Lagasse penalized after runner-up finish. Pendleton, Ind. (April 28, 2003) -- American Speed Association LLC officials announced today that Nelson/Lagasse Motorsports will be sanctioned for failing post-race technical inspection after ...
Lagasse penalized after runner-up finish.
Pendleton, Ind. (April 28, 2003) -- American Speed Association LLC officials announced today that Nelson/Lagasse Motorsports will be sanctioned for failing post-race technical inspection after Saturday night's ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia.
Scott Lagasse Jr. drove the No. 20 Nelson/Lagasse Motorsports Chevrolet to a strong second-place finish in the 250-lap event, but his car was found to be too low during post-race inspection. The 2003 ASA Racing Official Rulebook states that the minimum ground clearance for all main frame rails must be 4.0 inches prior to and following an event. Lagasse's car cleared technical inspection prior to the event, but in post-race inspection it was too low. Lagasse will keep the second-place finish, but has been fined 10 percent of his earnings from the event and 50 championship points.
"The car was wrong and it is my fault," Scott Lagasse Sr. said. "We had a height issue with the car when we got here. When we loaded it at the shop it was fine, but when we got here, it was low. We adjusted the car as we needed and before qualifying it was fine. Now it's low again. We are trying some things with the suspension and we need to reevaluate what we did. I apologize to everyone associated with the team that we made this mistake, but that is what it was. It was a mistake and we will do the research needed to avoid something similar happening again."
In qualifying at Lanier, ride-height issues caused Lagasse to miss his appointed qualifying slot, which automatically sent him to second-round qualifying. It was costly, as Lagasse posted a top-five qualifying lap but started the race 11th. By rule, as a second-round qualifier, he could start no better than 11th in the race.
During technical inspection prior to and following qualifying or a race, the ASA cars are filled with VP Racing fuel and the BFGoodrich Traction T/A Radial Tires are set at the recommended BFGoodrich Tires air pressures. At that point, the car must meet the specifications stated in the rulebook.
"Per the rulebook, the ride height is a four-inch minimum with no tolerance," ASA Technical Director Kim Shaver said. "We hate that this happened after the young man had such a strong race, but we have to enforce the rulebook and that rulebook states a minimum four-inch clearance for all main frame rails. We felt that for the infraction, the fine and point deduction was a fitting penalty."