Charlotte Motor Speedway keeps getting better and better for Landon Cassill, driver of the No. 83 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota. In each of his four Cup Series starts, his finish has improved with every race. In his first event at the 1.5-mile oval (2010), he captured 42nd place. Since then, he has finished 35th, 28th and most recently, 18th. Cassill looks to continue the trend in this weekend's Bank of America 500.
In three of the last four races at 1.5-mile ovals, Cassill has finished inside the top 25. His best performance was his 18th-place run at Charlotte.
Doug Richert, crew chief of the No. 83 team, has called 29 Cup Series races at Charlotte. He's produced one win (1980), four top-fives and seven top-10 finishes.
Rick's Specialty Vehicles will be on Cassill's car as a new associate sponsor this week at Charlotte. Rick's Specialty Vehicles introduced the CRICKET ESV, which was the world's first ultra-portable electric sport vehicle. Most recently they developed the totally-new CRICKET SW3-with its standard sport steering wheel, convenient accelerator pedal, and rear shocks- was designed as a more traditional alternative to the original CRICKET ESV's tiller steering and handlebar throttle and brake controls.
Comments from BK Racing Driver Landon Cassill heading into Charlotte:
"Charlotte was one of our best finishes of the year. It was our first top-20 at an intermediate track. We've also had good runs at Kentucky and Atlanta this season, so I feel pretty good about returning to Charlotte. We've got a good starting point to build on and good notes from other tracks to reference, so I think it could be a strong weekend for us.
"Our last race at Charlotte was 100 miles longer than what we'll run this week. We won't have as many opportunities for adjustments. I think there's a little more urgency to get towards the front. The track will probably start out cooler, too. You won't see the track conditions change quite as much as they do during the 600-mile race, but we'll still need a good amount of adjustability built into the setup.
"I think that we have potential to do really well in these last few races of the season. They're all tracks that we should be really competitive at. As the year winds down, it's important for us to get the most out of each weekend and learn as much as we can. We want to position ourselves to hit the ground running in 2013 and the best way to do that is have solid performances to learn from."
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