Not the 'New Guy' at Kentucky
Cassill Hopes Previous Race,Test Experience Pay Off
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its first stop at the Kentucky Speedway this Saturday. As an up and coming driver, Landon Cassill often carries less experience into most venues than his fellow competitors. However, things will be different in this weekend's Quaker State 400. Cassill is one of the few drivers who have competed at the 1.5-mile race track and he looks forward to navigating his No. 51 Security Benefit/Thank A Teacher Today Chevrolet in familiar territory.
Cassill competed in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway, driving for JR Motorsports. He started eighth and finished 11th in the No. 5 Chevrolet. Cassill has also tested Sprint Cup Series cars for Hendrick Motorsports at the track. He hopes his seat time will give him a head start on the field this weekend.
Crew chief of the No. 51 team, Nick Harrison, is from Columbia, Tenn., a short drive from Kentucky Speedway. He will have several friends and family members at the inaugural Cup Series event and aims to leave them with a lasting impression.
Phoenix Racing will take the same car that Cassill drove earlier this season at Pocono Raceway. Cassill started 25th and finished in 24th in the event.
Cassill Comments on Kentucky Speedway:
"Kentucky is a lot of fun. It's really wide and has a few different grooves that you can race in. It's almost a whole lane wider than Kansas (Speedway). You've got a few options, depending on how your car is handling. It always makes for a good show. More lanes means more side-by-side racing, which I think the fans will see plenty of. Not to mention, it's going to be a night race and that always adds some excitement to the event.
"This is going to be a pretty special race. It's not too often that you have the opportunity to say that you won the first Sprint Cup race held at a track. It's a unique honor for sure. Everyone will be gunning for those bragging rights.
"I've got some experience racing at Kentucky. I ran in the Nationwide Series race a few years ago and have tested some Cup cars there. I'm familiar with the track and its characteristics. Hopefully that will pay dividends this weekend and we'll unload a fast Thank A Teacher Today Chevy. I'm always the one who has to learn the track and get acclimated to it. It'll be nice to not be 'the 'new guy' at the track for a change."
By: phoenix racing