Cassill to finish Nationwide campaign for JDM
April 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller has inked a deal with Landon Cassill to be the primary driver of the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The agreement covers all the companion events on the Nationwide schedule, beginning next week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Cassill, 23, comes to the team with a vast amount of racing experience over the past five years that includes winning the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. He began his racing career when he first entered a quad race at the tender age of three-years-old, progressing to karting where he won two Kart Series National Championships and four International Kart Federation (IKF) Championships.
“JD Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Landon Cassill to our team. His experience in both the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series will help to improve our entire program,” stated Johnny Davis, owner and CEO of JD Motorsports.
Quickly adapting, Cassill became the youngest winner in the ASA Late Model Series in 2003 by winning a North Series event at Lake Erie Speedway at age 14, his first foray into stock car racing. Cassill began his NASCAR career through the GM Racing Development competition and was signed by NASCAR powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports in December of 2006. He was then tasked with testing the team’s Car of Tomorrow program as the lead driver in their research and development department, which accumulated 13 of the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series COT race wins.
In 2008, Cassill began a stint at JR Motorsports where he ended the season with 19 starts, five top-10s, one pole and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year honor. Cassill continued testing with Hendrick Motorsports and completed one start in Phoenix Racing’s No. 1 Miccosukee Chevrolet at Memphis Motorsports Park in 2009, where he finished 10th.
The year 2009 saw Cassill take on the challenge of qualifying for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. Three years later marked Cassill’s first full-time season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Cassill drove the No. 83 Burger King Toyota to seven top-20 finishes for start-up team BK Racing. For 2013, Landon will also be competing in the Sprint Cup Series, racing the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet.
“I am really happy to be joining JD Motorsports and racing the No. 4 Flex Seal Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” said Cassill. “I went down to the shop and met with Johnny (Davis) and the guys, and I am excited for the opportunity. I look forward to helping them improve over the course of the season, and I believe we can race competitively starting at Texas.”
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