When you talk to Landon Cassill, one would think you would be expecting to talk to a driver who is searching for answers to why he doesn't have a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series ride. Instead you find yourself talking to someone who is still full of enthusiasm and ambition.
That enthusiasm and ambition was loud and clear when asked about coming to compete in the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment's Pride of Iowa 100 this Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. He will be driving a car prepared by Kyle Busch Motorsports and will carry the National Guard sponsorship.
"I'm really excited! I think Iowa Speedway is definitely one of the best tracks that I have driven on and to come back in some great equipment I can't wait," the Cedar Rapids, IA driver stated. "Kyle has been gracious enough to put me in his race car. He has been a good friend of mine and I think its going to be great. I have been in the race shop a few times and they have great program over at KBM with some awesome equipment. I'm just real excited to get in the car."
Last year Cassill competed in the ASAMT event at Iowa Speedway driving a car prepared by 2008 ASAMT Champion Dan Fredrickson. He started on the outside of the front row and was an early leader but fell back and finished ninth. He also remembers how well Kyle Busch ran in that race and is excited about his chances this year, "We are bringing about the same package as last year and I am ready for it," Cassill exclaimed.
It has been a tough year for Landon as he is still waiting to compete in his first NASCAR event this season. The 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year has been keeping himself busy, "Been running around quite a bit, been up in Michigan driving a car for Port City Chassis and that has been a lot of fun, been working really hard on that program. Been busy with that and trying to stay sharp," Cassill stated.
As far as a Nationwide or Truck series race? "It's continuing to be a slow year for me, but I have been going to a lot of NASCAR races when I am not doing late model stuff but I am trying to stay out there and stay sharp so when I get the chance to get back in the seat, I will be ready to go," Cassill said. "That has been my focus for this year. There are not many rides out there at this moment and the sponsors are definitely limited."
So far he has 25 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with one pole, and five top-ten finishes. He has seven starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with one top-five and three top-ten finishes.
As of this writing, Cassill is one of the 39 entries for this Saturday night's event. You can view the full entry list at www.asamidwesttour.com.
ASAMT qualifying gets underway at 2:30 p.m. with its autograph session at 3:45 p.m. The Pride of Iowa 100 gets underway at 7:50 p.m followed by an after race concert by Jake Owen.
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