WYATT GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS Newport News, VA- While Casey Wyatt has been pursuing a career in NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series he hadn't forgotten what got him there. At the end of last season Wyatt sold his Late Model and bought a ...
WYATT GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS
Newport News, VA- While Casey Wyatt has been pursuing a career in NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series he hadn't forgotten what got him there.
At the end of last season Wyatt sold his Late Model and bought a Busch car to run a 5 race schedule in the East Series. The new owner of the Late Model is Butch Britt, a local business man. Britt had success the previous year, winning a championship in the Grand Stock division with driver Dean Shiflett.
After starting out the season with high hopes, that all turned to frustration. After a few wrecks and some bad finishes, Britt realized the move to late models was more then he had anticipated. Britt stated, "These cars have to be perfect each week to run up front. There is no room for error when making adjustments." Remembering the success that Casey had in the car, it didn't take him long to pick up the phone and call for help.
Wyatt repairs and sets up cars for other teams while not racing. So it was only natural that when he got the call, he brought the car to his shop, pulled out some old notes and went to work setting the car up the way he won with it in 2006. The next race out, Shiflett qualified 3rd and finished 2nd; his best race of the season. Britt was impressed with Casey's knowledge of cars and how he worked with his driver. Casey showed him how to save his car but still be able to get the most out of it. Shiflett went on to finish 7th, 5th and 3rd; with the 7th coming the week Casey helped another team that hired him.
Britt realized what an asset Casey was to his team. Wanting to do more than just have him work on his car each week, Britt purchased a late model and told Casey he wanted him to be Dean's teammate. Britt stated that Casey deserved to be rewarded for his hard work. "Watching him shake down Dean's car made me realize that Casey can come back and beat these Dodges." Britt was referring to Dodge's dominance at Langley. Dodge's have lead every lap and won every race this year. Casey was the only driver to beat the Dodge's in 2006, doing so 6 times in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "I know he can get out there and WIN and with Casey's guidance I hope to get both of the Rodgers Electrical Monte Carlos in victory lane very soon."
Wyatt hopes to have his new ride ready for this weekends 75 lap event. Wyatt stated, "It's going to be tough beating the Dodge's. The 3 best teams at Langley run Dodges. The Edwards brothers and Mark Wertz have won every race this year. When you beat them, you have beaten the best. Between the 3, they have numerous track and Regional Championships to show for it. Butch has given me a good piece to work with. I can't say enough about the opportunity he has given me. I'll make the best of it and hope I can help Dean while doing so. Dean is a very good driver that just needs some more seat time in the late models. He will win a lot of races in the near future."
After having the misfortune of a stuck throttle in Stafford, Casey looks ahead to his next Busch East event. "While I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at my home track, my sights are set on my next Busch East race at Mansfield, Ohio on August 25. The car is in Charlotte getting some work done to make it better. We are updating the front end geometry. Things change so quickly in this sport." We would also like to thank our sponsors in both Late Model and Busch East for their continued dedication and