Well, it's not everyday that Landon Cassill makes headlines in the world of NASCAR.
Cassill recently filed a lawsuit against his former team, BK Racing, which he raced for during the entire 2012 season. He did not earn a single win, top five or top 10 last season. He ended up finishing 31st in the point standings.
According to an article written by Bob Pockrass of Sporting News, Cassill is suing for $205,000 in unpaid winnings and other fees owed to him for racing for the team last year. He is also suing for an unspecified amount of money for not being told until mid-January that he would not drive for the team in 2013:
“I really hated to go the legal route but at the end of the day I’m ultimately asking to be paid what I earned last season,” Cassill said in a statement. “I was excited to race for BK in 2013 and was disappointed when my contract was not renewed for this season.
“But that’s racing. I raced hard for Burger King, Dr Pepper, Ron Devine and the BK Racing team and thought we were really making progress."
In regard to his contract not being renewed in 2013, it seems as though Cassill feels this was done with intent. The reason in his mind is that the team wanted to release him late enough so he wouldn't be able to find another team.
Per Cassill’s lawsuit (via Pockrass): "[The team] intentionally deceived Cassill in order to ruin Cassill’s chances of finding an open position as a driver on another race team in the 2013 season."
NASCAR is such a challenging sport to break into. The cost that goes into starting your own team or taking over a team is astronomical. That being said, I hope this isn't true because it could seriously damage the reputation of BK Racing moving forward.
There are not many things worse in life than playing with someone's income. However, I would dare to say that the claim of sabotage is far worse.
In a multimillion-dollar business like NASCAR, there are bound to be money disputes. Right or wrong, when the money is big and the budgets are tight, shady things sometimes happen. However, if true, BK Racing had no right to actively try to prevent Cassill from finding work in 2013.
Now, keep in mind there are three sides to this story: Cassill's, BK Racing's and, of course, the truth. As the lawsuit progresses, I hope Cassill is awarded all monies that are rightfully his.
Aside from Cassill and BK Racing, another person that might be interested in this lawsuit is David Reutimann. Reutimann currently races for the BK Racing team.
Although Cassill was not able to find himself a full-time ride this year, he did still find a team. He currently drives for Circle Sport, which shares the No. 33 car with Richard Childress Racing.