Cassill Finishes 33rd in Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevy at Richmond Richmond, VA, (Sept. 11, 2010) - Landon Cassill raced to a 33rd place finish in the No. 71 Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevrolet Impala SS in tonight's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
Cassill Finishes 33rd in Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevy at Richmond
Richmond, VA, (Sept. 11, 2010) - Landon Cassill raced to a 33rd place finish in the No. 71 Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevrolet Impala SS in tonight's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Air Guard 400 presented by the Post 9/11-GI Bill at Richmond International Raceway.
Cassill started the race from his 14th row qualifying position. The 21-year old had a car that took several laps to come into the track. During long runs, especially at the end of the race, Cassill was running lap times that mirrored those of the leaders. Recording his first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup finish, Cassill ran a smart and calculated race earning the respect of his competitors and team.
"I wish we could have been better on our short runs," Cassill said. "We were really competitive at the end. It is tough to have a slow start to the race. We went down a few laps early and then the car came to us and we were really running well at the end. You just can't give up that kind of time to these guys."
The team and young Cassill adjusted on the car most of the night. Couple that with an uncharacteristic Richmond race which had many long green flag runs, that makes for a very fast night.
"The car was funny, it came and went. On the long runs it was a lot better. It is so hard on these short tracks. You have to be good on the short runs or you will go laps down to these guys like we did early. We worked on it hard all race and the guys did a great job in the pits. I will take away from this race how important it is to be good on short runs right from the start."
Cassill is appreciative of the team and the sponsors for taking his first checkered flag in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
"I appreciate the opportunity from everyone at the Veterans Administration (V.A.), the Post-9/11 GI Bill and TRG Motorsports for having the faith in me to help deliver their message this past week and to make my first full length Sprint Cup race."
Kevin Buckler, team principal, pegged the week and the race a success.
"We had an incredible week," Buckler said. "From the first event we did together with our initial show car program, we could feel, not only the synergy of our teams, V.A. and TRG, but the acceptance and significance of this fantastic government program from our audience. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the top management from the Veterans Administration, and the agencies that support them, and they are first class. We were able to really help get the message out regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Landon and the entire TRG Motorsports team did a really great job this weekend. These short tracks are tough and we asked a true rookie to go out and run competitively and that is exactly what he did. The team worked all week on our partnership with the Post-9/11 GI Bill folks and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the V.A. and moving forward with the entire program."
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to New Hampshire for the Sylvania 300 to be run on Sunday, September 19.
-source: trg motorsports