Nashville Casey Atwood Close Again

Atwood settles for second again By Brett Borden NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 1999) Casey Atwood notched another 2nd-place finish at his home track. Casey Atwood had better win a race soon. His parents' mental wellbeing may depend on it....

Atwood settles for second again By Brett Borden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 1999) Casey Atwood notched another 2nd-place finish at his home track. Casey Atwood had better win a race soon. His parents' mental wellbeing may depend on it. Atwood finished 2nd in the BellSouth Mobility 320 at Nashville Speedway USA for the second consecutive year. He has come close to Victory Lane several times, but just can't seem to get over the hump. "Everybody in my family's a nervous wreck," Atwood said. "My dad won't have any nails left. My mom's the worst. She gets way nervous. But everything's alright, the car's in one piece, and everybody's happy. I feel real lucky to be here right now, I'll tell you that. We didn't run that good all day in practice yesterday, and to be where we're at right now is a great compliment for everybody."

Atwood started 26th Saturday, unlike last year when he sat on the Bud Pole. The Castrol GTX Chevrolet slid through the field as if it had oil on the sides of it. Atwood said the car was good on long runs, even if it came up just a little short.

"It was a little loose, but other than that the car was fine. When everybody's tires got good and greasy, that's when mine came on. And I was able to go a lot faster. After that, the car was great. That last set of tires was just a little tight and we weren't able to get 'em. But it was a great run.

"We were better on the longer runs than on the restart right there. Maybe if we'd had a little longer run, we could have done it. But I knew Jeff Green was going to be tough. I picked him to win before we got here. He's won a lot of Late Model races here also, and I knew he'd be tough.

"The car hadn't been good all weekend until the race. The crew did a really good job and had great pit stops. I was able to stay away from any wrecks, so I think it was a pretty good day for us."

And better days, as in victories, almost certainly lie ahead for this 18-year-old phenom.

"I feel like we're real close to a win," he said. "We're just right there. We had the car to beat at Atlanta, we were right there at Daytona. We're right there running good every week. We just need a little bit of luck. Maybe it will help our luck by finishing 2nd today."

His mom and dad will second that notion.

Source: NASCAR Online

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