We’re back for season two of Off the Wall With… and we’ve got five brand-new questions for your favorite racing personalities! This week, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Landon Cassill stops by. Cassill, driving for Front Row Motorsports full-time this year led 20 laps at Bristol last weekend in arguably his strongest performance to date at stock car racing’s highest level. Cassill was in position for a top-10 finish until a late-race incident with Ty Dillon sent him spiraling back to 22nd by the checkered flag.
What was your first race car and what number was it?
Landon Cassill: It was a go kart, and it was No. 6. I had it painted like Mark Martin.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you during a race?
Cassill: I had to change my shifter handle under a caution at Kansas once. The shifter broke at the start, and I was able to get it stuck in gear at the start the race, and fortunately there was a caution really early on. The guys were trying to figure out what to do, and I asked them to hand me the wrenches and a new shifter handle. They couldn’t believe it, but I changed the shifter handle during the race.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Cassill: It was some indie rock band in Ohio at like a summer festival-type thing. In high school, I liked going to shows, but I didn’t really get to go to too many because I was racing so much.
What’s the best practical joke you were ever involved in, as either perpetrator or victim?
Cassill: My entire life is a practical joke sometimes.
What was the worst thing you hid from your parents as a kid?
Cassill: Are you kidding me? I was a perfect kid! (Laughter) Anything that’s that bad, I’m still hiding it!
|What was your 1st race car and what number was it?||What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you during a race?||What was the first concert you attended?||What was the best practical joke you were involved in as either perpetrator or victim?||What was the worst thing you hid from your parents as a kid?|
|David Ragan||No. 77 Bandolero||Throwing up in the car||Doobie Brothers & Tom Petty||Rather watch than be involved||Nothing!|
|Casey Mears||No. 10 Super Lite off-road||A guy running onto the track under a red flag||Soul Asylum||Being in a van when Sterling Marlin threw a quarter-stick of dynamite under it||“Borrowing” dad’s Jeep at 14 when parents were out of town|
|Chris Buescher||No. 67 dirt bike||Being upside down in a Legends car||Can’t remember exactly||Putting the wrong name on the windshied||Tore up truck playing in the snow|
|No. 07 (Bobby Dotter’s Number)||Trying to avoid the Big One at Daytona||Jason Aldean||Pranking manager Rusty||Drove a family friend’s car down the street at age 8|
|Brendan Gaughan||No. 13 Superlite||Huge fire in pits at Richmond||Chicago…with Mom||Filling a high school teacher’s car with paper||Hid a speeding ticket from Dad|
About the author
Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.
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