GAFFNEY, S.C. – Landon Cassill and the No. 4 Flex Seal team recorded a top-20 finish this weekend at the 2.66 mile Talladega Superspeedway. The team ran up front all day, but was collected in a last lap crash resulting in a 17th place finish. The finish catapulted the No. 4 car to 32nd in the Owner’s Points battle.
The No. 4 Flex Seal Chevy had limited practice time, but once qualifying arrived, the fresh ECR-powered machine found itself starting 22nd.
As the race began, Cassill found a comfortable spot in the draft and reported to the crew that the racecar was running great. For the first half of the event, the No. 4 machine moved around within the top-20, allowing Cassill to work on his drafting style for later in the race.
After a caution at lap 41, Cassill hooked up with Mike Wallace in a tandem draft and immediately went to the front. The duo ran near the top-10, trying to find a safe spot to race on the treacherous high banks of Talladega.
After NASCAR Officials shortened the race and the field was left with one Green-White-Checkered to sort it out, the tandem immediately went to work. Moving into the top-15 with a lap to go, the duo used the back stretch to enter the top-10. With Wallace leading and Cassill pushing, the two were running 6th and 7th as the cars in front began to wreck at the finish.
The No. 4 car went low and was then forced up the track, stopping before the start/finish line. Although suffering a hard hit, Cassill was able to climb out, remove the scoring transponder, and heroically walk it across the line to finish the event.
Landon Cassills: “That was a crazy and wild finish. When I started working with Mike, I could push really well without overheating, and he was able to lead us around here. We had a plan to run to the front on the last two laps, but we both knew they would end up wrecking up there.
We had a great run down the back stretch and we were coming up on the lead pack out of turn 4, but through the tri-oval they started wrecking. I took a hard hit into the wall, but I am okay. I hate it to tear up a good car for Johnny, but I am proud of how well the car ran today. Hopefully we can go get them again next weekend at Darlington.”