Statesville, N.C. – Landon Cassill and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) go together like peanut butter and jelly. The driver of the No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota scored his career-best finish (12th) in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at the track last season. His best finish of 2012 is 18th place, which he most recently achieved at MIS in June. His affinity for the two-mile speedway has him excited about the potential to top his season-best performance in this weekend’s Pure Michigan 400.
Following his 18th-place run at MIS in June, Cassill has gone on to score three more top-25s, including a 23rd-place finish last week at Watkins Glen. With momentum on his side, he sees this weekend as an opportunity for BK Racing to rally for
Doug Richert, crew chief of the No. 83 Toyota, has sat on the pit box for 30 Cup races at MIS. He’s achieved two wins (2004, 2005), five top-fives and 10 top 10s.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Landon Cassill heading into Michigan: “Since the repaving at Michigan, we’ve had a race and a test session. We have a much better idea of what we’re up against. We weren’t quite sure what to expect when we went there in the spring. Now we’ve got some experience to look back on and build upon. We had a really good Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota for our test and I think we’ll be in good shape for Sunday. We have a solid race to reference. We finished 18th there last time, so we’ve got good notes to get us started this weekend.
“The track still drives the same. It feels the same. You’re just going 10 miles per hour faster than you were on the old pavement. It’s still Michigan. It has a lot of the same characteristics. It really won’t be long until it’s back to where it was.
“I’m not sure why, but it’s a track that I’ve seemed to do well at. I’ve had good opportunities with good equipment there. That’s a big part of it. Last year I had a really good car when I finished 12th. I’ve qualified well there, too. That always helps. It’s a good intermediate track for me, but I’ve also had good race cars to get me there. I know that my team will have an awesome car for me this weekend and we can put together another good performance this weekend.
“We’ve put together some great finishes since our last race at Michigan. I feel like our race there really helped get the ball rolling for us. I think this weekend will be a good chance for us to keep momentum rolling for a late-season rally.”