Martinsville: Casey Atwood qualifying report

Casey Atwood No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T Qualifying Report: Virginia 500 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. Finish: 34th Lap time: 20.363 sec Speed: 92.992 mph Casey Atwood will start the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio...

Casey Atwood
No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T
Qualifying Report: Virginia 500
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, Va.
Finish: 34th
Lap time: 20.363 sec
Speed: 92.992 mph

Casey Atwood will start the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge Intrepid R/T from the 34th position in the Virginia 500 on Sunday, April 14.

"It felt pretty good," Atwood said. We tried to make some improvements to get through the center of the corner. It helped that, but it hurt us up off just a little bit. Everything is just so close out here. We were 23rd in practice, and one-tenth would have put us third. That's 20 positions in just one-tenth. We'll get it figured out tomorrow. I like this track petty good. I've got a good feel in the Sirius Dodge."

Although Atwood has raced at Martinsville only three previous times, he grew up racing on short tracks and says it's his favorite style of track. "I feel more comfortable at short tracks," Atwood said. I don't feel like some of the other guys have as much advantage on me as they do at some of the other tracks as far as experience. I grew up on short tracks not too long ago."

Just yesterday Atwood and the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Crew tested the Sirius Dodge at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

"It was kind of a shake down test where we can test our brakes out and try just a couple of things we want to try," Atwood said. Luckily we went because we had some brake problems we had to get figured out. They went back to the shop last night and put all new brakes on it and everything's been cool today."

Atwood's qualifying time was less than three-tenths off the pole pace. Under the direction of crew chief Buddy Barnes, the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Crew continue to dial in and tune up the Sirius Dodge each week to find the right harmony for Atwood.

Atwood's History at Martinsville
This is Atwood's fourth Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. During his last visit to Martinsville (October 2001) Atwood started 41st and finished 25th. Atwood's' best start at the paper-clip shaped oval is 14th (Spring 2001), earning him top rookie qualifying honors. Atwood made his Martinsville debut in 1999 when he ran the Winston Cup NAPA Autocare 500 with team owner Ray Evernham as crew chief. He started 22nd and finished 25th.

Race Info:
Virginia 500
Martinsville Speedway
1 p.m. Sunday, April 14
Track size: .526 miles
Distance: 500 laps/500 miles

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Atwood , Ray Evernham