Landon Cassill learned a valuable lesson while racing Late Models in his home state of Iowa.
While trading paint at a local short track with a rival -- in what the driver refers to as "a tickle fight" -- Cassill fenced the other racer and wrecked both cars.
Cassill, who was 15 at the time, recalls the immediate response of his father and then car owner: "I want you to go to the garage and park my race car. You need to know how to be aggressive without wrecking yourself."
If his father's scolding didn't have an effect on the aspiring driver, then having to repair his car and "draining my bank account" in the process most certainly did.
The experience came flooding back to Cassill on Sunday after he was wrecked by Danica Patrick on Lap 155 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. It's what prompted his radio reply, "You got to learn how to wreck somebody without wrecking yourself."
Patrick accepted responsibility for the accident. She called the situation with Cassill "a...