Landon Cassill and Circle Sport should reunite for 2018
By John Haverlin
December 21, 2017
Joe Falk needs a driver, and Landon Cassill needs a ride.
Falk, the owner of Circle Sport, ended his team’s partnership with The Motorsports Group earlier this month. Circle Sport and TMG merged before the 2017 NASCAR campaign to field the No. 33 Chevrolet for Jeffrey Earnhardt.
Cassill, who drove for Front Row Motorsports the last two seasons, won’t return next year. He’s been searching for a 2018 ride since October.
Falk and Cassill have previously worked together. From 2013 to 2015, Cassill raced Falk’s cars, including the Circle Sport No. 33 and the No. 40, which was co-owned by Falk and Mike Hillman.
Earnhardt’s contract was terminated as a result of the Circle Sport - TMG separation, so the No. 33 is currently without a driver. Circle Sport has a charter, so Falk’s entry will be guaranteed in every race. Assuming Falk doesn’t plan to create another merger with a new team, he only requires a driver and sponsorship.
Cassill has expressed his desire to race via social media, primarily with comical tweets and memes. He’s grown a cult following on Twitter, and according to his tweets, fans often ask what he’s willing to drive next year. Cassill says he’s open to competing in an XFINITY Series car, a truck, or even a hot dog.
The Silly Season is full-fledged with teams bringing aboard new drivers and sponsors. If Cassill wants to stay in NASCAR’s premier series, is there any reason a reunion with Falk can’t be the solution?
It’s just a thought, and there’s no evidence to support this idea. But it seems like a reasonable match. It isn’t a step upward for Cassill, who’s journeyman career has landed him seats in many of NASCAR’s backmarker Cup teams.
But at least he’d be able to race and earn a paycheck doing what he loves.
DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
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