An appropriate addendum to “Ford Wednesday” on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour was the announcement that Landon Cassill will join Front Row Motorsports as the driver of the No. 38 Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, competing alongside rookie teammate and defending NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chris Buescher.
Cassill, who won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2008, already has 187 Sprint Cup starts to his credit, with his best finish a fourth at Talladega — the same track where Front Row won its only Sprint Cup race to date (2013 with driver David Ragan).
“It was really great to see a lot of smiling faces when I went to the shop, when they found out I was going to be the driver,” Cassill said on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “I’m really proud that I can bring some energy to the team.”
Front Row will have a strong alliance with Roush Fenway Racing, which owns Buescher’s contract and has a vested interest in his development as a Cup driver. The relationship with RFR should benefit Cassill’s effort, too.
“I’m really excited to work with (Buescher) and kind of see how they work at Roush,” said Cassill, who drove for Hillman Racing last year. “I think (the Roush effect) is going to be a huge step, and I don’t know whether it’s going to be instantaneous or whether it’s going to take time, but there’s absolutely no doubt that it’s going to be better, because they have more tools.
“You can draw a line down the middle of the paper and see where it’s going to be a better deal.”