Landon Cassill needs to take a page out of Ryan Preece’s book and take a step back and bet on himself. Preece, had funding to race full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with underbudget teams. Instead, after one full season, he took his money to Joe Gibbs Racing for what was originally a two race deal. He finished second and first respectively in those opportunities, which has led to a 10 race deal with JGR in 2018. He’s got two wins to his credit now, including a win on Saturday afternoon at Bristol.
Cassill, has the talent like Preece and is showing he should do the same.
The Iowa native signed with StarCom Racing to replace Jeffrey Earnhardt for two races. Earnhardt, drove in the first five races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season for the new team. His best finish was 21st in the season opening Daytona 500. His other four finishes were, 34th (Atlanta), 31st (Las Vegas), 35th (Phoenix) and 36th (Fontana) respectively. He and the team decided to part ways after the west coast swing.
In came Cassill.
The 28 year old had made 260 career Cup starts prior to joining the team the last two races. The problem is, he never really got the opportunity to shine. Since 2010, he has driven for RAB Racing, Phoenix Racing and JD Motorsports in the NASCAR XFINITY Series ranks, while piloting cars on the Cup level for Germain Racing, Phoenix Racing, BK Racing, Circle Sport, Hillman Racing and Front Row Motorsports.
Not exactly your top teams.
So, with a new opportunity, Cassill wasn’t sure what to expect. But, after the last two weeks, he should step out of the No. 00 Chevrolet and not return to a NASCAR ride unless it’s with a deal like Preece got. Bet on yourself now. He’s still young enough, in what many consider his prime racing age.
Cassill, finished 21st last weekend at Texas. On Monday at Bristol, he finished 20th. That top 20 was nothing short of amazing. The team has very limited resources. Bristol is usually demolition derby. Cassill, avoided everything and even drove on 125 lap old right side tires to close out the race because they literally had no tires left for him to change in to.
Despite having no tires left, he finished 20th.
What could he do with a top team?
The ball is now in his court.
Preece and Cassill could start a new revolution in racing where drivers get top rides in limited opportunities but placing bets on their selves.