LAGASSE JR. COMES FROM TWO LAPS DOWN TO FINISH 17TH IN SAM'S TOWN 300 LAS VEGAS, Nev., (February 28, 2010) -- After earning his first career top 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year, Scott Lagasse Jr. entered this weekend's race with high ...
LAGASSE JR. COMES FROM TWO LAPS DOWN TO FINISH 17TH IN SAM'S TOWN 300
LAS VEGAS, Nev., (February 28, 2010) -- After earning his first career top 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year, Scott Lagasse Jr. entered this weekend's race with high hopes of a repeat performance. A penalty for jumping the restart on lap 92 put the No. 43 Dr. Gadget®/everybodygets1.com Ford Fusion two laps down and made for a long Sam's Town 300, but the team managed to get back on the lead lap late in the race and earn a respectable 17th--place finish.
"It's very difficult to go two laps down, especially on a judgment call, but this team didn't give up.," said Lagasse Jr. "17th-place is not a reflection of what kind of car we had today or what this team is capable of doing. The car drove much better today and I look for this team to continue to improve as the season progresses."
Lagasse Jr. started the Sam's Town 300 from the 32nd position. The team took advantage of a caution on lap 12 and filled the No. 43 Dr. Gadget®/everybodygets1.com Ford Fusion with fuel and put four fresh tires on. The St. Augustine, FL native worked his way through the field advancing into the top 20 on lap 55.
As the leaders began to pit, Lagasse Jr. made his way up to the third position before having to pit on lap 65. Shortly after returning to the track he surrendered a lap to the leader as he communicated to crew chief Jeff White that the car needed to turn better from the center-off of the corners.
After pitting under caution on lap 86, the No. 43 Dr. Gadget®/everybodygets1.com Ford Fusion returned to the track scored in 22nd position. As the field came down the frontstretch for the restart, Lagasse Jr. moved to the right to avoid contact with several cars checking up in front of him. NASCAR ruled that he jumped the restart and issued a pass-through penalty.
Lagasse Jr. brought his No. 43 Ford Fusion through pit road to serve the penalty and returned to the track two laps down in 24th position. He remained two laps down until a caution occurred on lap 146. When the leaders pitted, he remained on the track to take advantage of the wave around rule and moved to just one lap down.
When the race restarted on lap 150, Lagasse Jr. was in 22nd position. He quickly made his way around the three other drivers one lap down, putting himself in a position for the lucky dog. When another caution occurred on lap 167, the No. 43 Dr. Gadget®/everybodygets1.com Ford Fusion was awarded the lucky dog and was back on the lead lap. Once on the lead lap Lagasse Jr. ran the last 30 laps in the 17th position, earning his second straight top-20 finish.
Lagasse Jr. and the Dr. Gadget®/everybodygets1.com Racing team will be back in action Saturday, March 20th, when the Nationwide Series takes to Bristol Motor Speedway.
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