Cassill Ready for Richmond in Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevy Mooresville, NC, (Sept. 8, 2010) - Landon Cassill and TRG Motorsports is ready to take on Richmond International Raceway in the No. 71 Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevrolet Impala SS with TRG...
Cassill Ready for Richmond in Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevy
Mooresville, NC, (Sept. 8, 2010) - Landon Cassill and TRG Motorsports is ready to take on Richmond International Raceway in the No. 71 Post-9/11 GI Bill Chevrolet Impala SS with TRG Motorsports for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Air Guard 400 to be run Saturday, September 11.
TRG Motorsports began the pre-race activities with the Veterans Affairs Administration over a week ago by taking the No. 71 Post-9/11 GI Bill My Story Chevy on a tour of the east coast using an authentic racecar to help explain the benefits that can be derived by utilizing the program.
Landon GI Bill Taking that story to the nearly 100,000+ fans that will attend the Air Guard 400 at Richmond, driver Landon Cassill is ready for a strong weekend. Cassill will make his third start with TRG Motorsports this weekend. The 21 year old Cedar Rapids, Iowa native made runs with the team at Chicagoland, Indy and Bristol. Cassill brings a lot of experience on the Richmond race track. He made three starts there in the Nationwide Series and the short track layout mirrors the circuits he cut his teeth on coming through the professional racing ranks.
"I had my first opportunity behind the wheel of the No. 71 at Chicagoland and then Indy," Cassill said. "We also ran Bristol. Then the opportunity came about with the Post-9/11 GI Bill campaign. It is a great opportunity for me to run Richmond and also help spread the word about the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a great program that will help a lot of people who have served our country further their education and continue to make a contribution to society."
Richmond is a track that Cassill is very familiar with from his time in the Nationwide Series. In 2008 he started 11th and finished 12th in the National Guard Chevy.
"I've run in the Nationwide Series at Richmond. I finished 12th there in the second race in 2008. The last time I ran there we had a shot at the pole and then qualifying was rained out, so we had to start a little farther back based upon points. I have a of lot laps at Richmond and that experience will help me in the Sprint Cup race this Saturday. It is a short track. The grand stands go all the way around the track, giving it a real stadium feel."
Set-up on the red-white-and-blue Chevy for the D-shaped, three-quarter mile track is paramount.
"You need to keep your momentum in turns three and four and that can be a tough thing to do. You also have to have bite off of the corner. With the horsepower of the Sprint Cup car that is always a challenge. I will try and keep the car rolling really good through the center of the corner without sacrificing drive-off. If we can get that right I can then drive up off of the corner and pass people. Brakes play a role because the race is 400 miles long. It is not as bad as Martinsville, because it is more of a momentum track. I will need to keep the front tires cool and under me. I will have to manage the car so I have something left for the end of the race."
Post 9/11 GI Bill Chevy Helicopter This will be the TRG Motorsports first run with the Post-9/11 GI Bill colors on the No. 71 Chevy.
"We are pleased to partner with the Richmond International Raceway, TRG Motorsports and Landon during this event, and look forward to increasing public awareness about the financial support and educational housing benefits available through the Post-9/11 GI Bill to military personnel," Keith Wilson, director of the Education Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said. "There are many service men and women who are unaware of the beneficial programs offered through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and we are eager to provide detailed information during NASCAR Weekend."
Kevin Buckler, team principal, welcomes a new sponsor and is ready for a successful weekend.
"This is a big weekend for our team," Buckler said. "We are helping the Veterans Affairs Administration spread the word about the benefits that can be received when service men and women sign up for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. We started the program off with the VA about a week ago touring around the east coast with our show car. Landon is very excited about the race and the Post-9/11 GI Bill program. Landon and I both have family that has benefitted from the GI Bill which is really cool. My father and uncle were put through school on the program, so that makes this event even more meaningful to me. The team has put together a very good car and we are planning on having a strong run Saturday night."
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