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MENCS: Landon Cassill Excited to Be Back at StarCom Racing for 19′ Season

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StarCom Racing announced last month that Landon Cassill will be returning to the organization for the 2019 season. Cassill will be back behind the wheel of the No. 00 Chevrolet which he piloted for 25 races last season. Cassill’s other four starts were behind the wheel of the team’s second entry in No. 99 Chevrolet.

StarCom purchased a charter it was only leasing last season from Richard Childress Racing which now guarantees the team a starting spot in each race next season.

“I’m very excited to be back with StarCom Racing for 2019. We put in a lot of work at the end of 2018 to make improvements for this coming year, and I think that work will pay off across the board. The team is making big investments in cars and engines to step up our program, and it only motivates me to bring 110% as a driver, Cassill said.”

SCR has been busy this off-season enhancing their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program. The team recently moved to a new 20,000 square-foot facility in Salisbury, North Carolina.

The team now has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing as well and will have ECR Engines horsepower under the hood.

“We are coming off a successful first year for our new owners and team. We certainly endured a great deal of adversity as a start-from-scratch Cup team, learning along the way with positive results for the most part, said SCR Team Manager Derrike Cope.”

Cope went on to add, “We are extremely proud and pleased to have acquired the charter from RCR. We are excited to have contracted Landon Cassill for this coming year as I have enjoyed working with him in 2018 and what his experience brings to the race team. We are working hard now preparing for Daytona and cannot wait for the season to start.”

I recently had the opportunity to ask Cassill some questions regarding his return to SCR, as well as the upcoming 2019 season. Here is what he had to say.

Sarah Handy: It was announced that you’ll be returning to StarCom Racing for the 2019 season. It must be a good feeling to know you’ll be racing and back with the same team as last season?

Landon Cassill: It’s the best feeling to be able to know my plans for the upcoming year. It puts me in a position to properly plan and train for the season and bring the most to the table for my team.

SH: Since you’ll be with the same team again what kind of expectations do you set, if any?

LC: As a team, we want to keep building off our accomplishments in the last month of 2018. We’ve got better cars, and better engines for 2019. For me, I have a lot of personal expectations for myself, so a lot of my focus will be achieving my goals every day. If I can hit those marks, then I know it will raise the bar of my whole team.

SH: Many people might not realize it, but you had 2 top-20 finishes and 7 top-25 finishes in only 29 starts last season with a best finish of 18th at Las Vegas. Do you feel you accomplished what you set out to do in your first season with the team?

LC: I thought we had some great runs last year. Every season you’ll have some shining moments, but the most important thing to accomplish is consistency.

SH: Stage racing has been around for a while now; do you personally feel it benefits a small team such as yours?

LC: It just depends, sometimes it puts you in a position to get your laps back, or stay closer to the field, but sometimes the certainty in the way the cautions will fall takes some of the guesswork out of the strategy. I think you just have to have a fast car more than ever in our sport.

SH: The team has moved into a new facility, upgraded its engine program with ECR Engines and now you’ll be guaranteed a spot in each race next season. From an outsider’s standpoint it seems as if things are moving in the right direction…what are your thoughts?

LC: If a team is doing its job, every season there will be big developments. I think Derrike’s vision for where he is taking our organization is right on track with where we need to go. We just have to keep executing our goals

SH: As of yet do you have any plans to run any NASCAR Xfinity Series events in 2019 or are you mainly focused on the Cup side of things?

LC: My primary focus is the StarCom 00, but I always enjoy driving the NXS cars, if I get an opportunity to drive one, I will absolutely do it.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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