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Off the Wall With: Landon Cassill

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
Gray Gaulding


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 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-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 working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is 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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