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Gunnair @ Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:32 am


Year in review - Landon Cassil

2012 Ride: No. 83 BK Racing Toyota Camry
2012 Primary Sponsor: Burger King/Dr. Pepper
2012 Car Owners: Ron Devine & Wayne Press
2012 Crew Chief: Doug Richert
2012 Stats: 36 races, 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 0 top 10s, 4 DNFs, 31st in Points.
Best Finish: 18th, three times (Charlotte-1, Michigan-1, Kansas-2).
Average Finish: 27.5.
Average Start: 29.0.

Landon Cassill’s 2012 ride
2012 Team Ranking: 2nd of 2. It’s probably a bit unfair to say that the No. 83 team was the worse of the two cars at BK Racing given how close together the two squads ran all year. However, Travis Kvapil and the No. 93 Toyota was just a tick better than Cassill’s team as a whole in 2012.
High Point: Considering that Landon Cassill was rideless and overlooked this time last year, the very fact that the young Iowa native got a steady ride for 2012 has to be a high point in and of itself. But Cassill did not just rest on his laurels after landing what was arguably the biggest break of his career. He and the promising upstart BK Racing team raised many eyebrows in 2012, culminating in a trio of respectable 18th place runs at Charlotte, Michigan, and Kansas. Cassill proved himself to many observers by consistently taking care of his equipment and performing admirably in cars that are just a tick above subpar.
Low Point: The June race at Pocono was the lowest point of Landon Cassill’s season. After qualifying well and putting the car on the inside of Row 8 on the starting grid, Cassill got a bit too eager in turn 3 on the first lap of the race and lost control of his Burger King Racing No. 83 machine. Cassill ended up taking out three other cars in the process, angering many veterans who felt that the young driver was pushing just a bit too hard early on in the race. The wreck came at a time of relative uncertainty for BK Racing, as many in the garage were doubtful about the team’s long-term viability in the sport, and Cassill’s blunder certainly didn’t help.

Summary: Despite a few bumps in the road, Landon Cassill performed admirably in 2012. It’s no secret that the Triad engines in Cassill’s BK Racing cars are heavily underpowered (there have been estimates that they are down as much as 80 HP), thus making what he and teammate Travis Kvapil did this season that much more impressive. Solid runs at places like Charlotte, Kansas, and Michigan serve as a testament to the improvement of both Cassill and his race team, and they should only get better if they stick together. By approaching each race with a cool and workmanlike attitude, Cassill (along with teammate Kvapil) helped elevate the ragtag BK Racing group into a bona fide fringe-level competitive team capable of hanging with the likes of Richard Petty Motorsports and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Not bad for a team that only came together two weeks before the Daytona 500.
2013 Outlook: Hard to say at this point. BK Racing has not fully announced what their 2013 plans are, but most indications seem to suggest Cassill will be back. Assuming a full return in 2013, look for this organization to improve even more, perhaps even flirting with a top-25 finish in points.
2011 Grade: N/A.
2012 Grade: C+.
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Best moment - Danica Patrick puts herself into a wall after trying to take Landon out! :lol:


Gunnair @ Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:43 pm

Idle Thoughts: Best (and worst) races of 2012
By Pete Pistone | NASCAR Blogger
December 26, 2012 12:47 pm ET

Marcos Ambrose prevailed in a wild finish at Watkins Glen, which was the best race of the season. (Getty Images)

The 2013 NASCAR season is rapidly approaching. Teams are already hard at work developing the new Sprint Cup Series cars in preparation for its official on track debut at Daytona's Speedweeks next February.

But before we finally close the book on the 2012 campaign, let's remember these standout events as well as a few less than memorable races from the year gone by:

Watkins Glen Int'l - August 12

One of NASCAR's best finishes of any series in recent history. With fluid on the track from a blown engine, officials swallowed the whistle and let the drivers battle it out among themselves to the checkered flag with Marcos Ambrose prevailing over Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch in thrilling fashion.

Daytona 500 - February 27

A rain delay pushed "The Great American Race" into a prime-time Monday night slot. Before it was over a jet dryer fire courtesy of Juan Pablo Montoya, Brad Keselowski's red flag tweets and Matt Kenseth's dramatic win put NASCAR in the national spotlight.

Phoenix Int'l Raceway - November 11

Kevin Harvick ending his long winless drought was back page news after an afternoon of high emotion and championship implications. Jimmie Johnson hit the wall, Brad Keselowski survived to finish seventh and Jeff Gordon paid back Clint Bowyer on track to spark a brawl between crews in the garage area. Once again the country was talking NASCAR, if not for all the right reasons.

Bristol Motor Speedway - August 25

The reconfigured Bristol delivered what some fans felt was lacking from the track's new design. Caution flags, accidents and high emotions including Tony Stewart throwing his helmet at Matt Kenseth's car puncutated the summer night under the Tennessee summer stars.

Homestead-Miami Speedway - November 18

Not as enthralling as the 2011 season finale between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards but pretty doggone entertaining in its own right. Brad Keselowski nearly had the title snatched away by Jimmie Johnson until a mechanical problems ended the 48 team's day and paved the way for Roger Penske to hoist his first career Sprint Cup championship trophy.

Least Memorable Race of the Year

Texas Motor Speedway - April 15

Not much happened in the Lone Star State during the annual spring visit to TMS. A mostly single file parade as drivers battled high winds and aero issues before Greg Biffle finally went to Victory Lane.

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