Atwood ends year in Lysol Pontiac By Brett Borden NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 1998) Teenage sensation Casey Atwood, who opened the collective eyes of the racing world with a runner-up finish in the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 earlier...
Atwood ends year in Lysol Pontiac By Brett Borden
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 1998) Teenage sensation Casey Atwood, who opened the collective eyes of the racing world with a runner-up finish in the BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 earlier this season at Nashville Speedway USA, will have a full-time ride for the remainder of the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season. Atwood, still set to drive a second Brewco Motorsports car in 1999, will maximize his seat time down the stretch by replacing Tracy Leslie in the No. 63 Lysol Pontiac fielded by Hensley Racing for the rest of the 1998 season. Leslie and Hensley Racing owner/crew chief Jeff Hensley had already announced they would part ways at the end of the season, and the entry blank for this week's MBNA Gold 200 at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway did not have a driver's name entered. Neither Leslie nor Hensley could be reached for comment Monday, but Atwood said he was excited to get more seat time in preparation for next year.
"A lot of the tracks coming up (on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule) are big tracks," said Atwood. "That's something I really needed. I look forward to having a ride the rest of the season and getting that valuable experience."
Atwood did not qualify for last Saturday's Autolite Platinum 250 in a one-race deal with Washington Erving Motorsports and the No. 50 Dr Pepper Ford, while Leslie was the only driver other than race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. to lead the race. Leslie wound up with a 15th-place finish. Brewco Motorsports spokesman Craig Bailey said at Richmond that the team was "ordering cars, building cars and assembling a crew" in preparation for 1999. He added that they anticipated facilitating some additional "part-time" rides for Atwood through the balance of this season. The Hensley Racing seat, while unexpected, perfectly fit the bill for both parties.
Source: NASCAR Online