LandonDouglasCassill is an American racing driver born on July 7, 1989 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is still trying to find a way to the top of the NASCAR premier division after spending seven years with six different teams in the Cup Series.
Landon Cassill was very successful at the beginning
He was only three years old when started racing, first driving a quad and later moved to a go-kart. Over the years he won many titles, including two National kart championship titles and four International Kart Federation titles, racing on both dirt and asphalt.
Over the years Cassill progressed through a legend and modified cars racing before becoming, at the age of 16, the youngest winner in the ASA Late Model Series when he won the race at Lake Erie Speedway. After numerous successes, Landon was ready for the bigger stage so in 2006 he made a NASCAR debut.
Debut in NASCAR Series
Actually, Cassill passed through GM racing Development competition and after some impressive performances, he was signed by Hendrick Motorsports. His first steps in the most popular American racing series helped him to learn a thing or two and gain some experience. Driving a Chevy in the six races of Nationwide Series, his best result was 18th place at Dover.
Landon Cassill at the 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200
The results were much better in 2008 when he drove for JR Motorsports. Cassill scored five top 10 finishes to 26th place in the final standings which was enough to earn Rookie of the Year award. The same year Landon also appeared in a couple of Truck Series races and was impressive at Milwaukee where he was third.
The 3rd place finish at Daytona
After pretty good 2008 season, Cassill missed most of the following campaign. Actually, he entered only one race in Nationwide Series. Driving for Phoenix Racing, Landon finished 10th at Memphis. His further career probably was in doubt but luckily the things have improved in 2010. Cassill debuted in Cup Series, driving for three teams but failed to achieve notable results. He also appeared in Nationwide and, for the last time, in Truck series but again results were relatively poor.
Landon Casill, still to far from top of the NASCAR rankings
Interestingly, Landon drove only one Nationwide Series race in 2011 and that was the season-opening race at Daytona. Driving Phoenix Racing’s Chevy #1 he finished 3rd which was the best result in his career. For the rest of the season, he has competed in Winston Cup, driving in 32 of 36 races that year but again scored a single top 10 finish. His best result that year was 12th place in Michigan.
Video - Landon Cassill leads Brickyard 400
Racing in NASCAR Nationwide Series
Cassill left Phoenix Racing at the end of 2012 and was near to sign with Front Row Motorsports. The deal fell through after he was offered full-time drive with a newly formed BK Racing team. Driving a #83 Toyota he finished the season in the Cup ranked 31st, still missing to finish in top 10 in the race.
At Martinsville Speedway, April 2013
Due to a contract dispute, Cassill left BK Racing before the start of 2013 season but soon after he found a new engagement with Circle Sport in Winston Cup, but also drove Hillman Racing’s Chevy. Interestingly, in May he decided not to run for points in the Cup and switched to Nationwide Series with JD Motorsports doing pretty the same as in previous years, simply failing to impress.
Finally in the Top 10 in Sprint Cup race
In the next two years, Landon Cassill continued to drive for Hillman in the Cup Series but again he was not running for points. He decided to compete in what is now Xfinity Series. However, in 2014 he finished 12th at Daytona and 4th at Talladega in the Cup races and those were his best results so far. The same year in the Xfinity Series he did good after he has finished 12th in the standings.
In 2015, Cassill dropped to 18th position in the Series while in the Cup he was still unable to impress and score results that might secure him better funding and better car. However, in 2016 he left racing in the Xfinity series and chose Sprint Cup, this time in the seat of Front Row Motorsports’ #38 Ford, still wishing to score at least one more top 10 finish. The season was far from perfect and Cassill finished 29th in the standings, with the 11th place at GEICO 500 at Talladega as the highlight of the season.
In the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Landon stayed with Front Row Motorsport but switched to the #34 Ford.