Future uncertain for Cassill
made his final Nationwide Series start of the year for JR Motorsports at Phoenix, finishing sixth to equal his best effort of the season. In 19 starts, the 19-year-old posted five top-10 finishes.
Cassill hoped to run even more with the team next year, but his plans are now up in the air as the team has announced it will field the No. 5 Chevrolet in a partial schedule still to be determined due to a lack of sponsorship. At this point, the driver isn't sure what next year will bring.
"It's great to be working with JR Motorsports; they gave me a great opportunity [this season]," Cassill said at Phoenix. "The economy is tough right now, and everybody is kind of fighting to survive. I'm still working on some stuff for next year.
"The folks at Hendrick [Motorsports] are still trying to get me where I need to be, and I appreciate their support. We're just trying to work hard like everybody else."
He's not sure if there's a possibility to align with another team at this point, or if something will break to allow him to remain with JR Motorsports.
"We've got to look and see at the opportunities that are out there and see who's doing what with their teams and who has what sponsors," Cassill said. "It's just a tough situation for the entire sport -- not just us."
Jammed field for finale
There are 53 cars on the entry list for the Ford 300, including 1994 series champion David Green
entered in the No. 0 Chevrolet fielded by Davis Motorsports. Green has spent much of his time this year tutoring Landon Cassill and last started a race at Kentucky in June of 2007.
Kyle Busch will look for his record-setting 11th win in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota, while JGR development driver Marc Davis
will be in the No. 22 Dodge fielded by Fitz Motorsports. Denny Hamlin
will be in Braun Racing's No. 32 Toyota to end the season.