Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota, was a victim of circumstance last week at Dover. He was involved in a wreck on Lap 9 of the FedEx 400 and unable to return to the race. He finished in 38th place. The team remained 32nd in the owner point standings, however they only have a 14-point cushion over the 35th-place team. Cassill is looking for a strong performance in this week's Pocono 400 to reassert the team's climb up the point standings ladder.
There were two events in 2012 prior to Dover in which Cassill recorded a DNF. On each occasion, he rebounded the following week with a finish of at least seven positions better than the previous. After finishing 36th at Las Vegas as a result of an engine failure, Cassill scored a 29th place finish in the ensuing Bristol race. Cassill was involved in a wreck at Talladega and finished 34th. He drove to a 26th-place run in the next race at Darlington. The No. 83 team has proven that they can bounce back from adversity and hope to continue the trend this week.
Cassill has three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Pocono. His best finish came in last season's June event, which he finished in 24th place.
Cassill's crew chief, Doug Richert, has 26 visits to the 2.5-mile race track. He's led his drivers to one pole, six top-10s and four top-fives.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Landon Cassill heading into Pocono:
"Our weekend at Dover didn't go the way we hoped for. We were involved in a wreck and had to leave the race early. We had a really good car, too. I think we definitely had a top-25 coming our way. Instead, we finished outside the top-35. I know that the Burger King/Dr Pepper team can dig deep, though and get us climbing back up the point standings. We definitely won't let that slow us down. I'm sure we'll work harder than ever to prepare for Pocono.
"There are some changes coming our way at Pocono. For one, the track has new pavement. I'm really excited about that. I think it needed resurfacing and it's going to make for a great race. The track was worn and weathered. There was a lot of sliding around. There's going to be a lot more grip now and probably some more side-by-side racing than we've seen in the past. From what I've heard, it's pretty fast.
"This will be the first time that we've raced 400 miles. It's going to change the complexion of the race for sure. A bigger sense of urgency is going to kick in 100 miles sooner than last year. There won't be as many chances to adjust on your car. The new race length, the new surface, they're both going to speed things up this year."
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