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SYSK: NASCAR driver thanks family, friends, supporters in Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

During racing season, the track is where you'll see Landon Cassill each Sunday. The Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He drives for Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

During a week off from his 36-race schedule, Cassill was home selling t-shirts and signing autographs in support of a Shriners Children's Hospital fundraiser in memory of Dean Redmond, a family friend.

Despite being on the national racing scene, Cassill hasn't forgotten his roots where his love of racing began.

"I've loved driving race cars my whole life. The speed, winning, I'm competitive," said Landon Cassill.

Cassill began racing go karts at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids when he was eight years old. He moved up to full body stock car racing at age 12.

Now, the 22-year-old is one of the youngest NASCAR drivers, but he said what he lacks in experience he makes up for with hard work. He hopes this is just the beginning of a long racing career.

"Being young is cool, but you also have to attack that opportunity and kind of establish yourself so you can have a 20 year career. My next goal is to be part of a team that can progress to the next level. Right now we seem to be a 23-27th place team and we want to be a 20th team and a 15th team and then compete for championships," said Cassill.

No matter what place he finishes, Cassill appreciates the support back home in eastern Iowa.

"That following, even if it's just in Cedar Rapids, the thousands of people that support me here that can push you to the next level in the sport because I'm in a fan driven sport," said Landon Cassill.

Cassill's advice for anyone is to never give up on your dreams. He hasn't forgotten all the people back in Iowa who helped him along the way to his.

"Now I get to do what I love to do for a living and it's really all because of this town and my family and friends back here who supported me along the way," he said.

The fundraiser Landon was in town for in July raised more than $3600 for the Shiners Children's Hospital.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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