CASSILL SCORES SIXTH-PLACE FINISH IN EXCITING FINAL LAP AT TALLADEGA Claims Third Top-10 Finish in Seventh and Final Run for Randy Moss Motorsports TALLADEGA, AL (October 6, 2008) -- Landon Cassill made his final start in the Randy Moss ...
CASSILL SCORES SIXTH-PLACE FINISH IN EXCITING FINAL LAP AT TALLADEGA
Claims Third Top-10 Finish in Seventh and Final Run for Randy Moss Motorsports
TALLADEGA, AL (October 6, 2008) -- Landon Cassill made his final start in the Randy Moss Motorsports (RMM) No. 81 Chevrolet Silverado this weekend in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS). Making his debut on the 2.66-mile track, Cassill brought the No. 81 National Guard Chevrolet home to a sixth-place finish in an exciting final lap of the event.
Cassill competed in the ARCA event on Friday at TSS and was able to gain valuable experience going into Saturday's truck race. "I think patience was a huge thing that learned in speedway racing in general," stated Cassill. "You can't win the race on the first lap but you can definitely lose it. Even though the ARCA cars are a lot different than the trucks at Talladega, there are still simple drafting techniques that apply as well."
With that in mind, the RMM driver started the 94-lap race with a strategy to just sit back and be patient. "We really laid back all day and sort of let the race play out on its own," continued the 19-year-old.
With a truck that was handling well, when Cassill came to pit road the Randy Moss Motorsports team gave him fuel and tires only with each stop. However, on his final stop he found trouble on the pit lane when the No. 5 truck of Mike Skinner made contact with him. Crew chief Eric Phillips called his driver back in on the next lap to fix any damage and gave him four fresh Goodyear tires before sending him back out for the restart.
In the closing laps of the race, Cassill put himself in position to make a run for the front. Driving up the middle of the pack, the 19-year-old crossed the start/finish line in the sixth spot. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native commented on his run to the checkered. "I kind of found that neither line was going to win the race for anybody and it seemed like you could get an opening and suck through the middle and then get back in line and suck back through the middle. That is what drove me from the back to the front."
"We put ourselves in great position after the final pit stop, being behind Kyle Busch, but when the 5 truck hit us on pit road it sort of put a spin on our strategy," continued Cassill. "I had to go from the back to the front through the middle with little to no drafting help, but we were able to pull it off and come up with sixth."
With his sixth-place run Cassill earned his third top-10 finish for RMM in just seven starts for the team. "It feels great to get another top-10 finish for these guys," said the Randy Moss Motorsports driver. "Moss Motorsports is in need for a sponsor in 2009, and I feel like running in the top ten every week like this is what it will take to keep them competitive and keep the funds coming."
"I definitely learned a little bit about drafting today and just am really proud of this National Guard/Randy Moss Motorsports team today," added Cassill. "I can't thank them enough for putting me in their Chevy Silverado. It was a lot of fun."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will take a week off before heading into a five-race stretch that will bring them to the season finale in Homestead in November. The next race is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 with the running of the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED. In addition the race will be broadcast on MRN (Motor Racing Network) and Sirius Satellite Radio at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)