Landon Cassill will not return to Front Row Motorsports for the 2018 season. The news was released Tuesday, though Cassill stated he had been informed of the news a day prior.
“I’m kind of excited to see what doors open up for me,” Cassill told JeffGluck.com, who first reported the news. “I have a unique résumé in this sport right now. I think my youth is what kind of helps stay plugged in on a social side and off-track side, and then I just have a tremendous amount of experience in the Cup Series — maybe not having the limelight of a top-notch team, but I’d like to work myself into one of those scenarios where I can showcase what I’ve learned.”
Cassill currently drives the #34, though he had driven the team’s #38 in 2016. After 30 races, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native sits 32nd in points. A former Hendrick Motorsports development driver, he bounced between teams in his early Cup career before settling at BK Racing’s #83 team for the full 2012 season. He later raced for Joe Falk’s Circle Sport operation, which was consolidated with Mike Hillman’s Hillman Racing team in 2014. Now driving the #40, he ran much of the season in conjunction with a full-time campaign in the Nationwide Series with JD Motorsports. At the fall Talladega race, he recorded his first career top-five finish in the Cup Series with a 4th-place run. He remained with Hillman and JD for 2015.
In 2016, he joined FRM’s #38 car. At the spring Bristol, he caught the eyes of many in the NASCAR community as he led 20 laps following a pit strategy. A fan favorite on social media, he devised a slogan for his team: “38, nice”. Cassill finished 29th in points.
For the 2017 season, he moved to the #34 car as former FRM driver David Ragan took over the #38. He has three top-20 finishes: 16th and 19th at the two Daytona races, followed by 20th at Chicagoland in September. Continuing his social media antics, he has established himself as a spokesman of sorts for team sponsor Love’s Travel Stops, frequently retweeting images of fans at such stops.
“We’re thankful for the last two years having Landon as a teammate and an ambassador for our sponsors, and we’ll keep working hard with him and the #34 team for the best possible results the remainder of the 2017 season,” a team spokesperson said.
A replacement in the #34 has not been announced.
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