Countdown to Beverly Hills: Casey Atwood By Tim Packman NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 9, 2001) -- Casey Atwood won't get a chance to try to capitalize on his best year yet in Busch Series competition. After finishing eighth in 2000, his best ...
Countdown to Beverly Hills: Casey Atwood
By Tim Packman
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 9, 2001) -- Casey Atwood won't get a chance to try to capitalize on his best year yet in Busch Series competition.
After finishing eighth in 2000, his best showing in three years on the circuit, Atwood is moving to the Winston Cup ranks this year.
Driving the No. 27 Chevrolet, Atwood qualified for all 32 races, had two poles, and eight top-10s on the way to winning $636,405. His best finish of sixth came at Pikes Peak.
After starting on the pole at Nashville, his home track, he led 58 of the 320 laps before finishing 24th, two laps down. His other pole came at South Boston, where he led 46 of the 300 laps before finishing one lap down in 13th.
The 20-year-old Nashville native came up quickly through the Busch ranks after winning the pole at Nashville Speedway in 1998. It set a record for the youngest driver to ever win a pole in the series. He caught the attention of quite a few in the NASCAR ranks on that day when he backed it up with a second-place finish.
In '99, he moved to a full-time ride and drove to Victory Lane at Milwaukee and Dover. His victory at Milwaukee made him the youngest driver to capture the checkered flag in the series history. The young upstart finished 13th in points, had five top-5s and nine top-10s.
NASCAR 2000 was victoryless, but not fruitless. His strong finishes were enough to keep him in the top-10 in points, too. His DNF total was way down. -nascar.com-