Front Row Motorsports NASCAR team explains decision to drop Landon Cassill

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A significant shake-up could be looming on the horizon for the Front Row Motorsports NASCAR team.

The decision to split with Landon Cassill after the 2017 season surprised many inside the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. After all, the team had in Cassill a popular 28-year-old with a decade’s worth of experience in the highest level in the sport.

He was a former Hendrick Motorsports development driver who has long been praised for working with sponsors and getting the most out of his equipment.

But on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, Front Row Motorsports general manager Jerry Freeze told a small group of reporters that this could be the first of several decisions to change the overall dynamic of the midtier program.

“As it concerns Landon, we’re just trying to improve our program and thought we had some opportunities that would put us in a better place,”

Freeze said. “It was looking like there wasn’t going to be an opportunity for Landon for next year, so we wanted to be fair to him and let him know that as soon as we could.”

Cassill said last week that he was notified over the phone that he was being let go due to “radical changes” coming to the team next year. But Freeze suggested that might have been a somewhat aggressive categorization.

“Radical was his word, not mine,” Freeze said. “Bob (Jenkins, team owner) has really challenged us since the start of the year that he wants to be better than a 30th- to 32nd-place race team, so we’re looking at the whole thing to try to improve it. I could see a lot of things staying the same with some tweaks here and there or I could see possibly some other changes throughout our organization — me included.

“There’s a lot of cards still left to be dealt and try to figure out what’s going to put us in the best place competitively as an organization. So I don’t know. There may be more changes to come with some of the folks we got…

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