The Frontstretch: Landon Cassill Driver Diary: Oily Tracks, Multiple Grooves and Hurricanes by Summer Bedgood -- Friday August 31, 2012

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I’d say the biggest challenge for us was Watkins Glen, just because of my limited experience at the road courses. But we came out pretty good and I was proud of our finish and it gets me excited to go back there again next year with the seat time that I have now and hopefully run better.

Landon Cassill weighs in on Watkins Glen oil, Bristol changes, hurricanes and Republicans in his latest driver diary.

I think we made the most gains at Michigan because we were able to go there for the tire test and work on our car at the tire test. Then we were able to come back to the shop and gather all the data that we got from the test and apply it to the car that we were taking to the race at Michigan. All of those things together produced a great result. We qualified ninth and actually had a solid top 15 run going at the end when we blew the transmission. We made gains there and we’ll continue to do it.

It’s really tragic about those two girls who went missing back home in Iowa. It wasn’t far from where I’m from and it’s just a tragic thing. So we got their pictures on our car and wanted to just get them some exposure and get it out there so that maybe somebody would see it and recognize them or something. I haven’t heard any updates on it lately but our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families.

Regarding Watkins Glen, there was definitely oil on the rack. I don’t know what the right or wrong decision would have been. It looked to me like NASCAR did not know that there was oil on the track, so I think that obviously they’re not going to throw a caution if there isn’t any oil on the track and to my understanding, there wasn’t. But it turned out that there was! But it was still an exciting finish and I think that’s probably what is most important.

I thought Bristol was great! They definitely made some changes that were noticeable but instead of making the bottom groove the preferred lane, it made the top groove even more the preferred lane which brought in some more beating and banging and some tough racing. I think it was cool to see it and cool to see an exciting finish. I look forward to hopefully being able to race for the lead there and race for the win someday.

I think Stewart’s helmet throw was a 10! I mean, he threw it with two hands! It was dead on the target. That was made for TV for sure.

I’ve been following Hurricane Isaac just because I watch the news and I’ve been following the Republican National Convention in Tampa and they’ve been having hurricane updates on the minute about that. You’ve just gotta know what’s going on. I think it’s most important that everybody is safe in Mississippi and Louisiana. It sounds like there might be some residual weather, or whatever you call it, from the hurricane. Maybe some rain. But hopefully we get the race in Sunday night.

I thought the Republican National Convention was great. I think Ann Romney did a great job with her speech, and Chris Christie is pretty awesome. I’m a supporter and I look forward to getting to the ballots and voting. I absolutely think Mitt Romney is our best candidate. I think he’d be a great president.

I’m looking forward to Atlanta. I think it’s a great racetrack. It’s hard on tires, which is fun and makes it fun for the driver. There’s a lot of stuff you can do to the car on long green flag runs. And it’s fast! I’m looking forward to it. I think we’re going to run good. We need to go there and put a solid race together. Our pitstops have been really good lately. My team is really coming together. I go to watch pit stop practices on Tuesday nights and the energy that the guys are bringing to even just practice is really impressive. They’re really becoming a team and working together. It makes me want to work harder for them because I don’t want to let them down.

I’m looking forward to the weekend with these guys and putting together a good run.

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