LAGASSE JR. OVERCOMES OBSTACLES FOR 21ST-PLACE FINISH TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2010) -- Before the green-flag dropped on Sunday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, Scott Lagasse Jr. had to bring his No. 43 Autism Awareness Month Ford...
LAGASSE JR. OVERCOMES OBSTACLES FOR 21ST-PLACE FINISH
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 25, 2010) -- Before the green-flag dropped on Sunday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway, Scott Lagasse Jr. had to bring his No. 43 Autism Awareness Month Ford Fusion down pit road, where the Baker Curb Racing team changed the battery. Lagasse Jr. returned to the track behind the field for the start of the race. After battling his way back onto the lead lap, Lagasse's Ford Fusion received damage from a minor incident on pit road and then was later caught up in a seven-car incident on the track. Despite all the troubles, Lagasse Jr. finished the race in the 21st position and remained in the top 10 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings.
"The Autism Awareness Month Ford Fusion was very fast in practice, unfortunately we had an early issue and wound up chasing the field from behind all day" said Lagasse Jr. "It is really disappointing that we never got to show how strong this car was. It seemed like every time we took two steps forward we ended up taking three steps back."
Lagasse Jr. was entering pit road regularly-scheduled stop under green flag conditions on lap 92. As he was entering his pit stall, Justin Allgaier was exiting his simultaneously and the two made slight contact, causing minor damage to the No. 43 Ford Fusion. When Lagasse Jr. returned to the track, he once again found himself a lap down.
The Baker Curb Racing crew worked to pull out the fender on the subsequent pit stops as Lagasse Jr. continued to attempt to race himself back on the lead lap. On lap 113 he got caught up in a seven car incident that caused more damage to the No. 43 Autism Awareness Ford Fusion and ended hopes of returning to the lead lap.
Lagasse Jr., who is currently tenth in the Nationwide Series point standings, will be back in action Friday, April 30th, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Richmond International Raceway.