Landon Cassill has spent eight years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but the road to where he is today was a long and tough road. Despite the road being tough, Cassill still has the same humor and wit as when he came into the sport, but is still humble.
Cassill believes his biggest challenge in becoming a professional race car driver was remaining disciplined. That discipline has moved into every aspect of his life from being a father and husband and balancing that with being a driver.
Over the course of his Cup career, Cassill has been with second-tier teams not running up front, but that has not become what drives him today. What drives Cassill is the “my plan and my agenda and my schedule and my goals and knowing that I’m doing everything I can to be the best professional race car driver I can be for my car owner, who hired me to do this job, my sponsors who essentially hired me to do this job, and my family who is relying on me to provide for them.” Cassill believes that helps him have high confidence with his career.
Despite being an eight-year veteran, Cassill feels pretty young in his career because he started out start-and-parking and testing cars for organizations. Cassill feels like this puts him in an unique position because he has “a lot of experience and I’m just kind of cresting that edge of, ‘OK, we’re gonna figure out how to win races,’ because for the first few years of my Cup career it wasn’t really how are we gonna win races, it was how am I gonna get myself onto the race track and who am I gonna be doing it with.”
Cassill believes that 2017 will require “hard work”, especially with this new format. He believes that being one of the “outliers” in this format because “our points position is higher than maybe our average finish – where we can kind of leapfrog some guys because we use strategy midway through these races to collect six or eight or 10 points at a time.”
Cassill feels like being a NASCAR driver is the “first stage” of his life. Cassill is content and excited for the rest of his career, and what his career after being a race car driver holds whether it is selling cars with his dad or the continuation of playing a role in the industry.