1. What is your name? Tommy Casey
Martial status – Married for 27+ years
Age – 46
Spouses Name (if married) – Carol
Kids - 3 daughters, Deidre, Amanda, and Shelbi
2. What is your car #? 42
3. What class do you race in? Street Stock
4. Do you have a nickname, if so what is it and how did you get it? Bucky, because when I was a kid, I thought the Bucky the Beaver commercial was really cool. “ BRUSHA, BRUSHA, BRUSHA!”
5. Who are your sponsors? Clay’s Machine Shop, Clay’s Auto Parts, Richard & Bea Villanueva, John Casey Racing, and Henley Construction
6. How long have you been racing? 8 years
7. Do you work on your own car? Unless we are in the Machine Shop with Clay, Dad, and I do all of the weekly work on the car.
8. How many feature races have you won? 8 I think
9. How many championships have you won? 0
10. Do you think you are a good driver? I’m OK, but most people tell me that I’m too conservative.
11. What make & model of car do you race? 76 Malibu
12. Have you purposely wrecked someone? No, because if I trash the car being crazy, our small crew does not have the time to get the car back for the following week. Remember they call me Conservative.
13. If so, who & why?
14. Looking back, would you do it again?
15. Have you ever rolled your race car? No
16. Have you ever been hurt in a race car? Yes
17. If so, how were you hurt? I was forced into the wall head on at San Antonio Speedway. My submarine belt broke my tail bone, and my fire extinguisher broke a bone in the top of my foot.
18. What groove do you prefer to run (top, middle, bottom)? I prefer the groove that my car will stick in.
19. Do you like a tacky track or dry slick track? I like a tacky track, because my car has no rear weight percentage. We are changing that as time allows.
20. Do you like your car on the loose or tight side? I have one thing to say, TIGHT SUCKS!
21. Do you want to move up in racing? I think that everybody dreams of moving up, but from my stand point, at my age, I feel pretty blessed to be competitive where I’m at.
22. If yes, what is your goal?
23. What is your favorite class to watch (pure, street, super, sport mod, mod, dwarfs, or other)?
1st favorite class to watch – Street Stock, but it’s hard to watch a lot from my seat.
2nd favorite class to watch - Sport Mods
3rd favorite class to watch - Pure Stock
24. What is your #1 favorite moment from your racing career? I have more than 1 favorite. Always first is the time with my dad. The time that I got to spend with Joe Rohmer and all of his family and friends involved with Rohmer Racing. My first win at SAS in 2000. My first win at I37 this year. Running door to door with Charlie Earnhardt for multiple laps, never touching, and Charlie winning by a nose, and apologizing to me afterwards. Getting Clay,s Machine Shop as my engine builder, horsepower and longevity, Clay really helps save our budget.
25. What is your worst moment from your racing career? 1 year I totaled my car twice within weeks and could not finish the full season.
26. What was your funniest moment? Making Jean Nesser think she was going to be the middle of a stock car sandwich going into turn one at SAS on the first lap, and watch her hammer the brakes and disappear behind you.
27. In your racing career, what was the best advice anyone has ever given you? The very first time that I drove in a race, I finished last, and Joe Rohmer said, I put you in a winning car, and you finish last what’s going on? When I told him that every body was bumping into each other and the car might hurt, He said, I need you to drive the car, stick the car in there, and if you loose fenders and doors, I will put them back on.
28. What advice would you give someone just starting out in racing? Just have fun, winning is just a bonus
29. If you had the opportunity to build a race track, where would you build it, what kind of track and what size would you make it? I would build a half mile, high banked, asphalt track, right where the Alamodome sits, because that would be a couple of blocks from our shop. You know, with gas prices and all. Plus our Camaro is still set for that.
30. What professional driver do you see yourself as & why? I would say Mark Martin, because he tries to drive smart and not tear the car up.
31. Do you have any pre-race superstition? Make sure your steering wheel is latched on good.
32. Do you spend more time with your race car, or your spouse? My wife of course, dirt cars are pretty ugly most nights.