Statesville, N.C. (April 24, 2012) - Although BK Racing is making its inaugural performance at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Landon Cassill is confident that his No. 93 BK Racing team is prepared to tackle the .75-mile oval. Cassill feels his performance at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) is a good indicator of what to expect in Saturday night's Richmond 400.
Cassill was involved in a wreck at PIR earlier this season; however, he references the event as having one of his best-handling cars. He expects a similar-handling car will produce solid results and hopes to find the same level of comfort with his Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota this weekend.
Cassill has made three NSCS starts at RIR. His best finish is 25th place, which he achieved in September 2011. He has four starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has a best finish of 12th place (2008) and has finished inside the top-25 in three of the four starts.
The No. 83 team remained in the top-35 of the NSCS owner point standings following the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Cassill's car experienced problems with its fuel pressure last weekend and caused him to spend an extended time behind the wall. The team finished 34th, but remained 35th in the standings.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Landon Cassill heading into Richmond International Raceway:
"This is one of the best events that we run all year. The track has sold out their tickets for a long time. They usually pack the stands. It's always a great show and the night race is always lots of fun. It's really exciting to go to a short track. It's where I made a few of my first Nationwide starts there and had a few good runs, so I'm excited.
"This will be BK Racing's first time at Richmond. We don't have any notes to look back on, but we had a really good car at Phoenix (International Raceway). Our car handled really well, but we got caught up in an accident (and finished 35th). Until that point, we were going forward. That should give us a good foundation for Richmond in terms of our setup. Hopefully that will give us a good starting point.
"Even though it's expected to beat and bang at a short track, you have to take care of your car at Richmond, especially early on. Your car gets aero loose beside people, and aero tight behind people. You have to balance your aero grip versus your mechanical grip. You use a lot of brakes there and have to manage that. You also have to use your fenders to get around people every once in a while.
"Racing under the lights is fun. The sparks, the action and the excitement of a late-night race, it draws a good crowd. It's good for the fans and good for our sport."