Cassill on Richmond"We practice, qualify and race all at different times at Richmond. So, you use experience to guide your adjustments and what you choose to do with your car. That track tends to be really fast when the sun goes down and really slick when the sun’s out. When we race there at night later in the year, the track frees up, but it has a lot more grip and it’s faster. But the tire falloff at Richmond during the day is a lot of fun.
"We've got The Pete Store on our No. 34 Fusion this week at Richmond. They're an important partner of ours -- our race haulers are pulled by Peterbilt trucks -- and they've got a couple stores in Virginia, one right in Richmond. It's always good to have them at the track with us."
Sunday, April 30, 10:20am - Ford Performance display (Richmond International Raceway Fan Zone)
STATESVILLE, N.C. (April 18, 2017) – Landon Cassill’s yellow and blue CSX “Play It Safe” Ford will have a splash of green added for Earth Day this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 34 Fusion will promote CSX’s “Trees for Tracks” program, in which the transportation company aims to plant 42,000 trees by 2018.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad initially launched “Trees for Tracks” in 2009 with the goal of planting 21,000 trees – one for every mile of its track in the United States. After reaching that milestone, CSX extended the effort by doubling its goal.
In addition to including “Trees for Tracks” messages on the No. 34 Ford, CSX will also produce a limited-edition Cassill autograph card printed on seed paper to promote tree planting. Like its safety campaign, the environmental initiative is a component of CSX’s “Beyond Our Rails” program, where the company and its employees work to create a positive influence in the communities where they live and work.
Together, Cassill, Front Row Motorsports and CSX are aiming to get NASCAR fans thinking green.
“This is a special weekend for CSX and the 34 team,” Cassill said. “Normally the safety message is our main focus when they’re on our car, and, of course, that’s still important. But this weekend, with it being Earth Day, we want to draw attention to CSX’s commitment to being green and saving trees. CSX employees, their families and partners have planted about 30,000 trees so far, which is amazing.”
Visit treesfortracks.org to track the progress on the number of trees planted as the company works towards its goal. To learn more about CSX’s “Beyond Our Rails” program, visit beyondourrails.org.
Cassill will be on track at Bristol Motor Speedway in the green-themed CSX “Play It Safe” Ford beginning Friday for practice and qualifying, with the Food City 500 scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. ET live on FOX.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the premier division of NASCAR competition. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by Tennessean Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries, the No. 34 of Landon Cassill and the No. 38 of David Ragan, from its Statesville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team’s partnership base includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love's Travel Stops and CSX Transportation. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on Twitter at @Team_FRM and on Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford
Started: 15th | Finished: 29th
"Our Love's Travel Stops Ford was great to start the race. I'm really proud of how we qualified, and we were able to pass some cars to get up into the top 10 at the beginning of the race. Unfortunately, we had a miscommunication with our teammate on pit road and we had a little contact after taking two tires. It affected the handling the rest of the race and it was tough to make up spots with the narrow groove after that. But I'm proud of what our 34 team brought this weekend and it's going to help us when we come back next time."
Cassill on Texas"Texas is always fun. Fresh pavement on that place should be really interesting. The track was really fast even with the old pavement. I spoke with Marcus Smith a few weeks ago, and he seemed really excited about the new configuration. It will be interesting to see how it changes what the drivers do off of Turn 2. But I think the new pavement itself is going to have a pretty big effect.
"Texas is a big race for Love’s Travel Stops. It's their home track. We’re going to have an appearance on Saturday afternoon at their Rhome store right down the road from the track. And we always have fun on the live channels of social media when it involves a Love’s store with the employees and customers. So I’m looking forward to seeing what comes with this upcoming Texas visit."
Saturday, April 8, 2pm - Love's Travel Stops (4800 Highway 114, Rhome)
No. 34 Fr8Auctions Ford
Started: 27th | Finished: 27th
"I think our car was OK. It wasn’t quite the car we needed to be really aggressive like you need to be at Martinsville. We had an engine issue and it put me in a hole every time there was a restart. Otherwise, the Fr8Auctions team did a good job under the circumstances and fought hard all day long. We'll work hard on our car to improve for next time."
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