UNTIMELY CAUTION SPOILS PROMISING DAY FOR LAGASSE JR. LEBANON, Tenn., (April 3, 2010) -- After qualifying a season-best eighth for Saturday's Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, Scott Lagasse Jr. had high hopes of being able to compare ...
UNTIMELY CAUTION SPOILS PROMISING DAY FOR LAGASSE JR.
LEBANON, Tenn., (April 3, 2010) -- After qualifying a season-best eighth for Saturday's Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, Scott Lagasse Jr. had high hopes of being able to compare guitars with his race sponsor, Broken Bow Record's artist Jason Aldean. "The Truth" was that an untimely caution while the Nashville-based driver was making a green-flag pit stop on lap 104 put the No. 43 team in a hole they wouldn't be able to dig themselves out of. Lagasse Jr. managed to get one of his two laps back but finished the race with a disappointing 21st-place finish.
"This finish is not reflective of the car that we had this weekend and that is very disappointing," said Lagasse Jr. "We've been improving every week and I wanted to have a strong run with our team and sponsors both being based in Nashville. Sometimes things happen that are out of your control and that was the case for our team this week."
The St. Augustine, FL native spent the majority of the first 50 laps running in the top 15 while communicating to his crew chief Jeff White that the Broken Bow Records/Jason Aldean: WIDE OPEN Ford Fusion lacked rear grip. White ordered Lagasse Jr. to bring his No. 43 down pit road on lap 104 where the team would put on four fresh tires, made a trackbar adjustment and filled the car with fuel. While the team was making the changes, a caution occurred on the race track.
When the race restarted on lap 114, Lagasse Jr. found himself two laps down in 31st position. As the race progressed the team did everything it could to try and get laps back including topping off with fuel during cautions in hopes of long green-flag runs. The No. 43 Jason Aldean: WIDE OPEN Ford Fusion would finally get one lap back when a caution occurred on lap 191. As the leaders pitted, Lagasse Jr. remained on the track to receive the wave-around.
The No. 43 Ford Fusion was scored in the 23rd position needing to get by two cars to put himself in the position for the "Lucky Dog" when the race restarted on lap 195. Lagasse Jr. was turning laps as fast at the cars in the top-10 as he made his way up to 21st on lap 200 putting himself in position for the "Lucky Dog" should a caution occur. Unfortunately the race would remain under green flag conditions the rest of the way and the team would have to settle for 21st position.
Lagasse Jr., who moved up one spot to 12th in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, will be back in action Friday, April 9th, when the Nationwide Series takes to Phoenix International Raceway.