Landon Cassill

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Landon Cassill
Landon Cassill 2014 Gardner Denver 200 at Road America.jpg
Cassill at Road America in 2014
Born (1989-07-07) July 7, 1989 (age 25)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Awards 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
151 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
Car no., team No. 40 (Hillman-Circle Sport LLC)
2014 position 57th
Best finish 31st (2012)
First race 2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 (Michigan)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
89 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Car no., team No. 01 (JD Motorsports)
2014 position 12th
Best finish 12th (2014)
First race 2007 Gateway 250 (Gateway)
Last race 2014 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 10 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
8 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best finish 31st (2008)
First race 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 (Kansas)
Last race 2011 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
Statistics current as of November 16, 2014.

Landon Douglas Cassill (born July 7, 1989 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 40 Chevrolet for Circle Sport, and in the Nationwide Series, driving the No. 01 Chevrolet for JD Motorsports.

Early career[edit]

Cassill began racing in a quad when he was 3 years old. Cassill moved to go-karts. He finished second in the Pro Kart Tour at Atlanta Motor Speedway at age 10. The following year, he earned his first of two Kart Series national championships. Cassill won four International Kart Federation (IKF) championships, some on dirt and some on asphalt.

In 2000, Cassill competed in three different classes: two karting and a midget class. He won all three state championships on the same night.[1] Cassill won four more state championships at the Newton Kart Klub in Newton, Iowa in 2001. He then started racing in a modified at the half mile Hawkeye Downs.[2]

He was racing in the ASA Late Model Series (ASALMS) in 2003 while he was in high school at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. He has also raced in legend, modified, and late model racecars. Other series include the American Speed Association and the CRA Super Series.

At age 16, he became the youngest winner in ASALMS history when he won at Lake Erie Speedway on June 9, 2006; holding the record until Erik Jones surpassed him at age 14 in 2010.[2] On July 3, Cassill won his second ASALMS race, this time in a Southern Division race at South Georgia Motorsports Park near Cecil, Georgia. The win made him the first driver to win in both the Northern and Southern Divisions.[3] He won his first Challenge Division race at I-70 Speedway on July 8 to become the first driver to win in all three divisions. He finished second in the Challenge Division points behind Kelly Bires, and eleventh in the Northern Division despite starting in half of the races.[4]

NASCAR[edit]

2008 Nationwide car

In 2006, Cassill was introduced to NASCAR through the GM Racing Development competition. He was one of 16 drivers that participated in the three-stage evaluation process that took place at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, North Carolina, North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, Georgia, and Nashville Superspeedway.

Cassill was signed by Hendrick Motorsports in December 2006. In 2007, Cassill tested the team's Car of Tomorrow car at Lakeland Speedway and Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Along with his driving duties, Cassill has worked in the team's research and development program and drove during practices for the Hendrick pit crews. Cassill made his Nationwide Series debut at Gateway International Speedway in July 2007 after turning 18, as NASCAR requires national series drivers to be at least 18 years of age (regional series drivers can be 16). Cassill finished 32nd in his debut. He was in contention to score his first top-10 finish at Memphis before another driver spun him out on the final lap. In his six starts that year, his best finish was 18th at Dover.

In 2008, Cassill drove the No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet in 16 Nationwide series races for JR Motorsports and the No. 4 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet in the 3 road course races. In Cassill's first start of the season, at Nashville, he started 22nd and finished 19th, two laps down. He earned his first top-10 finish in the June race at Nashville with a 9th place finish. He won his first pole at Loudon, but had to start at the back of the field due to an engine change. He quickly moved his way up in the race, but was wrecked by Bobby Hamilton, Jr., resulting in a 34th place finish. He was involved in another incident with Hamilton, Jr. at Memphis which resulted in an altercation following the race. In 19 starts, Cassill earned 5 top-10 finishes and won Rookie of the Year honors. He also drove a limited schedule in the Truck Series for Randy Moss Motorsports; garnering 3 top-10 finishes. Cassill made his lone 2009 start on October 24 at Memphis; driving Phoenix Racing's No. 1 Miccosukee Chevrolet to a 10th place finish.

In 2010, he drove the No. 98 truck for Thorsport Racing in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona, but was caught in an accident on the first lap of the race. He made 6 starts in the Nationwide series: 3 in the No. 7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports and 3 in the No. 09 Ford for RAB Racing. Cassill made his Cup Series debut at Michigan; driving for veteran team owner James Finch. He finished 38th in his Cup debut. He ran 15 other races that year for Finch, TRG Motorsports, and Larry Gunselman.

Cassill started out the 2011 season with a 3rd place finish in the opening Nationwide series race: the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona. It would be his lone Nationwide start of the year. He drove in 3 Sprint Cup races for Germain Racing before moving over to Phoenix Racing. Cassill competed in 32 of the 36 races that year, with his best effort in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan, where he started and finished 12th. After the end of the season, he was replaced for 2012 in the Phoenix Racing No. 51 by Kurt Busch.[5]

2012[edit]

In early February 2012, it was announced that Cassill would drive for Front Row Motorsports in the 2012 Daytona 500, driving the No. 26 Ford,[6] but the deal fell through as Cassill received a full-season offer.[7] Shortly after it was announced that Cassill would drive the No. 83 in 2012, driving for a new team, BK Racing, that purchased the assets and owners' points of the former Red Bull Racing Team. Cassill would go on to finish 31st in season points.

2013–2014[edit]

Cassill at Martinsville Speedway in April 2013
Cassill at Road America in June 2014

On January 17, 2013, it was announced that Cassill would leave BK Racing due to contract disagreements.[8][9] In late February, he joined Circle Sport, driving the team's No. 33 in the Sprint Cup Series for the remainder of the season.[10] In early March it was revealed that Cassill was suing BK Racing for a claim of unpaid winnings.[11] Later in the season, starting at the Brickyard 400, Cassill began running in the No. 40, jointly fielded by Circle Sport and Hillman Racing, in a majority of races.[12]

In December 2013, it was announced that Cassill would return to the No. 4 Chevrolet in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series for JD Motorsports, replacing Mike Wallace as the team's lead driver,[13] in addition to returning to the No. 40 Chevrolet for Circle Sport in the Sprint Cup Series.[14]

In the 2014 Cup season, Cassill tied his career-best finish of 12th at the Daytona 500, and recorded his best career finish of 4th at the Geico 500.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 Cassill started the 2013 season running for Sprint Cup Series points, but switched to the Nationwide Series starting at Charlotte in May.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography at his official website; Retrieved November 9, 2007
  2. ^ a b Hawkeye Downs Hero-Landon Cassill; Dennis Michelsen; stockcarpitpass.com; June 21, 2006, Retrieved November 9, 2007
  3. ^ Landon Cassill, Retrieved November 9, 2007
  4. ^ The ASA Late Model Series’ own, Landon Cassill signs with NASCAR powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports; ASA Late Model Series and M.P.H. Promotions, Retrieved January 5, 2007
  5. ^ Spencer, Lee (December 22, 2011). "Kurt Busch reaches deal for 2012 ride". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  6. ^ Rodman, Dave (February 2, 2012). "Daytona 500 boasts record purse of $19 million". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ Spencer, Lee (February 2, 2012). "Cassill leaves Front Row days before 500". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  8. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 9, 2012). "Landon Cassill to drive for owners who purchased Red Bull equipment, points". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Lee (February 14, 2012). "Reutimann's Daytona ride is with BK". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Cassill signs with Circle Sport for 2013 season". The State. Columbia, SC. February 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  11. ^ Pockrass, Bob (March 19, 2013). "Landon Cassill sues BK Racing for $205K, says he was 'deceived'". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  12. ^ "Cassill to Drive No. 40 Sprint Cup Series Entry at Indianapolis Motor Speedway". Circle Sport. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  13. ^ "Cassill to drive main ride for JD Motorsports". Yahoo! Sports. December 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  14. ^ Davis, Jeremiah (December 16, 2013). "Cassill secure in 2014 plans, continues to build career". The Gazette. Cedar Rapids, IA. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
David Ragan
NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Justin Allgaier