IIS7 supports this by using
<system.webServer> configuration element to set module's
Since Cassini is a managed server it serves requests in a similar way as IIS7 does. All requests are handled by managed code. By similar I mean it executes HttpModules for every single request even if it's static content (scripts, style sheets, images etc.).
It also appears that Cassini ignores
<system.webServer> configuration settings.
Q: Is it possible to either force Cassini not to execute complete pipeline for static content or to obey
No it's not. Which is why testing against IIS is always a good idea :)