Las Vegas: motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "BUSCH: Atwood out at Evernham, may return to Busch". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. December 4, 2002. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Evernham Motorsports (November 8, 2002). "Ultra/Evernham Motorsports dissolves partnership". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Evernham Motorsports No. 91 sponsor for Pocono". motorsport.com. Purchase, New York: motorsport.com. May 2, 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Indianapolis: Jeremy Mayfield preview". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. July 30, 2003. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  20. ^ Spencer, Reid (August 24, 2014). "Joey Logano defied the odds with career renaissance at Penske". motorsport.com. motorsport.com, NASCAR. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  21. ^ Dahlstrom, Kurt (November 17, 2006). "Casey Atwood". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  22. ^ Glick, Shav (September 3, 2005). "Driven to Be Diverse: Team owner Fitz is trying to lead the Latino charge in NASCAR". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "BUSCH: Stremme to pilot No. 14 in remaining races". motorsport.com. Mooresville, North Carolina: motorsport.com. October 26, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Woody, Larry (April 13, 2012). "Atwood Gets Back On Track". Racin' Today. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 

External links[edit]