Handy: Where Does Landon Cassill End Up in 2018?


It came as a surprise to many when it was announced earlier in the week that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Landon Cassill who drives the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports wouldn’t be returning to the team in 2018.

The 28-year old Cassill said was informed of the decision on Monday by FRM General Manager, Jerry Freeze. Cassill spoke to reporters on Tuesday during a test session at Martinsville Speedway saying, “The most important thing for me and my family is just to prepare for the future, figure out where I want to go next and what I want to do, Cassill said.”

Cassill who has 253 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 2010 has been in this position before. Cassill has piloted entries for Hendrick Motorsports as an 18-year old development driver, BK Racing, Hillman Racing and Front Row Motorsports.

Cassill’s best finish in the MENCS is fourth at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014. This season he had a top-16 finish in the Daytona 500 but it’s been an up and down season with Cassill sitting 32nd in points heading into Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega with his average career finish being 29.4.

Cassill is hands down a fan favorite as he is very active with fans on social media. While driving the No. 38 for FRM he started the #38Nice campaign. This year the current thing campaign is fans going to Love’s Travel Stops, one of his current sponsors and tweeting to Cassill that they can’t find him and are wondering where he is. Cassill is one of those drivers who you have a great chance to interacting with on social media as he does many Facebook Live Q&A sessions as well.

Cassill wasn’t letting the news get him down though. He tweeted an update on his current situation as of Tuesday night. That update is a photo of him and his son Beckham just chilling out together.

However, being here before and being in this sport for years now Cassill knows how challenging this sport can be and knows anything can happen at any time.

“It’s definitely a challenging time in the sport for these teams and drivers and sponsors as well. They have to make decisions almost every single year now,” Cassill said.

The big question remains where could Cassill end up in 2018? With quite a few drivers considered free agents there aren’t many seats in the MENCS open.

Originally it was a nice thought that Cassill could end up in the No. 77 Toyota Camry as a teammate to Martin Truex Jr over at Furniture Row Racing. That thought wasn’t one that lasted long though as Furniture Row Racing Owner Barney Visser confirmed on Wednesday that the organization would only field the No. 78 Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex Jr. Visser did state however that their goal is to operate a two-car team again in the future.

With the No. 77 seat not, an option there still remains a few more potential seats in the Cup Series. Let’s look at those:

Richard Childress Racing will have the No. 27 Chevrolet open next season as Paul Menard makes the move to the Wood Brothers Infamous No. 21. There hasn’t been too much talk on who could potentially land in the No. 27 but it is an option for Cassill. While rumors swirled yesterday throughout social media that XFINITY Series driver and playoff contender Brennan Poole, who is out of a ride at Chip Ganassi Racing next year could land a MENCS ride with RCR it hasn’t been confirmed.

Stewart-Hass Racing confirmed a while back that Danica Patrick wouldn’t return to the No. 10 Ford next season leaving that seat vacated as well. Could Cassill end up in a top-notch seat at SHR? It would be a huge opportunity for Cassill to show his talent. Since no driver has yet to be named to drive the No. 10 it could very well be an option if they decided to speak with Cassill.

Richard Petty Motorsports also made a driver announcement some time ago stating that Aric Almirola wouldn’t return to the iconic No. 43 in 2018. While no driver has been named to drive for the team yet many think Bubba Wallace could be signed to the ride as he did fill in for Almirola while the driver was out after suffering a back injury earlier in the summer. Still, without a driver being signed this yet again could be an option for Cassill if he is approached.

While it’s hard to pin down one team in particular that Cassill could land a MENCS ride at in 2018 due to so many drivers being considered free agents and not many seats open there is hope that he finds a ride still.

Cassill said he would be open to talking to any teams in either the MENCS, NXS or the NCWTS. Could Cassill make a move like Justin Allgaier has done or Elliott Sadler? Signing with an XFINITY Series team instead of a Cup team? It could payoff for Cassill if it’s the right team. Allgaier and Elliott both made the playoffs this season and are both contenders for the championship with Jr Motorsports. Cassill does have 118 starts in the NXS with 1 pole and 12 top-10 finishes over eight years. As far as the NCWTS goes he has 3 top ten finishes over a two-year span.

With an uncertain future Cassill looks to finish out this season strong in the No. 34 and he will look to capturing a strong finish in Sunday’s Alabama 500 from Talladega. His Front Row Motorsports team is hoping for the same Sunday and throughout the rest of the season.

“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 No. 34 team for the best possible results the remainder of the 2017 season.”

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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