LMS: Pre-season news 2007-01-05

17-year-old Landon Cassill, a staple of the ASA Late Model Series the last three seasons, has signed with the potent NASCAR stable of Hendrick Motorsports for the upcoming 2007 season. Lexington, Michigan (01/05/2007): The ASA Late Model...

17-year-old Landon Cassill, a staple of the ASA Late Model Series the last three seasons, has signed with the potent NASCAR stable of Hendrick Motorsports for the upcoming 2007 season.

Lexington, Michigan (01/05/2007): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts has seen some of the top drivers in the history of the series move on in an effort to advance their respective careers beginning with the last two ASALMS Challenge Division Champions, Kelly Bires and Stephen Leicht.

Both drivers running in the WalTom Racing stable, have now moved on and will represent the ASALMS well with in their respective career paths. Bires has signed with Wood Brothers JTG Racing and will be gunning for the 2007 Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series as well as making select appearances in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Leicht is part of the Robert Yates Racing stable and will run the full schedule of events in the NASCAR Busch Series as well as select NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events. The Ashville, North Carolina driver made his NASCAR Nextel Cup debut on July 23, 2006 at the Pocono (PA) Raceway and ran half the 2006 season in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Now another driver who's established his roots firmly within the ASALMS, is taking the next step of his aspiring racing career; 17-year-old Landon Cassill has signed with NASCAR powerhouse, Hendrick Motorsports and will join the likes of 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, Jimmie Johnson as well as Four-Time Cup Champion, Jeff Gordon, plus Kyle Busch and Casey Mears in one of the most potent teams in NASCAR today.

"I feel really, really honored to be part of this organization," Cassill stated. "I'm honored to be in such an elite group and I'm looking forward to moving forward with my racing career!" He added. Cassill's 2007 plans with Hendrick Motorsports call for the Fairfax, Iowa pilot to go through several phases of testing and then later in the season, Cassill will debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series and later the NASCAR Busch Series.

"Landon grew up with us, he started his ASALMS career when he was just 14 years old. He's 17 now and has just completed his third full season with us!" Co-Founder/President of the ASALMS, Ron Varney Jr., stated. "We are so proud of Landon for this opportunity and Hendrick is very fortunate to have someone of Landon's caliber in their stables. We wish him the very best of luck and I know he'll make us proud." Varney Jr., continued.

Since Cassill cannot compete in NASCAR sanctioned events until he turns 18 on July 7, 2007, his time spent in the ASALMS isn't quite over yet! Tentative plans call for Cassill to run with the ASALMS Challenge Division as well as select events in both the ASALMS Northern and Southern Divisions.

-credit: asa

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