|Cassill says he was deceived|
“I am disappointed that he decided to go the legal route,” said Devine. “We tried to work it out with him and we couldn’t. It’s like any other transaction. Everybody has their position and if you can’t agree, you can’t agree. I don’t want to say too much about it because it is an ongoing suit, but I think our position is reasonable. It’s a shame we couldn’t work it out, because I felt like (Cassill) fit in well with our team and I thought we had a pretty good year.”
Devine did not dispute Cassill’s assertion that he was paid less than the $500,000 called for in his 2012 driving contract.
“He is accurate (in saying) he had a contract that had a minimum of a half-million dollars,” Devine said. “What he earned (as) race winnings, we don’t dispute. We have no problem with that. It was supposed to be close to $500,000, that was the idea, and he missed it by over $100,000.
“The $60,000 for other services rendered, we’re not too sure where he comes up with that,” he said. “We’re anxious to understand that piece of it.”
Cassill claims he was “deceived” by BK Racing about his status for 2013; held in limbo until it was too late to find another ride. Devine flatly denied that allegation, saying it was Cassill’s insistence on being the team’s number-one driver that prevented them from coming to terms.
|Cassill drove the No. 83 Toyota last season|
“He had some things he wanted us to agree to that we weren’t willing to do,” said Devine. “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 have aspirations of putting a third car on the track (in 2013). We’re trying as hard as we can to get the (No.) 73 on the track, but we’re just not there yet. “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,” he explained. “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.
“There was stuff like that that occurred,” said Devine, “so I don’t know why he thinks we misled him. He was as much a part of that negotiation as we were. We were going back and forth, and could not come to an agreement. We offered him a number of options to resolve the matter, and none of it was appealing to him, so he decided to go this route.”
Devine said the dispute over Cassill’s 2012 pay was not a factor in his decision to part company for 2013.
“It wasn’t for me, but maybe it was for him,” he said. “I actually thought we were close to being able to resolve the 2012 issues.
“The issue is not what he earned driving,” repeated Devine. “We don’t have a problem with that. The issue is the minimum (and the fact that) we believe there should be some offsets (for) the money he earned from things we paid out. He doesn’t see it that way, so the dispute is really in regard to (whether) the minimum is inclusive -- or not inclusive – of other things we paid.
“I’m sure the lawyers helped him write that he was deceived, but he was very much a part of the ongoing negotiations.”
Devine also denied damaging Cassill’s career by preventing him from finding a new Sprint Cup Series ride.
“I don’t wish (Cassill) any harm,” said the BK Racing co-owner. “He’s a young, talented driver who has a ride. I know it says in his suit that we tried to keep him out of the sport, but that’s simply not the case. He’s out there and he’s got a ride. I see him at the track, so that’s not accurate."
Attorney Adam Ross has been hired to represent the team, and Devine said he is crafting a response to the suit that will be filed in the near future.