Castrol to sponsor Atwood in 1999 CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (Jan. 7, 1999) Castrol Motor Oil will be the primary sponsor for Brewco Motorsports' second team for teenage driver Casey Atwood in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division for a ...
Castrol to sponsor Atwood in 1999
CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (Jan. 7, 1999) Castrol Motor Oil will be the primary sponsor for Brewco Motorsports' second team for teenage driver Casey Atwood in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division for a multi-year deal beginning in 1999, company officials announced Thursday. The No. 27 Castrol GTX Chevrolet will open the season in the Feb. 13 NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway driven by the 18-year-old up-and-coming pilot from the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Antioch who was signed last season by team owner Clarence Brewer Jr. The president of Brewco Motorsports has high praise and expectations for his driver. "We think the world of Casey as a driver," Brewer said. "Now with the support of a company like Castrol, the sky is the limit for this young man." Atwood, on the other hand, is a little more conservative, but none-the-less enthusiastic and delighted knowing that 1999 will be the real beginning of a career opportunity that comes along once in lifetime. "A major program from one of the most respected companies and brands in the business is a dream come true," Atwood said. "I can't wait to buckle into the green and red No. 27 Castrol GTX Chevrolet for pre-season testing and the opener at Daytona." Brewco's "veteran" team is the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet. Talented young driver Kevin Grubb will drive that car in 1999. This past season, Atwood made 13 NASCAR Busch Series starts, including one for Brewco, when he finished 28th at Myrtle Beach. A deal was struck late in the year between Brewco Motorsports and Hensley Racing to get Atwood some more seat time, and Atwood drove six races for Hensley in the No. 63 Lysol Chevrolet with a top finish of 11th in the Stihl 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Atwood's best finish came in his second career series start at his home track of Nashville Speedway USA in March. He won the Bud Pole and finished second in that race. He also won the Bud Pole for the season finale Jiffy Lube Miami 300 at Homestead, Fla. The team plans to open the season with a two-day test session Jan. 17-18 at Daytona, when NASCAR Busch Series teams have the facility. "An integrated marketing program will be launched in support of this initiative," said Paul Waterman, Castrol's director of marketing. "NASCAR reaches a broad audience 32 weeks a year and enables us to leverage our investment with our retailer partners locally. This NASCAR Busch Series effort provides yet another communication point to reach our target consumers and build awareness for the Castrol brands." Castrol will also be looking for its ninth National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) championship in 1999 and will continue to claim its position as the winningest team in the history of the sport with 14 championships and over 220 national event victories.
Source: NASCAR Online