Landon Cassill is suing BK Racing over what he says is $205,000 in unpaid winnings and other fees the team owes him for racing for them last year, according to the Sporting News.
Cassill is also seeking an unspecified amount of money because, he claims, the team misled him about his contract for 2013. Cassill contends that the team deceived him into thinking he would drive for them in 2013 to ruin his chances of finding another open ride.
The suit has been filed in the North Carolina Superior Court.
Cassill issued a statement:
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. I was excited to race for BK in 2013 and was disappointed when my contract was not renewed for this season.
BK Racing’s attorney, Adam Ross, said:
There is a dispute of what is owed to Mr. Cassill under the contract, which include disputes related to Mr. Cassill’s performance of his obligations. BK Racing and Mr. Devine had hoped to resolve those differences privately, amicably and without resort to the courts, but Mr. Cassill obviously felt otherwise.
Update: BK Racing co-owner Ron Devine responded to the lawsuit filed by Cassill, according to Godfather Motorsports. Devine said:
He had some things he wanted us to agree to that we weren’t willing to do. One of them was [agreeing] that he was the number-one, full-time starter. We had three drivers [who] shared the rides last year and we were set to do that again. … We were not prepared to run three cars and when I went to the other two drivers and said they would have to share the ride, they were fine with it. When we talked to Landon, he didn’t want to do that. We were trying to work something out with all three of the drivers where they could share the [monetary] pool, no matter who was driving the car. Landon didn’t want to do that. I understand that he’s young and wants to run every week, but we felt that for the size of our team, it was better for us to have a stable of three [drivers] and share the ride.
Devine said that pay was not a factor in deciding to part ways with Cassill.