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In the latest episode of his Dale Jr Download podcast, Dale Earnhardt Jr dived into the life of former NASCAR driver Casey Atwood. Known to be the youngest pole-sitter in Xfinity Series history, Atwood retired after the 2009 Xfinity season. However, throughout his journey, the driver found solace in Bobby Hamilton Jr., a fellow driver who extended a helping hand in Atwood’s formative years. The two formed a striking relationship. 

Casey Atwood opened up about his special relationship with Bobby Hamilton Jr

Reflecting on his initial years in racing, Atwood expressed his gratitude for Hamilton’s guidance. Moreover, he acknowledged the pivotal role he played in shaping his career trajectory. Revealing how Hamilton shared a selfless bond with him, Atwood said, “Nothing was in it for him. I think he just liked me. Maybe saw something in me. But man! He helped a lot.”

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Furthermore, he revealed how Hamilton never backed down from helping him out. He shared, “He would race on Sunday, and he’ll be at the track with us on Monday, and he’ll be up under that thing…working. Because he could do anything. He could build cars, build the shocks, build the motors. He could do it all. And he was a hell of a driver, too. He brought me along quicker, and he helped me with the track and how to drive it. He was just a big help to me.”

Furthermore, Atwood shared a unique anecdote about how Hamilton helped him when he wrecked a late-model car during practice.

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Atwood reveals how Bobby Hamilton Jr. helped him after a wreck

Bobby Hamilton Racing took Atwood up for the Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. During the conversation, Casey Atwood talked about when he ran four-cylinder cars. While talking about how he ended up in a late-model automobile before the end of the season, Atwood explained, “We only ran those four-cylinder cars, not even half a season. And then Bobby was like ‘Hey! I know this guy. I got this old late-model, and it’s not pretty, but it runs pretty good, and we ended up buying it.”

After buying the late-model car, Atwood stopped running the four-cylinders and ran 13 races at the end of the year in the late-model racing car they purchased. Interestingly, Atwood won 7 out of the 13 races he ran in the old charter. However, during a practice session, Atwood got involved in a wreck when Hamilton helped him.

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“It was the old late model with the stock clips. I remember wrecking that thing in practice one time. And I nosed it in, in the inside wall. But Bobby found like a ’69 Camaro, front clip somewhere, and put it on my car on Jack stand, and we went back out, and it was like it never happened.”

Although Casey Atwood is the youngest pole winner in Busch Series history, he could never win a championship. However, despite the lack of the title, he still remains one of the most impressive drivers in the sport.