Cassill joins Circle Sport's No. 33 team

Circle Sport announced Thursday that Landon Cassill has joined the team to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition this year, beginning with Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping advance Circle Sport to the next level of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” Cassill said. “I have been a part of an understand what it takes for an upstart organization to compete in the Cup Series.”

The Phoenix race will be Cassill’s first of the year, despite the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season getting underway last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Last year, Cassill raced full-time in the series for BK Racing in its first year of Sprint Cup competition.

“They (Circle Sport) have an established relationship with RCR (Richard Childress Racing) that I believe will help us, and with the right marketing partners — a company that wants to grow their involvement in the sport — I believe we have just the right opportunity for them with the No. 33 Chevrolet.”

Prior to 2012, the No. 33 entry was a Richard Childress Racing entry, but car owner Richard Childress sold the assets of the No. 33 to Joe Falk, who formed Circle Sport, early in 2012. Childress’ grandson and NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, Austin Dillon, raced the No. 33 in the 2013 season-opening Daytona 500.

“Landon has a tremendous amount of potential, and we believe we’re building a program that will allow him to showcase his talents,” Falk said. “He has driven for the likes of Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and we feel that his experience will help our transition to the new Gen-6 car.”

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