RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2000) -- The sun sets at 7:26 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 -- four minutes before Casey Atwood will debut as the driver for the No. 19 Motorola Evernham Motorsports team in his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. "I am ...
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 6, 2000) -- The sun sets at 7:26 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 -- four minutes before Casey Atwood will debut as the driver for the No. 19 Motorola Evernham Motorsports team in his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. "I am definitely a night person and I love to race under the lights," Atwood said. "The temperature is cooler and the night races let NASCAR teams have Sunday off." Atwood will spend the evening racing at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (RIR) with Motorola Evernham Motorsports team owner Ray Evernham and crew chief Chad Knaus. "Night races are full of much more color," Evernham said. "In the dark, you can see the cars and the brake temperature better. Everything is just more vivid." RIR first held a NASCAR race under the lights in 1991. A massive temporary system was developed to light the 0.75-mile oval and a permanent system was in place the following year. "Night racing is really where auto racing began," said Kenneth Campbell, vice president of marketing and community relations for RIR. "A night race is like going to the theater. When the show comes on, the lights in the audience fade and the stage is the center of attention."
The No. 19 Motorola car hood and rear quarter panel will be adorned with reflective white Motorola logos for the evening's race. Atwood started eighth and finished eighth earlier this year in the May 5 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division race at RIR.
In addition to this event, Motorola, the "Official Communications Company of NASCAR," has partnered with Evernham Motorsports to race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway Oct. 1 and Miami-Homestead Speedway Nov. 12. "At night you can see sparks coming from the cars," Atwood said. "I just hope we won't see any sparks under our car."