Statesville, N.C. - Things are looking up for Landon Cassill's return trip to Richmond International Raceway. Cassill is coming off a string of four top-25 finishes, including a 20th-place run last week at Atlanta.
In his most recent race at Richmond, he started 21st and finished 20th. He hopes all of the good performances culminate into another solid showing for his No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper team in this weekend's Federated Auto Parts 400.
Cassill has four previous Cup Series starts at Richmond. Two starts netted top-25 finishes. He has four starts to his credit in Nationwide Series competition. Three resulted in top-25 finishes. His best performance came in 2008, finishing 12th.
Cassill will have a special decal on his No. 83 car at Richmond in remembrance of 9/11. A decal of the American flag with the words "Never Forget" will be on Cassill's deck lid this weekend.
Comments from BK Racing driver Landon Cassill heading into Richmond:
"This weekend will be the cutoff for the Chase. You're going to have some guys that aren't in the Chase and trying to earn a spot. They'll be driving harder and more aggressive than ever. Some guys are going to try and be conservative to protect their spot.
It could definitely have an impact the race. If guys are getting wild out there and tearing up equipment, it gives us an opportunity to have a better finish, but we've just got to go there and focus on our own deal. One thing we can't do is beat ourselves.
If guys that wreck open the door for us to have a better finish, then that's good for us, but I don't think it changes our strategy. We'll take the same approach as always and hopefully we can capitalize when we get the chance.
"I know this much, it's going to be exciting. It's a great atmosphere at Richmond. Racing at a short track under the lights, it's tough to beat that. It's a great race track. I love going to it. I've run well there in the past, so I can't wait to get back there.
"I'm honored that we'll have a decal on our car in remembrance of 9/11. It's our way of saying how much we appreciate all of the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make every day, and paying tribute to the heroes and victims of that day."
Source: BK Racing