#40 Team News Archive

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2016 News

  • Premium Motorsports signs Cole Whitt to drive the #98: Premium Motorsports announced it has signed Cole Whitt to drive the #98 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. The 24-year-old Whitt, who will be entering his third full season in the premier Sprint Cup Series, finished 31st in driver points each of his first two seasons. "We believe Cole is an accomplished young driver who drives aggressively, yet smart," team owner Jay Robinson said. "He's a great fit for our team as we look to improve our competitiveness in the Sprint Cup Series." This off season, Premium Motorsports made several strategic moves to upgrade the team and its race cars. On the competition side, Premium acquired additional updated equipment along with hiring Mike Hillman to fill the role of competition director and Mark Hillman to serve as crew chief. Mike and Mark join team manager Scott Eggleston along with owner Jay Robinson to round out the Premium Motorsports management team.
    "Jay and the crew at Premium Motorsports impressed me with their vision for the future and commitment to making the #98 car competitive week in and week out," said Whitt. "I look forward to being a big part of the family atmosphere at Premium and having a successful start at the Daytona 500 in a few weeks." Many of Whitt's previous partners (sponsors) in the Sprint Cup Series the past two years are expected to support him again in 2016 at Premium. More details regarding car sponsors will be released at a further date.(Premium Motorsports)(2-2-2016)

  • Cassill to Front Row Motorsports UPDATE: hearing that Landon Cassill is close to signing to drive the #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford, bringing Snap Fitness as a sponsor for a few races. Cassill raced the #40 Chevy for Hillman Racing in 2015. Hillman Racing was recently bought out by Premium Motorsports, with the intent of using the #40 owners points and running one full time team in 2016. Front Row Motorsports is looking like it will scale back from three teams (#34, #35 and #38 Fords) to two teams. Chris Buescher will run the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford in 2016.(1-18-2016)
    UPDATE: Six-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Landon Cassill will join the Front Row Motorsports line-up to drive the #38 Ford for the 2016 season. The 26-year-old Cassill has 187 Sprint Cup starts under his belt, most recently competing for Hillman Racing in 2015. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native has raced in all three of NASCAR's national series, earning XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2008. Cassill will join rookie teammate #34-Chris Buescher at Front Row Motorsports, which will field two full-time Sprint Cup entries in 2016. "I feel like Front Row Motorsports is a great fit for me," Cassill said. "I've got several years of experience in the series now, and being a part of this team will help me take the next step in my career. I'm grateful to Bob Jenkins and Ford Motor Company for the opportunity and can't wait to get in the car." Cassill's Sprint Cup career-best finish is a fourth-place run at Talladega Superspeedway (2014), a track where Front Row Motorsports has also excelled. "We've always been impressed with Landon and what he can do behind the wheel," said team owner Bob Jenkins. "He's got a lot of natural talent. You could see that at every level of racing he's competed in throughout his career. We're happy to have that talent in one of our race cars this year." Sponsorship programs for the #38 team will be announced soon.(FRM)(1-20-2016)

  • Premium Motorsports hires most of Hillman Racing staff, purchases cars and equipment UPDATE: Premium Motorsports [#62 team] announced that the team has hired Mike Hillman to head up its NASCAR Sprint Cup operation for 2016. The deal also includes the hiring of Crew Chief, Mark Hillman, along with most of the staff from the #40 team that competed in the 2015 season. Team owner Jay Robinson announced that with increased competition within the racing industry, "We had to upgrade our team moving forward and that included Mike Hillman, select key personnel and the purchase of additional cars and equipment. The racing bar is being raised even higher and this effort will enable us to commit more resources and become more competitive for 2016". The team expects to make driver and additional sponsor announcements in the coming days.(Premium Motorsports)(1-5-2016)
    UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass tweeted that "Jay Robinson (Premium Motorspots) plans to field 1 full-time Cup car, 1 part-time Cup car next year. The #94 truck is TBD."
    AND "while nothing is set in stone, the last I had heard was to expect Premium Motorsports to have one charter." [under the proposed Sprint Cup charter system].(1-6-2016)

2015 News

  • 2015 Races [8] that Carsforsale.com is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Daytona - 2/22
    Las Vegas - 3/8
    Kansas - 5/9
    Michigan - 6/14
    Bristol - 8/22
    Charlotte - 10/10, pink, National Breast Cancer Awareness
    Kansas - 10/18, pink, National Breast Cancer Awareness
    Talladega - 10/25

  • 2015 Races [6+1] that Snap Fitness is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Atlanta - 3/1
    Charlotte, Showdown - 5/15
    Charlotte - 5/24, red, white & blue scheme
    Daytona - 7/5 (added), red, white & blue scheme
    Michigan - 8/16
    Darlington - 9/6
    Homestead - 11/22, red, white & blue scheme

  • 2015 Races [7] that CRC Industries is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Phoenix - 3/15, 1-Tank Power Renew
    Texas - 4/11, Knock'er Loose
    Dover - 5/31, Brakleen
    Kentucky - 7/11, Brakleen
    Chicago - 9/20, Knock'er Loose
    Dover - 10/4, Brakleen
    Texas - 11/8, K&W Fiberlock, w/O'Reilly Auto Parts

  • 2015 Races [1] that Newtown Building Supplies is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Martinsville - 3/29

  • 2015 Races that Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Bristol - 4/19

  • 2015 Races that Interstate Moving Services was the primary sponsor:
    Pocono - 6/7
    New Hampshire - 9/27, w/Precon
    Phoenix - 11/15

  • 2015 Races that Hillman Automotive was the primary sponsor:
    Watkins Glen - 8/9

  • 2015 Races that K&W FIBERLOCK was the primary sponsor:
    Texas - 11/8

  • Snap Fitness and Landon Cassill prepare for final 2015 race: Snap Fitness will run its eye-catching American flag collage paint scheme on the #40 car for a final time this season in the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 22. With Landon Cassill behind the wheel, America's Fitness Brand looks to cap off a successful 2015 sponsorship with a strong finish at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It's been another outstanding year working with Landon and seeing how NASCAR has revved up our brand," Chief Marketing Officer Steele Smiley said. "This sponsorship provided us with a major platform to reach millions of potential Snap Fitness members."
    "It's important to find a sponsor who shares the same values as you. I love that I'm able to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle with an internationally-recognized 24/7 fitness provider," Cassill said. "I'm hoping for a great race to wrap up the year with Snap Fitness." Snap Fitness will have live race weekend coverage on its social media accounts. To watch all the action unfold, follow Snap Fitness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.(Hillman Racing), see images of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(11-18-2015)

  • K&W FIBERLOCK featured on the #40 at Texas: CRC Industries, the worldwide leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the maintenance and repair professional and do-it-yourselfer, will partner with O'Reilly Auto Parts to promote K&W FIBERLOCK Head Gasket & Block Repair, with Landon Cassill driving the distinctive green #40 CRC/O'Reilly Auto Parts Chevy SS in Sunday's AAA Texas 500. As part of a nationwide in-store promotion on CRC products at all O'Reilly Auto Parts stores through November 23rd, widely-accepted cooling system additive K&W FIBERLOCK will be prominently displayed on the Hillman Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup entry. Easy to use, K&W FIBERLOCK does not require the user to drain the cooling system first unlike many other cooling system repair additives on the market today. Just pour and go.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(11-7-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com returns to the #40 at Dega: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, will make its eighth appearance of the season with driver Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 on October 25, 2015. "We finished fourth last fall at Talladega - which was a career-best for myself and Hillman Racing - and we were able to carry that momentum into the off-season, so we're looking for another strong run this weekend," said Landon Cassill. "Carsforsale.com is a great partner of Hillman Racing and we definitely want to put on a good show for them in their last race of the season." With a dealership network of over 20,000 nationwide, Carsforsale.com provides consumers with an efficient platform for researching and buying their next vehicle. The Carsforsale.com product suite also provides dealerships with effective marketing solutions including dealer websites, lead and data management, and reporting.(Hillman Racing)(10-22-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com returns to the #40 at Kansas: Following a successful 23rd-place finish in last weekend's 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, driver Landon Cassill will once again fly the Carsforsale.com colors on his pink #40 Hillman Racing Chevy SS in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. With the addition of the race at Kansas, Carsforsale.com is at the midpoint of a three-race, consecutive sponsorship run that concludes with next weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway, where Cassill posted a career-best fourth place finish last fall. Carsforsale.com provides over 20,000 dealerships across the nation with a full suite of online marketing solutions including dealer websites, lead and data management, and reporting. As one of the largest automotive classifieds websites, Carsforsale.com also provides an effective way to connect buyers searching for new and used vehicles with sellers.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(10-16-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com goes pink with Cassill at Charlotte: The familiar yellow #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy will be going pink this weekend in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as they sponsor Landon Cassill and the Hillman Racing team. Cassill will pilot the pink #40 Hillman Racing entry at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. "The familiar yellow Carsforsale.com Chevy SS will have a new look at Charlotte this weekend," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "Cancer touches so many lives and we are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness with Hillman Racing, Landon Cassill, and the pink Carsforsale.com Chevy SS."
    "We're proud of our association with Carsforsale.com and seeing them support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by going pink at Charlotte is just the latest example," said Cassill. "I grew up racing on Saturday nights under the lights so a Saturday night race in The Chase is something to look forward to as we close in on the end of the season." As one of the largest automotive classifieds websites, Carsforsale.com provides consumers a feature-rich experience when searching for new and used vehicles online. In addition to connecting buyers with over 20,000 dealerships nationwide, Carsforsale.com offers a full suite of marketing solutions to car dealers including websites, lead and data management, and robust reporting.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(10-8-2015)

  • Cassill and Wise racing...in Ironman World Championship UPDATE: A weekend off is just another chance for Landon Cassill and Josh Wise to race. While fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors relax on a beach, some other exotic locale or at home this weekend, Cassill and Wise will compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria. There will be little time for sightseeing, even though this is Cassill's first trip to Europe. The race, held Sunday and shown on NBCSN later this year, is half the distance of a full Ironman triathlon with a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Cassill attempted to qualify for the world championship in June at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, but his time of 4 hours, 47 minutes - hindered by cramping during the run - was not good enough to do so. Wise and Cassill's dad each qualified for Austria at that event. That led to Cassill competing in a half Ironman the day of the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in July. He drove in the Xfinity race the night before, flew to Muncie, Ind., got a couple of hours of sleep, competed in the event and then drove in the Cup race that night, finishing 28th. His time of 4:36.44 at Muncie - a personal best - placed him high enough to qualify for the world championships, which is expected to have about 2,700 athletes from more than 70 countries. Cassill says that if he can finish in 4:30, he believes he could place in the top 75. Another goal is to be in the top 20 after the swim because he says that has been his strong point. He's hoping to run the half marathon in about 90-95 minutes.(NBC Sports)(8-28-2015)
    UPDATE: Casill and Wise completed the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria within 6 minutes of one another.
    The results for Landon Cassill: 103rd in the male 25-29 division, 867th overall, total time 5:06:04 (27:50 swim, 2:37:47bike, 1:51:32 run)
    The results for Josh Wise: 180th in the male 30-34 division, 1016th overall, total time 5:12:04 (30:38 swim, 2:39:54 bike, 1:52:26 run)
    Wise posted a photo to Instagram and said, "Was somehow smiling at this point. I somehow saved one of my worst performances for the Worlds! That climb over the alps was nasty! I knew I was in trouble when I crested the top of the mountain and my quads went into full cramp! Made for a LONG 13 mile run...Congrats to my buddy [Landon Cassill] as well. We have come a long way in this".(8-31-2015)

  • Darlington throwback scheme for Hillman Racing: While other sponsors are bringing back their "old school" logos and designs for the Bojangles' Southern 500, Snap Fitness is paying homage to an iconic car: Sterling Marlin's 2001 "God Bless America" paint scheme. Marlin's paint scheme ran for the first time in the 2001 Protection One 400, which took place a few weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The paint scheme for the most part stays true to the original car run by Marlin with two patriotic phrases around the car: "Proud to be an American" on the back quarter panels and "God Bless America" on the back rear. Snap Fitness added to the design with "9/11 Never Forget" on top of the trunk, complete with a skyline showcasing the Twin Towers. This isn't the first time Snap Fitness has showed its patriotism. All summer long, America's Fitness Brand has run a campaign to benefit Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to families of fallen soldiers.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(8-26-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com sponsors #40 at Bristol: The Carsforsale.com #40 Chevy, Hillman Racing and driver Landon Cassill will team up again at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol. This will be the online automotive website's first appearance at the famous track. "Night races are always exciting for Carsforsale.com," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "We are excited to be at Bristol for the first time and to see all of what Thunder Valley has to offer. We're anticipating a great performance by the Carsforsale.com Chevrolet SS, Landon, and the Hillman Racing team."
    "The night race at Bristol is one of the most exciting of the year," said Landon Cassill. "Racing under the lights adds a whole another level of energy that helps fuel the drivers for 500 laps. We're really looking forward to getting the Carsforsale.com Chevrolet up front on Saturday night." Carsforsale.com provides consumers an easy and feature-rich shopping experience when searching for new and used vehicles online.(Mike Hillman Racing), see images of the car on the #40 Team Schemes page.(8-22-2015)

  • Hillman Automotive featured on the #40 at Watkins Glen: NASCAR is known for its famous families. From the founding France family to driver families like the Pettys and Allisons, and even owner and crew chief combinations such as the Wood Brothers and Yates, NASCAR racing has long been a family tradition. That same family tradition will be celebrated this weekend at Watkins Glen International with Hillman Racing and its #40 Sprint Cup Series organization. Team owner Mike Hillman Sr. is a three-time NASCAR championship crew chief, and his sons Mike Hillman Jr. and Mark Hillman have both served as crew chiefs under the elder Hillman's leadership. In Lockport, N.Y., the roots of the Hillman family, his brothers David and Ronald, are owners of the family-run business, Hillman Automotive & Tire. For a family with an automotive background, it all came together this week when Mike Hillman Sr. traveled to upstate New York on Wednesday night to be inducted into the Northeast Modified Hall of Fame and then made the short trip to Watkins Glen on Friday where he unveiled the #40 Hillman Automotive & Tire Chevy SS that will be driven by Landon Cassill in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. In addition to the Hillman Automotive and Tire livery this weekend, the #40 will carry a special decal commemorating Mike Hillman Sr.'s induction into the Hall of Fame in Weedsport, N.Y., on the lower quarter panel in Sunday's 90-lap road course event.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(8-9-2015)

  • Heat a factor with Indy rules package: #18-Kyle Busch continued his hot streak with a win at Indy. Busch and the rest of the field were all full of hot air at the Brickyard. The cars were extremely hot inside the cockpit because the aerodynamic package trapped air inside. Busch was one of many drivers physically drained following Saturday's race, and Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway seemed to have the same consequence. This same rules package is scheduled to be used next month at Michigan. "I got a huge blister on my foot," Logano said. "I think the extended bumper cover on the back of these things doesn't let the airflow underneath the car like it used to without it, and I think it builds the inside temperature up. I've got sweat in my eyes. It's just too hot inside those cars." Teams had their choice to seal openings in the window used for hoses that supply air to the driver. With the window sealed, the car would have the needed downforce for the package used at Indy. The drivers paid for it with a sweaty Sunday. #40-Landon Cassill held his own "science experiment" and weighed himself before and after the race. His pre-race weight was 155.4 pounds. Cassill, who said he consumed 110 ounces of fluids and 1,100 calories, weighed 147.4 pounds after the race. "That's a 10% gross loss of body weight, getting it back to 5% with fluid replacement. I think I'd like to see closer to 3%," he tweeted. He also tweeted: "few more stats from the 110oz of fluids I took in...1,100 Cal, 1,978mg of sodium, 264g Carbs, 572mg Potassium."(Associated Press)(7-27-2015)

  • Snap Fitness comes aboard to sponsor Cassill at Daytona: Snap Fitness will be the primary sponsor of the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy for Landon Cassill at Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. The #40 Snap Fitness Chevy will run the same patriotic paint scheme for the July 4th holiday weekend as it did for Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte in May (Hillman Racing Twitter)(7-2-2015) UPDATE: After making a huge splash during the Coca-Cola 600, Snap Fitness will have its American flag collage filled with thousands of club owners, personal trainers, and members featured on Landon Cassill's #40 Hillman Racing car in the Coke Zero 400. "We are thrilled to have Snap Nation back on Landon's car for this weekend's Fourth of July holiday race," Steele Smiley, Chief Officer responsible for brand strategy, said. "As America's Fitness Brand, it's fantastic that we can show our pride for this country with thousands of people featured on the car as Landon speeds around the race track. He will have Snap Nation supporting him on all sides."
    This isn't the only way Snap Fitness is displaying pride for the country this summer. America's Fitness Brand is honoring every-day patriots through its "Snap Serves" campaign. For every 30-day trial pass purchased through Labor Day, Snap Fitness will donate $1 to Folds of Honor, a foundation that provides scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in active duty. To kick off the big weekend, Cassill will be taking over the Snap Fitness Twitter account Friday, July 3. Snap Fitness will also have live coverage this on its social media accounts, including Periscopes. To watch all the action unfold, follow Snap Fitness on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.(Hillman Racing), see images of the car/scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(7-4-2015)

  • #55 crewman and Cassill to run in Ironman race in Canada: #55 Michael Waltrip crewman and gym strength trainer Blake Haugland heads to Quebec Canada to compete in another Ironman Competition on his off week from his rear tire carrier position on the #55 Toyota. This is the first race of 2015 Haugland will be racing with Smile Train's Team Empower. The IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 70.3 will be held June 21st in Mont Tremblant Canada. Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Haugland has a goal to raise $10,000 as a team and $2.500 individually by race day with a 2nd goal in mind of raising enough money to provide surgery for 70 children to match the 70 mile race.
    AND Landon Cassill, driver of the #40 Chevy in Sprint Cup Series, will also run the IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 70.3.(6-20-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com returns to the #40 at Michigan: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, will make their fourth appearance as the primary sponsor of the # 40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS and NASCAR driver Landon Cassill at the Quicken Loans 400. Carsforsale.com joins Hillman Racing at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR's fastest track, for the second consecutive year this Sunday, June 14, 2015. Carsforsale.com features simple search functions and a fully responsive design to aid consumers in finding their next vehicle. Inventory listings from nearly 20,000 dealers nationwide make Carsforsale.com an effective outlet to connect buyers with sellers of vehicles.(Hillman Racing)(6-12-2015)

  • Congrats to Landon & Katie Cassill: Hilllman Racing announced that CRC Automotive will be the primary sponsor of the #40 CRC BRAKLEEN Chevy SS this weekend at Dover International Speedway. CRC, a manufacturer of an extensive arsenal of automotive maintenance repair products, will promote its industry-leading CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner on the Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Landon Cassill in Sunday's FedEx 400. Cassill, the 25-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native, has had a busy week, who besides completing a half marathon on Sunday night after the Coca-Cola 600 celebrated the birth of his son, Beckham Bear Alan Cassill, on May 27. "I couldn't have asked for a better week," said Cassill. "Both mom and son are doing great and I got Katie's (wife) blessing to hop on a plane Friday morning to get behind the wheel of the CRC Brakleen car at Dover."(Hillman Racing)(5-29-2015)

  • Cassill completes Memorial Day double: Landon Cassill completed a double of his own on racing's busiest day, driving the #40 Snap Fitness Chevrolet in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then turning around and jogging through the night to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That journey of 13.92 miles took 1 hour, 41 minutes and 49 seconds -- a pace of 7 minutes, 19 seconds per mile -- and ended at 12:58 a.m. on Memorial Day. Cassill accepted a hug and kiss from his wife, Kaitlan, rubbed his dog, Indie, and thanked those who came out to watch the end of his run -- a group that included some of his crew members, as well as team owner Mike Hillman. All told, it was a 576.42-mile evening for the 25-year-old driver, who completed 375 laps (out of 400) at Charlotte, then stretched in the garage before starting his run. The event raised money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, through a partnership with Snap Fitness. For every 30-day trial pass purchased between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Snap Fitness will donate $1 to the foundation that provides scholarships to families of service members killed or disabled in active duty.(NASCAR.com)(5-25-2015)

  • Cassill to run Snap Fitness "Snap Serves" scheme at Charlotte: As America's Fitness Brand, Snap Fitness will pay homage to Memorial Day in a special way: by featuring thousands of club owners, personal trainers, and members as the backdrop on Landon Cassill's #40 Hillman Racing entry as it kicks off a company-wide charitable initiative this weekend. Cassill will pilot the #40 Snap Fitness "Snap Serves" Chevy in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, the longest and most grueling race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. "For the first time ever, thousands of people will be riding with Landon as he speeds around the race track," Steele Smiley, Chief Officer responsible for brand strategy, said. "Snap Nation will be supporting him on all sides."
    Snap Fitness is also giving back in a big way this summer. Memorial Day marks the beginning of its "Snap Serves" summer campaign, which honors those who have served in the military and encourages people around the country to start their fitness journey. All summer long, Snap Fitness is offering 30-day trial passes for $8.95, giving individuals 24/7 access to 1,500 locations across the United States. For every 30-day trial pass purchased between Memorial Day and Labor Day, America's Fitness Brand will donate $1 to Folds of Honor, a foundation that provides scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in active duty. "Giving back is an integral part of our brand at every level. Our summer campaign recognizes an incredible group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country," Smiley said. "That, coupled with helping people start their fitness journey, makes for an exciting summer for America's Fitness Brand."(Mike Hillman Racing), see image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(5-19-2015)

  • Cassill Hits the Road to the NASCAR Hall of Fame: #40-Landon Cassill announced that he will run 14 miles to the NASCAR Hall of Fame immediately after competing in the Coca-Cola 600 May 24 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to inspire fans to get active with Snap Fitness and help support a worthy cause. Between his run and NASCAR race during Memorial Day weekend, Cassill will log over 600 miles by car and foot that day with America's Fitness Brand supporting him every step of the way. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to combine my passion for running with encouraging others to embrace a healthy lifestyle while recognizing those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country," Cassill said. "My goal with this post-race run is to motivate the sport's fan base to get up and make fitness a priority this summer." Cassill's run to the NASCAR Hall of Fame will kick off Snap Fitness's "Snap Serves" summer campaign, which honors those who have served in the military and encourages people around the country to start their fitness journey. All summer long, Snap Fitness is offering 30-day trial passes for $8.95, giving individuals 24/7 access to 1,500 locations across the United States. For every 30-day trial pass purchased between Memorial Day and Labor Day, America's Fitness Brand will donate $1 to Folds of Honor, a foundation that provides scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in active duty. Cassill, who regularly competes in triathlons, credits the guidance he's received from his neighborhood Snap Fitness club in helping transform his lifestyle - something everyone can achieve with America's Fitness Brand.(Snap Fitness)(5-17-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com returns to the #40 at Kansas: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, will appear as the primary sponsor of Landon Cassill and the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 this Saturday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway. A partnership that includes six primary races in 2015, Carsforsale.com is showcased on the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy for the third of six races this season with additional races at: Michigan (June 14), Bristol (August 22), and Talladega (October 25).(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(5-7-2015)

  • Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic sponsoring Cassill: Hillman Racing announced that Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic, a division of Link-Belt Construction Co. - a manufacturer of telescopic and lattice boom cranes for over 135 years - will sponsor Landon Cassill and the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry at Bristol Motor Speedway in tomorrow afternoon's Food City 500. Founded in 1992 with its home office in Ashland, Virginia, Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic also has a branch location in Chesapeake, Virginia, and serves the states of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company is a leader in the design and manufacture of telescopic boom and lattice boom cranes for the construction industry worldwide.(Hillman Racing)(4-18-2015)

  • Knock'er Loose to debut on the #40: CRC Industries, Inc., the worldwide leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the maintenance and repair professional, serving industrial, electrical, aviation, automotive & marine markets, will debut a new industrial-themed paint scheme on the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car of Hillman Racing with driver Landon Cassill this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Cassill will pilot the #40 CRC KNOCK'ER LOOSE Chevy SS - the first of two races for CRC Industrial this season - in Saturday night's Duck Commander 500. CRC Knock'er Loose Penetrating Solvent is specially formulated to dissolve rust, gum, grease and corrosion to allow quick removal of nuts, bolt, pins, screws, bushings, hinges and lugs. In addition to this weekend's race in Texas, CRC Knock'er Loose returns as the primary sponsor of Cassill and the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(4-8-2015)

  • Newtown Building Supplies sponsoring Cassill: With the three-race West Coast swing in the books - capped off by a pair of lead-lap, top-25 finishes the past two races - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill is looking to carry that momentum into this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway. Cassill will pilot the #40 Newtown Building Supplies Chevy SS in Sunday afternoon's STP 500, the first in a multi-race partnership this season with Hillman Racing and the #40 entry. To kick off the extension of a partnership that started in 2014, Cassill was the guest speaker at the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts of America Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday in Virginia Beach, Va., presented by Newtown Building Supplies. Cassill was on hand at the annual fundraising effort that provides scouting programs to the Mid-Atlantic region. To commemorate the successful event, which netted the most donations in its history, the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts emblem with adorn the c-post of Cassill's #40 Newtown Building Supplies car this weekend.(Hillman Racing)(3-27-2015)

  • Justin Boots joins Hillman Racing: Landon Cassill and the Hillman Racing team adds Justin Original Workboots (JOW) as a major associate sponsor for the 2015 race season. The #40 Chevy SS will display the Justin Original Workboots branding for the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11 and November 8, along with the endorsement of being "The Official Workboot of Hillman Racing." The team's mission will be to shine a spotlight on this incredible brand and will offer some great events and giveaways through the different social media platforms to offer race fans a chance to bag some swag.(Hillman Racing)(3-20-2015)

  • Cassill picks up new sponsor: CRC Industries, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading specialty chemicals for automotive service technicians and do-it-yourselfers, will exhibit its popular fuel system cleaner, CRC 1-TANK POWER RENEW, on the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car as it kicks off a five-race partnership with Hillman Racing and driver Landon Cassill for the 2015 season. CRC will be the primary sponsor of the #40 CRC 1-TANK POWER RENEW Chevy SS for Cassill at Phoenix International Raceway in Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500K. A partnership that will include five primary races in 2015, CRC Industries will also sponsor Cassill and Hillman Racing at: Texas Motor Speedway (April 11), Dover International Speedway (May 31), Kentucky Speedway (July 11) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 20). CRC 1-TANK POWER RENEW is available at participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores nationwide, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Pep Boys and other quality automotive wholesale distributors and retailers.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(3-14-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com returns to sponsor Cassill at Las Vegas: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, will return as the primary sponsor of the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevry with Landon Cassill and Hillman Smith Motorsports in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Building on a relationship established in 2014, this is the second of six primary races for the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy this racing season. "We are very proud to have the Carsforsale.com name on the #40 Chevrolet this weekend in Las Vegas," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "This team has both talent and heart which we are confident will show on the track this weekend."
    "It's been a tough start to the season, but we know we have fast race cars and the improvements we've made in the off-season are paying off, we just haven't have the finishing results to show for it," said Cassill. "The switch to ECR engines have elevated our on-track performance and I can't think of a better place to go to change our luck than Las Vegas."
    A partnership that includes six primary races in 2015, Carsforsale.com is showcased on the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy for the second of six races this season with additional races at: Kansas in May, Michigan in June, Bristol in August and Talladega in October.(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 Team Schemes page.(3-7-2015)

  • Cassill First Driver To Sweep Opening Two Last-Place Finishes Since 1949: #40-Landon Cassill picked up the 7th last-place finish of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when his #40 Snap Fitness Chevrolet fell out with engine failure after he completed 92 of the race's 325 laps. The finish came in Cassill's 153rd series start. It is Cassill's second-consecutive Cup Series last-place finish. Cassill is just the second driver in Cup Series history to finish last in the first two races of the season. The only other time it happened was in NASCAR's inaugural season in 1949, when Glenn Dunaway followed up his disqualification at Charlotte with a DNF at the Daytona Beach-Roadcourse. This is the first-ever last-place finish for Cassill and the #40 in a Cup Series race at Atlanta.(Lastcar)(3-2-2015)

  • Carsforsale.com to Sponsor Cassill in Daytona 500 and other races: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, announced that they will return as the primary sponsor of Landon Cassill and the #40 Chevy at the Daytona 500 this year. Building on a partnership established in 2014, Carsforsale.com has expanded its sponsorship to include multiple races during the 2015 season. "Carsforsale.com is eager to kick off another season of NASCAR and take our partnership to the next level with Landon Cassill and the newly re-branded Hillman Smith Motorsports team," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "We are looking forward to another great weekend at Daytona."
    "Not only are we happy to have Carsforsale.com back for Daytona, but also that they're increasing their participation with HS Motorsports in 2015," said Landon Cassill. "We had a legitimate shot to take them to Victory Lane last year at Talladega and with our guys fine-tuning the car during the off-season, we're confident it will be even better this year."
    Carsforsale.com offers a portal for consumers to search for the perfect new or used car for sale from nearly 20,000 automotive dealers across the country. As Carsforsale.com continues to grow rapidly, NASCAR has consistently provided a platform to increase exposure to the brand. The Carsforsale.com, Landon Cassill and HS Motorsports partnership will span six primary races in 2015 including Las Vegas in March, Kansas in May, Michigan in June, Bristol in August and Talladega in October.(Hillman Smith Motorsports), see an image of the car on the #40 Team Schemes page.(2-13-2015)

  • Hillman Racing announces Partnership: Mike Hillman, founder of Hillman Racing and the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #40 team, has added West Coast businessman Gordon Smith as co-owner of the newly rebranded Hillman Smith Motorsports, which will continue to field the #40 Chevy for driver Landon Cassill. The addition of Smith as co-owner of HS Motorsports has allowed the organization to expand in the off-season securing additional RCR (Richard Childress Racing) race cars, ECR engines for the entire 2015 Sprint Cup season, as well as adding an in-house, on-site engineering group. Smith, through his aviation and maritime companies, began his involvement with team owner Mike Hillman and the #40 team at the start of the 2014 season.
    "Adding Gordon Smith as a partner to the racing organization will only strengthen the foundation we have built over the past three years," Hillman said. "From finishing 12th in last year's Daytona 500 to our best finish of fourth last fall at Talladega with Landon behind the wheel, we have seen great results with limited resources. Gordon has shown a passion for the sport and demonstrated a loyalty to our employees that convinced me elevating him to an equity stakeholder will allow us to take the next step in the Sprint Cup arena. Gordon has built two great companies from the ground up, and by adding a race team to his portfolio, he will truly be covering land, sea and air."
    Hillman acquired the championship-winning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series assets following the conclusion of the 2011 season and assumed the dual role of owner and general manager of Hillman Racing at the start of 2012. Midway through the 2013 season, Hillman added the #40 Sprint Cup Series team to the organization with driver Landon Cassill. Throughout his career, Hillman has worked as a crew chief and general manager in each of NASCAR's top three series, including drivers as Tommy Ellis, Dick Trickle, Kyle Petty, Joe Nemechek, Mike Wallace, Robby Gordon, and brothers Brett and Todd Bodine. In 1988, Hillman earned a NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship with driver Tommy Ellis, and secured two Truck Series Championships with driver Todd Bodine in 2006 and 2010.
    "This partnership is the culmination of a relationship that started with Landon a few years back," stated Smith. "Landon was driving for Mike Hillman in the Cup Series, so we were introduced and I was immediately welcomed into the fold. I believe the intimate feeling of the organization not only attracts sponsors to the team, but I've watched over the past year as the involvement of each sponsor has grown. Mike Hillman has established a great team that not only puts a good product on the race track, but makes every event an experience that brings people back to the track. I'm looking forward to being involved in the operation and adding to it."
    The new partnership kicks off this weekend with qualifying for the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 15. Hillman Smith Motorsports Racing is housed in a 22,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will field the #40 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2015 with driver Landon Cassill.(Hillman Smith Motorsports)(2-12-2015)

  • Snap Fitness renews sponsorship of Hillman Racing: It's full speed ahead for Snap Fitness and Landon Cassill in the 2015 Sprint Cup Series. America's Fitness Brand will again be a primary sponsor for Cassill and his #40 Chevy. "I'm thrilled that our brand will continue working with Landon in 2015," Snap Fitness Founder and CEO Peter Taunton said. "He is a tremendous athlete and leader who is dedicated to working hard in order to reach his goals, which is an attitude we see in our clubs across the country." In 2014, Snap Fitness became the first wellness franchise to partner in NASCAR. "The exposure we garnered last year with NASCAR was astounding. Aligning America's Fitness Brand with one of the most popular sports in the U.S. was a complete triumph and total game-changer," Steele Smiley, chief officer responsible for brand strategy, said. "We are two brands that touch millions of people across the country, so renewing our partnership was a no brainer." This year's sponsorship will go beyond the racetrack. Snap Fitness will support Cassill's triathlon training in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austria. "I would not be the caliber of athlete I am without Snap Fitness," Cassill said. "The training I've done at Snap Fitness has truly transformed my lifestyle and helped my endurance behind the wheel. Snap Fitness is excited to start the season off in Atlanta as an early season race. Cassill called it one of the season's most exciting races and a great venue to kick-off the Snap Fitness sponsorship." Snap Fitness will sponsor the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy in the following 2015 races: Atlanta in March; the All-Star race at Charlotte in May; Charlotte in May; Michigan in August; and Darlington in September.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(2-3-2015)

2014 News

  • 2014 Races that Newtown Building Supplies is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Dover - 6/1
    Pocono - 6/8
    Daytona - 7/5
    New Hampshire - 7/13
    Watkins Glen - 8/10
    Atlanta - 8/31
    Dover - 9/28
    Richmond - 9/6(along with the #33 Chevy)
    Martinsville - 10/26

  • 2014 Races that Carsforsale.com is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Daytona - 2/23
    Kansas - 5/10
    Sonoma - 6/22
    Indianapolis - 7/27
    Michigan - 8/17
    Talladega - 10/19

  • 2014 Races that Snap Fitness is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
    Kentucky - 6/28
    Chicago - 9/14
    New Hampshire - 9/21
    Kansas in October - 10/5

  • 2014 Races that CRC Industries has been the primary sponsor:
    Phoenix - 3/2, K&W Fiberlock
    Bristol - 3/16, Brakleen Brake Parts
    Auto Club Speedway - 3/23, K&W Fiberlock
    Martinsville - 3/30, K&W Fiberlock
    Charlotte - 5/25, CRC Automotive
    Michigan - 6/15, K&W Fiberlock
    Bristol - 8/23, CRC 1-Tank Power Renewal

  • Harvey Gulf to sponsor Cassill at Homestead: Hillman Racing announced that Harvey Gulf International Marine, a marine transportation company that specializes in providing offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, will sponsor Landon Cassill and the #40 Chevy at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400. Founded in 1955 by Captain Numa J. Guidry on the premise that superior performance and safer operations provide its customers value and satisfaction, Harvey Gulf's trademark livery will be the backdrop of Cassill's #40 Harvey Gulf Chevy. "I met Shane Guidry and the folks from Harvey Gulf earlier this season and having them on the car this weekend really adds an exclamation point to our season," said Landon Cassill, the 24-year-old former development driver for Hendrick Motorsports and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native. "Harvey Gulf represents the ninth different primary sponsor that we've had this season and we couldn't have accomplished as much as we did without the help from all of our sponsors. From our 12th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 to our fourth-place finish at Talladega just a few weeks ago, Mike Hillman and the entire organization put forth a tremendous effort to take this team to the next level. With the addition of Harvey Gulf this weekend in Homestead, we were able to secure an ECR engine package and we're looking to finish out the season strong as we continue to build for 2015."(Mike Hillman Racing)
    see images of the scheme / car on the #40 Team Schemes page.(11-15-2014)

  • Carsforsale.com to sponsor Hillman Racing Talladega: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, announced that the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS will make its sixth appearance of the season with Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 on October 19. For the fourth and final superspeedway event of the season, Cassill will again pilot the same car he raced to a 12th-place finish at the season-opening Daytona 500 and later scored a career-best 11th-place finish at Talladega in May. Carsforsale.com offers a portal for the consumer to search millions of vehicles from over 17,000 dealers across the nation as well as a suite of dealer solutions for dealership management. With the reach of NASCAR and its millions of fans across the country, Carsforsale.com has enjoyed the opportunity to increase brand awareness.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(10-17-2014)

  • CRC returns to sponsor #40 with 1-Tank Power Renew: CRC Industries, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading specialty chemicals for automotive service technicians and do-it-yourselfers, announced that it will exhibit its popular fuel system cleaner, CRC 1-Tank Power Renew, at the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "IRWIN Tools Night Race." CRC will be the primary sponsor of the #40 CRC 1-Tank Power Renew Chevry for Hillman Racing and driver Landon Cassill at Bristol.
    "For motorists that have seen a decline in their vehicle's power, acceleration and driving performance, CRC 1-Tank Power Renew is the best solution," said Louis Fresta, vice president of the CRC Automotive Division. "Its concentrated formula brings professional-quality strength and power to eliminate carbon deposit buildup with a single use."
    According to Fresta, even top quality fuels contain impurities, and harmful carbon deposits can easily build up on fuel system components such as intake valves, piston heads and fuel injectors. Over time, the damage caused by these deposits may lead to a number of fuel system related problems such as hesitation, sluggishness, stalling, pre-ignition, engine knock and overall loss of power. CRC 1-Tank Power Renew fights the damage and restores a vehicle's power and driving performance while reducing harmful emissions and improving fuel economy. "More important," said Fresta, "CRC 1-Tank Power Renew provides considerable savings for motorists. While other fuel additives have to be used every time you fill up the tank to get the results they claim, CRC 1-Tank Power Renew needs to be used only once every 4,000 miles to clean your vehicle's fuel system completely. In other words, on average, it is sufficient to use CRC 1-Tank Power Renew three times a year as compared to using other fuel additives 24 or more times per year to achieve similar results," Fresta explained. In addition, the product has been proven to increase miles per gallon by up to 5.7%.
    Landon Cassill, driver of the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry said, "I trust the CRC brand and am happy to have CRC 1-Tank Power Renew displayed on my car. We have been using CRC's full line of professional automotive products for a number of years at Hillman Racing and count on them to keep the race cars in top shape for the track."
    Extensive testing of CRC 1-Tank Power Renew in gasoline vehicles has revealed excellent results:
    97% total power recovery
    100% misfire repair
    99% injector flow improvement
    5.7% potential increase in miles per gallon
    "CRC 1-Tank Power Renew is also available in a formula for diesel vehicles, and it exceeds the industry standard XUD-9 and new CEC DW10 engine tests," added Fresta. CRC 1-Tank Power Renew is available at participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores nationwide, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Pep Boys and other quality automotive wholesale distributors and retailers. To find more information on CRC 1-Tank Power Renew and a $5 rebate visit: crc1tank.com.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(8-22-2014)

  • Carsforsale.com sponsoring Cassill at Michigan: As one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, Carsforsale.com announces another sponsorship of the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS with Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 this Sunday, August 17. As Carsforsale.com continues to grow in popularity, NASCAR has provided a consistent branding opportunity with a devoted fan base. With millions of vehicles listed from over 17,000 dealers across the country, Carsforsale.com focuses on connecting buyers and sellers quickly and easily.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(8-15-2014)

  • #40 Hillman Racing Chevy gets a sponsor for Indy: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, is proud to announce that the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevrolet SS will make its fourth appearance of the season with Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 on July 27. "The opportunity to sponsor Landon and the Hillman Racing team at such a prestigious NASCAR event is very exciting," said Sean Coffman of Carsforsale.com. "Carsforsale.com is here to connect buyers with sellers of vehicles and NASCAR has provided a great platform to increase awareness of our brand to loyal NASCAR fans across the country."
    "The race at the Brickyard is one of the crown jewels of the sport of NASCAR," said Cassill, who has a career-best 20th-place performance in four previous starts at IMS. "After the Daytona 500, this is the most prestigious race on the NASCAR circuit, and I'm proud to have had Carsforsale.com on our #40 Hillman Racing for both events." With inventory from over 17,000 dealers across the country, Carsforsale.com offers consumers a portal to search for their next vehicle. Involvement with Landon Cassill and the Hillman Racing team has provided Carsforsale.com with an opportunity to increase brand awareness to consumers nationwide.(Mike Hillman Racing), see images of the car on the #40 Team Schemes page.(7-25-2014)

  • Newtown Building Supplies returns to sponsor Cassill: Landon Cassill has big expectations heading back to Daytona International Speedway following his 12th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. He followed up that attention-grabbing performance with an impressive 11th-place finish in the season's second restrictor-plate race at Talladega Superspeedway piloting that same race car. The only change this time around is a fresh coat of paint and new sponsor decals as Cassill will pilot the #40 Newton Building Supplies Chevy SS in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 under the lights at Daytona. Newtown Building Supplies, Inc., a premier source for windows, doors, siding and installation in Hampton Roads, Va., is in the midst of a ten-race sponsorship that will include the next two weekends at Daytona International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. NBS previously sponsored Cassill and the #40 Hillman Racing entry at Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(7-4-2014)

  • Snap Fitness to sponsor $40 car in four races: Snap Fitness is accelerating to new speeds as the primary sponsor for the #40 Chevy driven by Landon Cassill in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting June 28 at Kentucky Speedway.
    "NASCAR is widely popular in the U.S., and as America's fitness brand, we thought this was a great partnership between two brands that touch millions of people around the country," said Snap Fitness Founder and Lift Brands CEO Peter Taunton (Lift Brands is the parent company to Snap Fitness). "Landon is also a fitness enthusiast who embodies everything our brand promotes: hard work, positivity and determination. We look forward to working closely with him on his road to success."
    Cassill has been racing professionally with NASCAR for seven years and was the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. He is currently training for Ironman 70.3 half triathlon to be held July 20 in Racine, Wisc. "Fitness is a tremendous part of my life and I'm honored to represent the Snap Fitness brand in the NASCAR Sprint Cup," said Cassill. "I'm also looking forward to workouts at Snap Fitness as I prepare for the Ironman competition and I look forward to helping them spread their message on fitness and living a healthy lifestyle."Hillman Racing), see images of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(6-20-2014)

  • #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy to Race at Sonoma: Carsforsale.com, one of the Internet's largest online automotive inventory websites, announced the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy will make an appearance with Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing at the NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 this Sunday, June 22. "Every opportunity we receive to work with Landon and the Hillman Racing team is another chance to say thank you to our dealer family by drawing more consumers to their inventory on Carsforsale.com," stated Carsforsale.com CEO Sean Coffman. "We hope to see a great finish for the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS this weekend at Sonoma Raceway."
    NASCAR driver Landon Cassill stated, "This is a very exciting weekend for me. With Carsforsale.com on the Cup car in Sonoma, we're going the extra mile this weekend. I'll be pulling double-duty at the two NASCAR road-course events. Sonoma is a track where smart driving and a good pit call can put you in position for a good finish at the end of the day and we are glad to have Carsforsale.com along for the ride."
    As a portal for consumers to search find the perfect vehicle from nearly 17,000 dealers across the country, Carsforsale.com is happy to increase their visibility and brand awareness with involvement with NASCAR, the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevrolet SS, Landon Cassill and the Hillman Racing team. Carsforsale.com also offers dealership solutions to car, truck, and specialty dealers across the United States.(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(6-19-2014)

  • CRC Industries returns to promote K&W Fiberlock on the #40 at MIS: CRC will partner with Hillman Racing and driver Landon Cassill as the primary sponsor of the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway to promote K&W FIBERLOCK Head Gasket & Block Repair. CRC, a manufacturer of an extensive arsenal of automotive maintenance products, will showcase its widely-accepted cooling system additive with Cassill behind the wheel of the #40 CRC/K&W FIBERLOCK Chevrolet in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. Easy to use, K&W FIBERLOCK does not require you to drain the cooling system first as in the case of many other cooling system additives on the market today.
    "Seeing this scheme brings back memories of the California race where we were able to use some pit strategy to put ourselves in the lead going into the final green-white-checkered finish," Cassill said. "We're hoping that bringing the distinctive green K&W FIBERLOCK scheme back to another two-mile track this weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan will also bring back some of that same good fortune."(Hillman Racing)
    Plus the team is holding a contest to decide which NBS paint scheme to run at Daytona in July on Landon Cassill's Facebook page. See images of the #40 CRC K&W Fiberlock car on the 40 Team Schemes page.(6-14-2014)

  • Newtown Building Supplies Expands Sponsorship of Cassill: Newtown Building Supplies, Inc. (NBS), a premier source for windows, doors, siding and installation in Hampton Roads, Va., is establishing an eight-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series partnership with Circle Sport-Hillman Racing and team owners Joe Falk and Mike Hillman that includes primary sponsorship of two cars at Richmond International Raceway in the fall. The announcement was made by NASCAR driver Landon Cassill, NBS owner D.J. "Jimmy" Rogers and Falk at NBS' Virginia Beach headquarters Thursday afternoon in front of employees, key stakeholders, and local media and dignitaries.
    The partnership will feature primary sponsorship of Hillman's Racing #40 Chevy driven by Cassill for eight additional races and the #33 Circle Sport Chevy for the September race at Richmond. NBS made its NASCAR debut on the #33 Circle Sport Chevy at Richmond in April with driver David Stremme and further expanded the partnership with Cassill last weekend at Dover.
    "I have watched Landon in his race car and spent time with him outside of it," said Rogers. "He is an outstanding young man and will be a great representative for our company as we expand into providing doors, window and siding to residential customers. I look forward to a great partnership between Newtown Building Supplies and Circle Sport-Hillman Racing."
    "What started out as a one-race test program at Richmond in April has quickly developed into a 10-race partnership," said Landon Cassill, who last month posted a Sprint Cup Series career-best 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. "It's very rewarding because as an organization we've been fortunate to align ourselves with the kinds of companies that are willing to expand their participation in the sport. Jimmy Rogers immediately saw the power of NASCAR and how it can help grow a business with local roots in a sport with national reach. I'm looking forward to the next eight races with NBS and representing them on and off the race track."
    NBS will sponsor Landon Cassill and the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy in addition to the #33 Circle Sport Chevy at these upcoming NASCAR races: Pocono in June, Daytona in July, New Hampshire in July, Watkins Glen in August, Atlanta in August, Richmond in September (along with the #33 Chevy), Dover in Septmber and Martinsville in October.(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(6-6-2014)

  • Cassill picks up Dover sponsor: Hillman Racing and Joe Falk announced that Newtown Building Supplies, Inc., a top marketer of windows, doors, siding, installation and a range of building materials to commercial builders and residential home owners in Hampton Roads, Virginia, will sponsor Landon Cassill and the #40 Sprint Cup Series entry at Dover international Speedway in Sunday's FedEx 400. Known for its wide selection of building materials and superb customer service with builders, NBS' logo will be displayed on the hood and rear quarter panels of Cassill's #40 Newtown Building Supplies Chevy SS.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(5-31-2014)

  • Cassill gets Charlotte sponsor and a patriotic scheme: Hillman Racing announced that CRC Automotive will be the primary sponsor of the #40 CRC Brakleen Chevy under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. With a patriotic backdrop to the Hillman Racing entry, CRC will promote its industry-leading CRC Brakleen® Brake Parts Cleaner on the Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Landon Cassill in the network primetime race. "I can't thank CRC enough for coming on board for this weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Besides the special stars-and-stripes paint scheme honoring those that have served our country, this race is one of the sport's crown jewels because it's the longest race of the year and you're racing in front of family, friends and the team personnel that might only make it to one or two races a year," said Cassill, who posted a Sprint Cup Series career-best 11th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this month. "Over the course of four days of preparation and 600 miles of rigorous racing at Charlotte, I can only imagine how much CRC Brakleen the guys will use prepping the car, and I'm glad we've got our arsenal of CRC products to help us get us to the finish line on Sunday night."(Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(5-24-2014)

  • Carsforsale.com adds 3 races to sponsorship of #40 team: Carsforsale.com, one of the fastest-growing online automotive websites, announced a three-race Sprint Cup Series partnership with driver Landon Cassill and Hillman Racing as primary sponsor of the #40 Chevy SS beginning with this weekend's 5-hour Energy 400 race event under the lights at Kansas Speedway. Building on the success of its sponsorship of Cassill and the #40 in the Daytona 500, Carsforsale.com will also serve as the primary sponsor of the #40 Carsforsale.com Chevy SS at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 27) and Talladega Superspeedway (October 19), where just last week Cassill posted a Sprint Cup Series career-best 11th-place finish.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(5-8-2014)

  • Hillman Racing gets Richmond sponsor: Atlantic Plumbing and Utilities, Virginia's leading provider of HVAC, plumbing, and utilities services, announced it is the sponsor of the #40 Chevy SS for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway. Hillman Racing's #40 is driven by Landon Cassill, the 24-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. "Atlantic is exceptionally proud to sponsor the #40 Atlantic Plumbing and Utilities Chevy in the race this weekend. We are a high-speed, progressive company so this sponsorship is right up our alley," said Tavis Meredith, Atlantic's Director of Business Development, "and we are excited to be a part of the Sprint Cup Series event."(Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(4-25-2014)

  • Cassill gets a sponsor of Texas: Hillman Racing announced that Gallery Furniture will be the primary sponsor of the #40 Chevy driven by Landon Cassill this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Gallery Furniture - featuring solid wood, upholstery, and furniture made in America, superb customer care, and same-day delivery service in the Houston Metropolitan Area - will mark its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sponsorship with Cassill behind the wheel of the #40 Gallery Furniture Chevrolet in Sunday's Duck Commander 500. Gallery Furniture owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, a prominent figure in the Houston community, created a marketing stir with his recent Super Bowl promotion, in which he offered customers who bought at least $6,000 worth of furniture the chance to receive a full refund if the Seattle Seahawks won. More than 1,000 customers scored free furniture valued at $7 million through the wildly successful promotion. Known for its ever-increasing selection of "Made in America" furniture, Gallery Furniture is marking its first foray into NASCAR sponsorship with Hillman Racing as a marketing vehicle to reach the 75 million NASCAR fans as well as thousands of fans in The Metroplex attending the men's NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(4-4-2014)

  • CRC Industries returns to sponsor Cassill at Martinsville: For the third consecutive week CRC Automotive will partner with Hillman Racing and driver Landon Cassill as the primary sponsor of the #40 Sprint Cup Series entry. The exposure generated at the end of last Sunday's event at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California - with Cassill leading the field under the final caution flag - helped propel the underdog team into the spotlight for the second time this season, complementing the team's 12th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. CRC, a manufacturer of an extensive arsenal of automotive maintenance repair products, will showcase its widely-accepted cooling system additive, K&W FIBERLOCK Head Gasket & Block Repair, with Cassill driving the distinctive green #40 CRC/K&W FiberLock Chevy in Sunday's STP 500.(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(3-29-2014)

  • Cassill gets Bristol sponsor: CRC Industries announced that the company will be the primary sponsor of the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy SS this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. CRC, a manufacturer of an extensive arsenal of automotive maintenance products, will promote its industry-leading CRC Brakleen Brake Parts Cleaner on the Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Landon Cassill. Cassill, who garnered attention for his 12th-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500, will pilot the #40 CRC BRAKLEEN Chevy in Sunday's Food City 500.(PR), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(3-16-2014)

  • Cassill and Hillman Racing get 18 race sponsor: Fuhu, Inc., creator of nabi - the world's first Android tablet built just for kids - is getting revved up for an exciting and meaningful new sponsorship with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill, fresh off of his ninth-place finish in Thursday night's second Daytona 500 qualifying race. In addition to acting as the primary sponsor in 18 Sprint Cup races, Cassill will debut the nabi branding on his #40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet at the NASCAR season-opening race, the Daytona 500, on Sunday, February 23, where he rolls off in the 18th position.
    Philanthropy is a large and important part of this sponsorship. For every Fuhu-sponsored primary race - beginning with the event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in two weeks - Cassill will donate five % of his race team's prize money to benefit nabi Inspire, Fuhu's philanthropic arm with the mission to offer direct support for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and help raise awareness. Fuhu will then match that donation with an additional five % for a 10 % total that could reach in excess of $175,000 during the initial 18-race program. During that time, Hillman Racing also will be leveraging its assets to bring additional partners to join the cause-related marketing program in an attempt to increase awareness of nabi Inspire.
    "Landon Cassill is a promising, young, talented driver that exhibits real potential to be a top 10 NASCAR driver; however, we chose to sponsor Landon's number 40 car because of his impeccable character and dedication to co-invest in supporting and creating awareness for autism! We are excited to join the NASCAR community and proud to sponsor Landon Cassill," said Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu.
    Fuhu's signature product and sponsor headliner is the nabi brand. Leading that ecosystem is the nabi tablet, the first full-featured Android tablet made just for kids - designed and created to deliver the best and most enriching, entertaining and educational experiences. Corporately, Fuhu has already had a successful year after being named by Forbes Magazine as America's Most Promising Company. In 2013, Inc. Magazine named Fuhu, America's #1 Fastest Growing Company, and PC Magazine named nabi the best tablet for kids. Also earlier this year, Fuhu unveiled, their newest state-of-the-art tablet, the DreamTab, slated to launch this spring. The DreamTab was designed from the ground-up just for kids and built in partnership with DreamWorks Animation and Intel.
    "Fuhu creates high-quality products that are both innovative and family friendly. As the father of a young daughter, this means a lot to me. I'm looking forward to collaborating with Fuhu this season both on the track and with any donations my team is able to make on their behalf as well as helping to raise awareness to the cause," said Landon Cassill.(Hillman Racing Facebook), see images of the scheme on the #40 Team schemes page.(2-23-2014)

  • Carsforsale.com to sponsor Cassill in Daytona: Carsforsale.com announced a partnership with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill at Daytona Speedweeks. As part of thispartnership, Carsforsale.com has become the primary sponsor for Hillman Racing's #40 Chevrolet SS starting in Thursday night's Daytona Duel No. 2 Qualifying Race, which leads into the 56th running of the Daytona 500. "Carsforsale.com is proud to sponsor the #40 car, driven by Landon Cassill this weekend," explained Sean Coffman, the CEO of Carsforsale.com. "For us, this is a way to say thanks to our subscribing dealers across the country. Carsforsale.com has over 16,500 dealers that rely on us to drive even more leads to their inventory. Our goal is to increase awareness of the Carsforsale.com brand, and this is another great opportunity to do that. We are excited to see the Carsforsale.com Car circle the track throughout the weekend on national television, and we are confident of landing a starting position in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. We hope for a fun and safe weekend for the drivers and millions of NASCAR fans across the country." Headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, Carsforsale.com is one of the fastest-growing online automotive websites. Carsforsale.com provides over 16,500 auto dealers with a full suite of tools, as well as means for private sellers to connect with buyers and sell their car for free.(Mike Hillman Racing)(2-21-2014)

  • CRC Industries to Showcase K&W FiberLock on #40 in two races:CRC Industries, Inc. has announced that it will showcase its widely-accepted cooling system additive, K&W FIBERLOCK Head Gasket & Block Repair, on a full car wrap on the #40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet SS at two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. A manufacturer of chemical specialties for maintenance and repair professionals and do-it-yourselfers, CRC is the primary sponsor of the #40 Chevrolet SS driven by Landon Cassill for the Hillman Racing team for these events. K&W FIBERLOCK is a pour-in repair additive that can permanently seal cracks and leaks in head gaskets, engine blocks, freeze plugs, cylinder heads and radiators. Designed for do-it-yourselfers as well as automotive repair technicians, K&W FIBERLOCK prevents an expensive repair on a vehicle that is not worth the cost of the service.
    "If your car is one on which you'd rather not spend a hefty sum in repairs, K&W FIBERLOCK provides a quick, easy-to-use - and inexpensive - solution," said Adam Selisker, CRC vice president of technology. "K&W FIBERLOCK uses thermochemical sodium silicate reinforced with military-strength fibers to create a web-like weave over the crack for a multi-layer repair. The crack could cause a hot spot from all the pressure being released in that area. This extra pressure is going to force more product into the damaged area of the cooling system and the hot spot will aid in the FIBERLOCK curing process. Also, the air introduced from the flaw in the cooling system helps the sodium silicate to solidify, making it a permanent repair." Easy to use, K&W FIBERLOCK does not require you to drain the cooling system first as in the case of many other cooling system additives on the market today. Just pour and go.
    K&W FIBERLOCK will be featured on a full car wrap on the #40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet SS at Phoenix in March and Auto Club Speedway in March.
    According to Mike Hillman, Sr., owner of Hillman Racing, "The race track is an unforgiving testing ground, and the CRC chemical products used in the maintenance of our race cars have always helped us rise to the challenge."
    "The labor required to remove and repair the cracked part of an engine can be extensive," said Selisker. "FIBERLOCK uses nanotechnology to reach into the tiniest crevices, making the molecular bond stronger and permanently hardened to the surface area. FIBERLOCK is a great alternative to a costly engine repair, and it is backed by CRC's double-your-money-back guarantee." K&W FIBERLOCK is available at Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, Pep Boys and Wal-Mart.(PR Newswire)(2-18-2014)

2013 News

  • Cassill to return to Circle Sport in 2014: Cedar Rapids (Iowa) native Landon Cassill has finalized plans for full-time rides in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series for 2014. Cassill will return to Circle Sport [ran #33 & #40 in 2013] in Sprint Cup, and will take over the #4 car for JD Motorsports in Nationwide, though logistical issues with Cup commitments may cause him to miss a few Nationwide races. He ran 33 of the 36 races in 2013 for Circle Sport in Cup, and 23 of the 30 races in a separate entry for JD Motorsports in Nationwide. "(Running both series) keeps me on the racetrack, it's more opportunities for me to show my skills to potential sponsors," Cassill said. "It's really valuable for me to be running in both series every weekend.(The Gazette)(12-18-2013)

  • Cassill gets Texas sponsor: Hillman Racing and Joe Falk announced that Pirate Oilfield Services, a top competitor in the oil and gas sector, will sponsor Landon Cassill and the #40 Sprint Cup Series entry at Texas Motor Speedway in the AAA Texas 500. With over 50 years in the oil and gas business, Midland, Texas-based Pirate Oilfield Services' recognizable logo will be displayed on the hood and rear quarter panels of Cassill's #40 Chevy SS in next Sunday's eighth race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. "This partnership is something that developed at the spring race in Texas," said Landon Cassill, the 24-year-old former development driver for Hendrick Motorsports and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native. "The guys at Pirate Oilfield Services are big NASCAR fans that don't miss a race at Texas Motor Speedway, and we're hoping this unique paint scheme will attract a few more sponsors to come along for the ride."(Hillman Racing), see an image of the car on the #40 team paint schemes page.(10-27-2013)

  • Moon Shine Attitude Attire Joins Hillman Racing to Go Pink in October: Hillman Racing announced that Moon Shine, LP, a premium designer of Moon Shine Attitude Attire, will kick off the first race of a two-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series sponsorship this weekend at Kansas Speedway by turning the #40 Chevrolet SS pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its Muddy Girl-branded camouflage pattern. From now through October 31, Moon Shine Attitude Attire will donate one dollar from the sale of every Muddy Girl shirt and hoodie sold trackside to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an independent 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Tony Raines will pilot the #40 Moon Shine Attitude Attire Chevrolet in Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 with Landon Cassill scheduled to drive the #40 the following week in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Mike Hillman Racing), see images of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(10-3-2013)

  • Cassill to drive #40 Moon Shine Attitude Attire Chevy at Bristol: Hillman Racing announced that Moon Shine, LP, a premium designer of Moon Shine Attitude Attire, will engulf the #40 Chevrolet SS in its Wildfire-branded camouflage pattern this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in a specially designed vehicle wrap. Landon Cassill, who has split time between the #33 and #40 Sprint Cup entries this season, will pilot the #40 Moon Shine Attitude Attire Chevrolet in Saturday night's Irwin Tools Race Night (Tony Raines is in the #33). "We wrapped a car earlier this season in the Wildfire Camo pattern and I couldn't believe the amount of attention it received from the fans at the race track," stated Hillman Racing team owner Mike Hillman, Sr. "With NASCAR's new rules allowing full-pattern wraps, this will be the second time this season that we've worked with Moon Shine to help bring attention to their line of camouflage apparel that the NASCAR fans really seem to enjoy. We've had a lot of requests to run this scheme again, so we thought where better but under the lights at Bristol on Saturday night."(Mike Hillman Racing), see an image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(8-23-2013)

  • Cassill returns to the #40 at Pocono; Raines in the #33: Following a successful debut in the #40 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past weekend, driver Landon Cassill will once again pilot the #40 Sprint Cup Series entry with sponsorship from Interstate Moving Services in the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. With a solid 29th-place qualifying effort to lock into the 43-car Brickyard 400 field, Cassill will drive that same car with support from Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines this weekend. Tony Raines will fill the seat of the #33 Circle Sport Chevrolet, marking his first Sprint Cup Series start of the 2013 season. Raines has competed in four NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season, and drove two Sprint Cup races for the Joe Falk-owned Circle Sport Racing #33 in 2012.
    "It's our intention to run the #40 in select Sprint Cup races throughout the remainder of the 2013 season, and last weekend was a successful launch of that program with the Morrissettes and Interstate Moving Services." said Joe Falk. "Landon did a great job locking the 40 car into the field with no owner points to fall back on, and we're taking that same car to Pocono this weekend with support from Interstate Moving Services, RCR and ECR, so we're confident that Landon will once again be able to qualify the car in the top 36. The Interstate Moving Services Chevy is a great looking car and I'm glad we're able to take it to Pocono where we hope to improve upon the finish we had last week in Indy. As long as we continue to see sponsor interest in the 40 program we will continue to field it and build that program."(CircleSport)(7-30-2013)

  • Cassill gets sponsor for Indy: Interstate Moving Services announced its sponsorship of driver Landon Cassill and the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 20th running of the Brickyard 400. Cassill, who has competed in 16 of the 19 Sprint Cup events this season for Circle Sport Racing in the #33 Chevy, will switch to the #40 with Austin Dillon scheduled to drive the #33 in Sunday's race. "The addition of Interstate Moving Services as sponsor of Landon and the #40 is the final piece of the puzzle," said Joe Falk. "It's our intention to field the #40 in a handful of races throughout the remainder of the season, and it's important for us to start this endeavor out strong. We secured a brand new race car from Richard Childress Racing with ECR power under the hood, so we are going all-in at Indy."
    Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Arthur Morrissette originally founded Interstate Moving Services in Washington, D.C., in 1943. The organization has seen tremendous change and evolution over seven decades of business, and during that time, one constant has remained a focus... to deliver quality "Top Hat Service" to each and every customer. Through three generations of family ownership and management, Interstate pledges to remain at the leading edge of training, methods and innovation while striving to deliver excellence to all of our customers without exception.(Circle Sport / Mike Hillman Racing), see image of the scheme on the #40 Team Schemes page.(7-24-2013)

  • Cassill to drive #40 in select races: The #40 will once again compete on the Sprint Cup Series circuit when Landon Cassill pilots the joint effort for team owners Joe Falk and Mike Hillman. Beginning with the upcoming Brickyard 400, the #40 will run select Sprint Cup races throughout the remainder of the 2013 season. Cassill, who has competed in 15 of the 18 Sprint Cup events this season for Circle Sport Racing in the #33 Chevy SS, will switch to the # 40 with Austin Dillon scheduled to drive the #33 in the Brickyard 400. "With ABC and ESPN picking up the Sprint Cup television broadcasts beginning with Indy, including three network primetime events, we felt the opportunity was right to field the # 40 car at select venues for the remainder of the season," Joe Falk said. "Mike Hillman has done a herculean task of getting our Gen-6 program up to speed with help from Landon and Richard Childress Racing, and it was a point of pride when Landon started alongside race-winner Tony Stewart at Dover earlier this season. We believe fielding the #40 allows companies looking at the sport that thought only a Truck or Nationwide sponsorship was in their budget to now have the opportunity to showcase their brands on the sport's biggest stage."(Circle Sport)(7-12-2013)

2012 News

  • Waltrip to attempt Daytona 500: Hillman Racing and Aaron's Inc. announced that two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will drive the #40 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the 2012 Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. The race will mark Waltrip's 75th start at Daytona in one of NASCAR's top three touring series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World trucks) - the most of any driver. "Aaron's really does make your dreams come true," said Waltrip. "When I was a kid thinking about racing in Daytona I never dreamed I would start more NASCAR races there than anyone. That's amazing." He said it takes many factors for success. "You have to have a great sponsor to race and Aaron's has been a great sponsor for a long time." Waltrip said. "I appreciate what the folks at Hillman Racing including Joe Falk are putting together. Hopefully my experience at Daytona will help them get out of the gate strong with their new team." Daytona's 2012 Speedweeks promises to be busy for Waltrip. He'll race the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota in the Feb. 18 Budweiser Shootout, oversee his three Sprint Cup teams at Michael Waltrip Racing and host several top executives from corporate America attending the races with the team. Waltrip will also continue his television work serving as a commentator for SPEED-TV's truck series broadcasts and begin his new role as an analyst for the Fox NASCAR Sunday broadcasts joining his brother and Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip. Aaron's Chief Operating Officer Ken Butler said the chance to have Waltrip drive the #40 and Mark Martin drive MWR's #55 Aaron's Dream Machines in the Daytona 500 is too good of an opportunity to miss. Hillman Racing is making its NASCAR debut this season, but the organization is anything but new to the sport. Team owner Mike Hillman Sr. played a key role in the founding of Germain Racing [was listed as the owner of the #60 Toyota in 2011 fielded by Germain Racing] and was the architect of the group's two NASCAR championships in 2006 and 2010. Hillman acquired the championship-winning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series assets following the conclusion of the 2011 season and is set to embark as the owner and general manager of Hillman Racing for the 2012 season.
    "I can't think of a better way to start off the season than to have Michael Waltrip behind the wheel of our car at Daytona," said Hillman, who credits longtime friend and co-owner Joe Falk [was the owner of the #50 in 2011] for the inclusion of the Cup program under the Hillman Racing banner. "I've been in this sport a long time, but I've never been so excited to go to Daytona. To have two Daytona 500 champions at the start of the season - with Ward Burton in the truck and Michael in the Cup car - positions Hillman Racing for a strong debut and a chance to win both races."(Hillman Racing - MWR)(2-13-2012)

2011 News

  • 60 car parked for rest of season: per Sirius-Speedway.com / MRN announcer Dave Moody's twitter (@DGodfatherMoody). Moody was asked "is [Mike] Skinner out of the #60 or did they skip this weekend?" Moody replied: The car is parked for the year. The #60 is not on the entry list for Talladega.(10-19-2011)

  • Germain may switch manufacturers: Germain Racing [#13 GEICO Toyota & #60 Big Red Toyota] majority owner Bob Germain told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team may not return to the Toyota camp in 2012. "There is a possibility that we might not be a Toyota team next year," said Germain. "I never thought we'd be running anything but a Toyota, but I'm not sure we're going to be able to get on the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) engine program. We wanted to buy TRD motors for next year's Sprint Cup effort, but with Joe Gibbs Racing getting out of the engine business at the end of this year, I'm not sure we're going to be able to get our engines from TRD." Germain explained that TRD will have the capacity to build six sets of Sprint Cup Series engines next season. JGR's trio of Camrys driven by Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano accounts for three sets and Michael Waltrip Racing's Martin Truex, Jr. and David Reutimann account for two more. That leaves one engine set to be allotted, without accounting for MWR's expected third 2012 entry driven by Clint Bowyer, or JTG Daugherty Racing and driver Bobby Labonte. "Toyota has told us they will try to work something out," said Germain, "but it's not certain. There is a possibility that we may have to look elsewhere. We had already promised GEICO that we would go with TRD engines next year (after running Triad power in the past), and they were really excited about that. I never thought there would be a problem doing it, but now apparently, there is." Germain said he has already spoken to other manufacturers about possible 2012 alliances. "We went out and looked around little bit," he said. "We talked to Ford Racing and we talked to Rick Hendrick a while back, just to see what's out there and how their programs work. My hope is still to stay with Toyota, but we may not be able to do so."(Sirius Speedway)(10-1-2011)

  • Germain teams up with Native American Businessman: Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Germain Racing majority owner Bob German will form a new NASCAR National Series team in conjunction with Naples, Fla., resident O.B. Osceola, Jr. The team, to be called Germain-Osceola Racing, hopes to field an entry in 2012 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series in 2012 for a still unnamed driver, with backing projected to come from from a number of Native American tribes. Osceola is President of Pro Investment Group International and CEO of Pro Games, LLC, and has been instrumental in constructing and managing a number of large-scale projects for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including fundraising and construction for Florida's Immokalee Casino, and overseeing the tribe's ownership of the worldwide Hard Rock and Hollywood Hotel/Casino franchises. Germain said the new team operate as a subsidiary of Germain Racing, with sponsorship flowing - at least for now -- into the existing race team, which fields Sprint Cup Toyota Camrys for #13-Casey Mears, #60-Mike Skinner and #50-TJ Bell, and Camping World Truck Series Tundras for former series champion Todd Bodine, Brendan Gaughan and Max Papis. He said Germain-Osceola Racing will make its NASCAR debut later this season, fielding a Hard Rock Vodka-sponsored Nationwide Series entry in the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "That will be done as part of a launch for a new, Hard Rock-branded Vodka that's coming out," said Germain. "There are a lot of good things going on there, and I really think we're onto something. It's something new for NASCAR, and I think we're going to see a lot of good things come out of this program."(Sirius Speedway)(8-23-2011)

  • Big Red to sponsor 3 different manufacturers at Kentucky: Big Red Inc. will be making history at the Inaugural Kentucky NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend. For the first time ever, Big Red will be the primary sponsor for three cars from three different manufacturers in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Mike Skinner will pilot the #60 Big Red Toyota for Germain Racing, Mike Bliss will be behind the wheel of the #32 Big Red Ford for FAS Lane Racing, and Dave Blaney will pilot the #36 Big Red Chevy for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Kentucky Speedway. The Kentucky region has been a heartland for Big Red soda for the past 74 years. The company wants to reach fans on a higher level than just consumption; they want them to feel the pride through their greatest passions-Big Red and NASCAR.(Big Red PR)(7-6-2011)

  • Cassill to drive the #09 at Auto Club: Landon Cassill will return to the driver's seat of the team's Sprint Cup car, the #09 Chevy, beginning this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Team owner James Finch said he appreciates the contributions of Bill Elliott, who drove the #09 car in the first four Sprint Cup races of 2011 and helped the team achieve its goal of locking in a spot among the top 35 in car owner points, which assures starting positions for upcoming races. With one race remaining before the switch to this year's points, Phoenix is 26th in the standings, with a comfortable margin over the 36th-place team. "I am very thankful for what Bill has done for my team and sponsors to date, and we look forward to him running races later on this season," Finch said. In the meantime, Elliott plans to focus on working with his 15-year-old son Chase, who recently signed a driver agreement with Sprint Cup team owner Rick Hendrick.(Phoenix PR/Bill Elliott site), no word who will drive the #60 Toyota that Cassill was listed to drive at Auto Club.(3-22-2011)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine will drive the #60 Toyota for Germain.(3-22-2011)

  • Germain, Landon Cassill to run full season: UPDATE: Building on their heritage in motorsports, Big Red and ALL SPORT Body Quencher return to Sprint Cup competition in 2011 with a full time entry in the Sprint Cup series. Landon Cassill will drive the #60 car beginning with the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series Race at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend and will race for the full season. Launched in 1937, Big Red, with its distinctive flavor and widespread distribution in 44 states, was one of the nation's fastest growing soft drink brands in 2010. ALL SPORT is one of the nation's leading sports drinks and has an extensive history in motorsports including Tommy Kendall's Championship in the Trans Am series.(Co-Pilott Motorsports Marketing)(2-24-2011)
    UPDATE: Despite the agreement, the team is apparently still in need of additional sponsorship to continue. Landon Cassil tweeted, "Great week, Big Red colors on the #60 car, still [start & park] but hopefully opportunities keep coming. gotta keep working, it's still week to week."(2-26-2011)

  • Todd Bodine to run three races at Daytona: Todd Bodine will compete in all three NASCAR divisions in next month's Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Bodine will race his championship-winning #30 in the Feb. 18 Truck race; the Nationwide [#15] car, which is locked into the field for the Feb. 19 season opener thanks to Michael Annett's 14th-place finish in the 2010 owners' points; and owner Larry Gunselman's #64, which has a technical alliance with the Germains, in the qualifying rounds for the 53rd Daytona 500. Bodine will spend the first day of next week's three-day Sprint Cup test at Daytona. Bodine said there was sponsorship in place for all three programs, which has yet to be announced. Bodine tested with Gunselman's team for two days last month at Goodyear's tire test and said "we're going to race the whole race."(NASCAR.com)(1-13-2011)


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