Cassill Swept Up in Lap One Crash; ThorSport Racing Debut Ends on Sidelines Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 13, 2010) -- Landon Cassill was ready to race to the front in his debut driving ThorSport Racing's No. 98 ...
Cassill Swept Up in Lap One Crash; ThorSport Racing Debut Ends on Sidelines
Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 13, 2010) -- Landon Cassill was ready to race to the front in his debut driving ThorSport Racing's No. 98 etc. EasytoInstall.com/SouthernCandle.com Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, but a lap one error in judgment by another driver resulted in a massive pileup entering turn three and left Cassill's truck with severe damage to the front end. Without completing a lap, Cassill was forced to the garage area and was left with a disappointing 36th-place finish.
"I just saw them wrecking and the No. 3 truck was against the fence and the No. 13 was right in my lane and I couldn't judge how fast they were moving," Cassill said. "I tried to move up just a little bit to compensate for both but it's too tough to do that. I think back that if I got a second chance at it I could've missed it. "The EasytoInstall.com Chevy was pretty good in practice and I really felt like we made good adjustments for the race and I was excited to get out there. I just really appreciate ThorSport Racing for giving me the opportunity and Hendrick Motorsports for sticking their neck out and giving us a motor to use. Hopefully we get a chance to use it again and put together a truck for some more races."
Cassill also expressed disappointment for his sponsors, etc. brand cabinetry and it's EasytoInstall.com website along with SouthernCandle.com. Both companies shared space on Cassill's truck, along with teammate Johnny Sauter's No. 13, both of which were eliminated in the opening lap crash.
"It's disappointing for them because it's been such a fun week and everyone has been so excited in getting here," Cassill said. "We were hoping to get them a lot of exposure on TV tonight, and we probably did but not in the way we were hoping. We'd have loved it for all three ThorSport trucks to be lined up heading for that checkered flag, but instead two of us were in the garage before a single lap was completed. It's a shame, but that's racing. I can't thank everyone enough for coming on board and making it happen. I hope they were excited and enjoyed themselves, even though we were out early."
The next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 6.