Atlanta II: Casey Atwood preview

Atwood looks to compose a hit in Atlanta. Sirius Racing team confident that it can improve upon March performance. ATLANTA (Oct. 22, 2002) - Casey Atwood and the Sirius Racing team enter Atlanta and this weekend's NAPA 500 after posting a ...

Atwood looks to compose a hit in Atlanta.
Sirius Racing team confident that it can improve upon March performance.

ATLANTA (Oct. 22, 2002) - Casey Atwood and the Sirius Racing team enter Atlanta and this weekend's NAPA 500 after posting a twenty-first place finish last Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Atwood remains 33rd in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings.

Atwood's comments on this weekend's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

"There are a few tracks that I've always struggled on and that's the bigger, banked tracks like Atlanta. It's not that I've never done well there. My first Busch race I went from a provisional to leading the race. I led the race for a long time and ended up finishing in the top-10. I made up three laps there. I haven't had a good record there but I've been there a bunch and I'm pretty familiar with it. We just haven't had the track record there that we've wanted."

"I wish we were going to another short track, but we'll take the momentum to Atlanta and try to keep it going. We had a good weekend in Martinsville, so we'll try to carry that over. We're taking a brand new car this weekend. I'm pretty excited about it. Ray's (Evernham) shop put the body on it - we'd been sending them out for bodies. It'll be just like the cars that Bill and Jeremy take, so I'm pretty pumped up about that."

Atlanta Stats & Facts

* Casey Atwood will be looking to make his third Winston Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. During the spring race here earlier this season Atwood started 41st and finished 32nd.

* Last season (2001) he started 22nd and finished 20th, the highest finishing rookie, in the fall race (Nov. 18). Atwood failed to qualify for the spring race in 2001.

* Atwood has made three Busch Grand National Series starts at the track, earning a top finish of 11th in his first visit in 1998.

Autograph Appearance
Who: Casey Atwood
When: Saturday, October 26 (immediately following the Busch race at approx. 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Sirius Satellite Radio Rhythm of the Road Tour
Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Series NASCAR Cup
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