Local team set for NASCAR debut

LONG POND, Pa. (WAVY) – Just days after announcing their partnership on Thursday in Virginia Beach, driver Landon Cassill, owner Joe Falk and sponsor Jimmy Rodgers are ready to debut their 40 car on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit at Pocono Raceway.

Rodgers owns the Virginai Beach-based Newtown Building Supplies, while Falk is a Chesapeake business man who first fielded a car at the 1998 Daytona 500. Both feel like they have the right guy driving the car, given the fact he spent five years as a test car driver for 6-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

“I’ve never had that golden opportunity in a top-notch, race-winning ride, but I’ve been a test-driver for those,” said Cassill from his garage in Concord, North Carolina on Wednesday, “I’ve had a chance to work behind the scenes at a championship organization. Like I’ve said, I have championship rings myself.

“When I go to other teams, I have that on my resume. I can say, ‘It was good enough for Hendrick (Motor Sports), and hopefully it’s good enough for you guys.”

Hopefully, it might be good enough for Falk and Rodgers, who has guaranteed Cassill 10 races, starting on Sunday. Cassill’s best finish this season was 11 at Talladega, while he also finished 12 at the Daytona 500.

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