LAGASSE JR. EQUALS CAREER BEST WITH EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT PIR Moves Up to 10th in the NNS Driver Point Standings AVONDALE, Ariz., (April 9, 2010) -- Scott Lagasse Jr. continued his rise through the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings with...
LAGASSE JR. EQUALS CAREER BEST WITH EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT PIR
Moves Up to 10th in the NNS Driver Point Standings
AVONDALE, Ariz., (April 9, 2010) -- Scott Lagasse Jr. continued his rise through the NASCAR Nationwide Series Point Standings with a career-best tying eighth-place finish Friday in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. For the fifth straight week the second-generation driver moved up in the driver point standings, climbing into 10th place, one point behind Mike Wallace for ninth.
"The Jason Aldean/Broken Bow Records Ford Fusion wasn't the best early in the race, but our team kept working hard to make it better all race long and we maximized at the end," said Lagasse Jr. "The guys at the shop have been putting in a lot of hours lately and their hard work is really paying off. Our Roush-Yates engine was real strong tonight and I have to thank Ford for all the technical support they provide us."
In qualifying Friday afternoon Lagasse Jr. made his way around the one-mile track at a speed of 129.125 mph (27.880), earning the ninth starting spot for the race. In the early laps of the race, the 29-year old slowly drifted out of the top 10 as he communicated to his crew that his Ford Fusion lacked grip. When the second caution of the race occurred on lap 32, Lagasse Jr. brought his No. 43 down pit road where the team put on four fresh tires, filled it with fuel and made a trackbar adjustment.
As the race moved past the halfway mark, the St. Augustine, FL native continued to communicate that the car lacked grip. The team caught a break on lap 113 when a caution occurred as race-leader Kyle Busch was just about to make his way around Lagasse Jr. who was running in the 21st position.
On lap 136 Lagasse Jr. made his way back into the top 15, where he would remain for the rest of the race. When the last caution of the race occurred on lap 189 several teams used different strategies to prepare for the final laps of the race. The No. 43 team chose to take four tires and make a trackbar adjustment. The move to take four fresh tires proved to pay off as Lagasse Jr. maneuvered the No. 43 Jason Aldean/Broken Bow Records Ford Fusion from 13th to eighth in the final seven laps of the race to pick-up his first top-10 finish of the season.
Lagasse Jr. will look to continue his rise through the point standings next Saturday, April 17th, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly 300.