Career bests for Circle Sport Racing drivers
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Landon Cassill (40) runs side-by-side with Clint Bowyer on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday. Cassill finished fourth.
While Brad Keselowski scored his sixth win of 2014, teammates Landon Cassill and Travis Kvapil both scored the best finishes of their career Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Cassill and Kvapil finished fourth and sixth respectively at the 2.66 mile track. Cassill scored his first top-ten of 2014 and his career while Kvapil tied his career best.
“We wanted to win this race,” Cassill said post-race. “We came here to win it. My team deserves it. Carsforsale.com deserves it. We don't have a lot to work with. But what we do work with, we set out to run good at these four superspeedway races, and we proved that this year. Fourth place is just amazing.”
Cassill’s three best finishes of 2014 have all been at restrictor plate races, including Sunday’s effort. Cassill was the best finishing Chevrolet driver with a shot of winning the race on the last lap.
“The only scenario that I was aware of was the No. 2 and the No. 48,” Cassill said. “I know the No. 20 had a lot of pressure but these guys build these cars for Hillman-Circle Racing, and we are out here to win. Today we came one step closer to that.”
The race weekend was also statistically the best race for Circle Sport Racing and team owner Joesph Falk. In eight seasons as an owner, Falk had two top-ten finishes in 174 starts entering Sunday’s race.
With Falk returning as an owner in 2011 after an 11 year absence, the two finishes at Talladega are the best for his team in his second stint.
For Kvapil, the top-ten is his first in two seasons and eighth of his career. He managed to qualify his unsponsored No. 33 car seventh on Saturday, his best starting position since sitting on pole at the Fall 2008 Talladega race.
Kvapil ran on the lead lap and inside the top-ten for much of the race. While Kvapil wasn’t reach for immediate comment, the driver talked on social media about his race.
“We definitely had a few things go our way today,” he tweeted post-race.