BUSCH: Atwood double duty in Miami

MIAMI -- NASCAR Busch Grand National Series star Casey Atwood will pull double duty at Homestead-Miami Speedway, competing in both the Nov. 11 Miami 300 Busch Series finale and making his third and final NASCAR Winston Cup Series start of the 2000...

MIAMI -- NASCAR Busch Grand National Series star Casey Atwood will pull double duty at Homestead-Miami Speedway, competing in both the Nov. 11 Miami 300 Busch Series finale and making his third and final NASCAR Winston Cup Series start of the 2000 season in the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400.

Team owner Ray Evernham will put Atwood behind the wheel of the No. 19 Motorola Ford, hoping the 20-year-old can pick up some valuable Winston Cup experience. Next season, Atwood will graduate from the Busch Series and his No. 27 Castrol GTX Chevrolet ride and will drive the new Dodge Intrepid for Evernham, competing for Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors.

"Casey likes Homestead and the other reason for running at Miami is it's a Dodge track," Evernham said. "We want to make sure nobody forgets about our Dodge partners."

Atwood is looking forward to the double duty in Miami. In his first visit to the facility in 1998, he won the pole for the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series event and finished 14th. Last year, he qualified 10th and finished 34th.

"I really like it," Atwood said of racing in Miami. "In my first time there, I had never seen the track before and sat on the pole. It' one of those tracks I liked right off the bat.

"We're also racing the Winston Cup car there this year. We're racing twice there. It's just one of those tracks I like. It's a flat track -- you've got to get off the gas and back on the brakes. It's something that I clicked on really well."

Evernham hopes the three Winston Cup races this season will expose Atwood to the best stock car drivers in the world and work out the bugs in his new team.

"I want the guys to get in the race because Winston Cup racing is different," Evernham said. "There are a lot of new guys on the team. We got to really check out our systems. It's going to help us with budgeting for next year. It's going to help the guys get to know what the inspection process is like and what it's like to be under the gun.

"If the crew can get into these races, we can get Casey some experience. We can also get to use our pit stop equipment and find out if our accounting software works. I just want these guys to get some experience and get Motorola some coverage for being good enough to come on board and support the program."

See Atwood race in both the Nov. 11 Miami 300 and the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400. Purchase your tickets online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call the ticket office at (305) 230-RACE.

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Casey Atwood , Ray Evernham