NASCAR DRIVER PROFILE - CASEY ATWOOD

After a super-successful career in karting, Atwood was a Late Model regular at the half-mile Nashville Speedway USA at a time most teen-agers were learning to drive mom and dad's startion wagon to school and back.

  • Born: Antioch, Tenn.
  • Resides: Nashville, Tenn.
  • Family: Atwood is single.
  • Team: Ultra Motorsports
  • Car: Dodge
  • Sponsor: Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Car owner: Ray Evernham/Jim Smith
  • Crew chief: Tony Furr
2001 review: Atwood struggled early but really came on as the season wound down, picking up his first series pole and coming close to his first victory at Homestead, Fla.

2002 outlook: Atwood was the odd man out in a shuffle as Evernham Motorsports added Jeremy Mayfield and sent Atwood to the No. 7, where Evernham will provide chassis and engines. Time will tell if the move is a good one.

Atwood was the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Grand National race when he won at Milwaukee in 1999 at the age of 18 years, nine months, nine days.

Casey Atwood is one of the brightest stars in the future of NASCAR. As the youngest driver ever in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, he claimed his first Bud Pole in 1998 at his 'hometown' track, Nashville Speedway USA. He left the event with an astounding second place finish. Keep in mind that he accomplished all of this at the tender age of 17. In 1999 Casey Atwood really broke through and showed his competitors that he meant business. Casey Atwood finished 13th in the Championship point standings after grabbing two victories. He became the youngest driver in the series history to visit Victory Lane after winning from the pole at the Die Hard 250 on July 4, 1999.

His second victory came only a few months later at Dover Downs International Speedway on September 25, 1999 when he took the checkered flag for the MBNA Gold 200. Atwood scored five Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes in 1999. He captured the Bud Pole award at The Milwaukee Mile and also at Gateway International Raceway and led 236 laps in five races. In 1998 Casey Atwood competed in only 13 of 31 races but he won two Bud Poles and an outside pole. His average finish was 20th in these races. Atwood began racing go-karts at the young age of 10, progressed to four-cylinder races at 13 and then Late Model Stock Cars at 15. Prior to getting his state driver's license on his sixteenth birthday in August of 1996, he had already won more than a dozen Late Model Stock races at Highland Rim Speedway north of Nashville.

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