By Jason Feldman
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
Landon Cassill is no stranger to this part of the country.
The budding NASCAR star grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and cut his racing teeth on four-wheeler and kart racing in his home state before he started Kindergarten.
Now, at just 19 years old, Cassill is among the up-and-comers in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, driving the No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. He also has served as a test driver for the research and development program at Hendrick Motorsports.
Cassill officially agreed last week to battle with Kevin Harvick — as well as top local modified drivers and drivers from the USMTS — on Sept. 17 at Deer Creek Speedway, as part of the Night of Victory 20-lap shootout.
The Night of Victory will be healdined by Sprint Cup star Harvick. All events at DCSthat night will help to raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.
The VJGC was opened in June of 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty. The camp has 44 racing-themed buildings and provides activities for children ages 7-15 with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses.
Cassill has started 11 Nationwide races this season as a rookie, collecting three top-10 finishes and starting on the pole for the Camping World RV 200 on June 28 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Landon’s brother, Zac, is a semi-professional angler in the Bass Fishing League and is a student at Winona State University.
Cassill’s best finish this season in a Nationwide race came last Saturday at the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., when he finished sixth.
Ticket information for the Night of Victory can be found on Deer Creek Speedway’s web site (deercreekspeedway.com) or the Night of Victory web site (nightofvictory.com).
Speed bumps ...
Midwest Racing Connection magazine reported in its most recent issue that Elko Speedway will put dirt down over its asphalt surface for one week next summer in order to bring in a sprint car series. Elko Speedway owner Tom Ryan told MRC that he is attempting to bring the World of Outlaws sprint cars series, and possibly the WoO Late Models Series, to Elko in late June or July. Ryan said Elko will need to bring in about 3,000 yards of clay and it will cost about $20,000 to bring the dirt in, put it down, then haul it away. ... The 21st annual USA Nationals are scheduled for July 31, Aug. 1-2, at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. WDRL Late Models will have a $5,000-to-win AMain on July 31, and NASCAR Late Models will compete over the final two days. The A Main on Aug. 2 will pay $50,000 to the winner.