Landon Cassill hit by car while riding bike
February 22, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Landon Cassill was able to avoid the chaos on the track during his Budweiser Duel qualifying race.
It was the serenity of the bike lane that did him in.
A motorist struck Cassill last Saturday while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver was riding his bicycle in Daytona Beach. The 24-year-old was sporting a black eye following his ninth-place finish in Thursday's 150-mile qualifier.
"It was pretty bad, but I'm alright now," Cassill, who will start 18th in Sunday's Daytona 500, said Thursday. "It's actually healed pretty well. I'm really lucky. Got some road rash on my arms and legs.
"The inside of my knees were bruised up pretty badly. But my face took most of the fall, just the chin."
Cassill said a motorist "was trying to cross the road from a side street and cleared herself to the right, kind of rolled the stop sign, I believe (and) T-boned me really.
"It destroyed my bike, (did a) face plant ... but I made the Daytona 500 and she doesn't know that."
Cassill is competing for Hillman Racing this season, driving the No. 40 Chevrolet. Although he has 117 career Cup starts, he will make just his second career start in the 500.
He finished ninth in his qualifying race, avoiding the multicar crash that collected nine cars, including defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
"We have a speedway car that's a pretty good car for out team and we'd like to take it to Talladega in one piece," he said. "It's also important for us to get good points from Daytona to carry us. ... We'd love to come out there and win the Daytona 500 but the priority is to bring it home in one piece."