LAGASSE JR. BATTLES WAY TO 13TH-PLACE FINISH Improves to 13th in NNS Point Standings BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 20, 2010) - The Dr. GadgetRacing team made numerous adjustments to the No. 43 Ford Fusion throughout the first half ...
LAGASSE JR. BATTLES WAY TO 13TH-PLACE FINISH
Improves to 13th in NNS Point Standings
BRISTOL, Tenn., (March 20, 2010) - The Dr. GadgetRacing team made numerous adjustments to the No. 43 Ford Fusion throughout the first half of Saturday's Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway enabling Scott Lagasse Jr. to run several laps in the top 10 during the second half of the race and bring home a season-best 13th-place finish. With his second top- 15 finish of the young season, Lagasse Jr. improved from 19th to 13th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings.
"We struggled during practice and qualifying, but we battled all race to make the Dr. Gadget Ford faster and ended up with a decent finish." said Lagasse Jr. This team is continuing to improve but we won't be satisfied until we are consistently running in the top 10 and competing for wins."
Lagasse Jr. started the race from the 27th position. He ran outside the top 25 during the first 50 laps of the race as he communicated to crew chief Jeff White that the Dr. Gadget Ford Fusion was too tight. On lap 89 the St. Augustine, FL native surrendered a lap to race leader Kasey Kahne but wouldn't stay a lap down for long. After a four-car accident, which brought out the red flag, on lap 91, Lagasse Jr. was awarded the "Lucky Dog" and would returned to the lead lap.
When pit road opened the Dr. Gadget0x04a1cing crew made numerous adjustments to Lagasse's No. 43, including an air pressure adjustment, track bar adjustment, put two rubbers in the left rear spring and returned to the track scored in the 25th position.
The adjustments helped free the Dr. GadgetFord Fusion and Lagasse Jr. raced his way into the top 20 for the first time. After a caution occurred on lap 147 with the No. 43 in the 17th position, crew chief Jeff White decided to improve track position and kept the Dr. Gadget Ford Fusion on the track while many other cars on the lead lap pitted.
Lagasse Jr. restarted the race from the 7th position on lap 151 and continued to run in the top 10 for the next 40 laps. As the race moved to the final 100 laps, the young driver slid outside of top 10 but manage to settle into the top 15.
When the a caution occurred on lap 266 and the No. 43 in 12th, crew chief Jeff White called for Lagasse Jr. to bring his Ford down pit road. The Dr. Gadget Racing crew put four fresh tires on the car and sent him back to the track in the 18th position. After the race went back to green-flag conditions, Lagasse Jr. began moving past his competitors in hopes of making his way back into the top 10. He came up just short of achieving that goal, but did manage to secure his best finish of the 2010 season.
Lagasse Jr. will be back in action Saturday, April 3rd, when the Nationwide Series takes to Nashville Superspeedway for the Nashville 300.
-source: baker curb racing