(EXCLUSIVE) When the big one struck during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, @ScottLagasse Jr. was one of the drivers that had damage. His NTS Motorsports team would quickly go to work, making the necessary repairs, getting him back on track.
He would then drive the No. 20 Alert Today FL/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet back to the front of the field, crossing the finish line third for his best career finish.
“It was a great race,” Lagasse reflected on Friday night. “We had a great truck and it was nice to get the NTS Motorsports guys the finish that they deserved. It was a lot of fun working with them. We had a really strong truck; thought we could’ve won it.
“We got caught up in that wreck, but were able to get back up there and get a good finish. It’s a great run and certainly something that I’m proud of.”
For the St. Augustine, Florida native, the finish is that much more special with family and friends on hand.
“I had a lot of family and friends in the grandstands and to do well in front of them means a lot,” he commented. “It was definitely a great night.”
Going through the final turns and coming to the tri-oval in the third spot behind the Brad Keselowski Racing teammates, Lagasse doesn’t feel there was anything different that he could’ve done coming to the checkered flag.
“We had front end damage on the truck from the earlier incident and under caution, we heard discussions that they were going to try and get us out of line,” Lagasse cited. “I felt comfortable where I was running was knowing that we’d get a good finish.”
Lagasse did make an attempt to pass @TylerReddick coming off of turn four, that unfortunately didn’t pan out.
“I tried to back up to Erik Jones to get a run and jump out, but it just didn’t work out as planned,” he continued. “I don’t think there was anything that could be done. If somebody knows something that could’ve been down, please do let me know as I’m always trying to learn and willing to try it.”
Lagasse also ran the XFINITY race on Saturday, though he finished 37th.
“I thought we also could’ve had a good run for TriStar Motorsports, but unfortunately that didn’t go as well as we got caught up in someone else’s wreck,” he commented.
Beyond Daytona, the only announcements made in regards to Lagasse’s season are him running the Truck Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for NTS Motorsports. As for the rest of the season, those plans are up in the air right now.
“I couldn’t tell you right now,” he commented. “I’d like to run some more truck races for NTS and some XFINITY races for TriStar Motorsports, but there’s nothing set up right now. Hopefully, we can get some things in works and run some more races this year.”