SCOTT LAGASSE JR. WINS NATIONAL LATE MODEL SERIES RACE AT VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK
Some of the best Dirt Late Model Racers from around the Southeast arrived at Volusia Speedway Park, Friday for practice and for Saturday’s National Late Model Series (NLMS) Race at the track known as the World’s Fastest Dirt half mile oval.
This would be Scott Lagasse Jr.’s (Scotty’s) second entry into a Hedman Hedders National Late Model Series Race and the first for the “Boy Scout Built” Car named “Lightning”. The car is sponsored by the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Bug Out Services, Action Heating & Air and Boy Scouts of America. “Lightning” was assembled from a bare frame to a complete Dirt Race Car by thousands of Boy Scouts this July at the BSA National Jamboree where the build was delayed several times by lightning storms and the inaugural race was also postponed by thunderstorms and lightning which motivated the team to name the car.
“This is a big win for us and all of the Scouts that helped build and sign the car.”
- Scott Lagasse Jr.
“This is a big win for us and all of the Scouts that helped build and sign the car. The National Late Model Series is a terrific series with some of the best dirt racers in the country. Many of these guys have gone out of their way to welcome us into the Series and I owe an extra Thank You to Ivedent Lloyd for his help,” said Lagasse.
The night began with one quick practice session followed by single car qualifying where the fastest six cars were locked in to the Main Event. All others would run heat races to determine the feature lineup. Lagasse qualified sixth and after the fan favorite draw the top six were inverted. Lagasse would start third.
When the green flag waved for the start it was obvious that this was going to be one of those races of multiple grooves and good close competition. Lagasse chose to run the bottom with the majority of the field on the top with everyone sideways looking for grip. “It was slick tonight and we made the decision early to focus our setup on running low around the track,” said Lagasse.
Lagasse raced hard to gain positions but the first and second place cars opened up some distance as he settled into third, with the pack of fourth through sixth close behind. By lap 10 “Lightning” began to really find speed as Lagasse pulled away from fourth and closing on second place. By lap 14, Lagasse set up the second place car for the pass and once clear was catching the leader.
The No. 8 BSA, St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Bug Out Services Chevy Camaro of Lagasse was hooked up and clearly the fastest car on the track. On lap 16, Lagasse ran down and passed the leader. Immediately Lagasse began pulling away.
Lap 18 the caution came out and Lagasse knew he would have his hands full again for a few laps as “Lightning” just didn’t seem to get going until the tires warmed up. The field would restart double file and as the green flag flew to begin lap 19, Lagasse made a great restart but the pressure was on as some of the guys on softer tires would have the advantage. By lap 21, Lagasse found himself back in fourth position racing hard to maintain, but by lap 24, the momentum swung back to Lagasse and “Lightning” as they began running down the leaders in traffic.
“The tire pressures and compounds we chose made for some tough racing on the restarts but we definitely made the right decisions. I just need to do a better job keeping heat in them during the cautions,” said Lagasse.
By lap 31, Lagasse was clearly the fastest car on the track as he passed both the third and second place cars, with his sights set on the leader. Lagasse consistently closed the several second gap to the leader, and on lap 42, Lagasse caught the leader at the start finish line and moved inside as they dove into Turn one side by side. Lagasse took the lead as they exited the corner and headed down the back straight with the yellow flag flying once again. The car Lagasse just passed had a tire go down and caused the caution. Lagasse knew that he would have 8 laps to the checkered flag and no time to lose position and come back for the win.
Lagasse worked the tires hard during the three caution laps. From the wave of the green flag to the checkered flag it was obvious Lagasse was on a mission. Lagasse ran the fastest laps of the race as he worked the bottom and middle grooves with second, third and fourth challengers close behind. Lagasse was able to open up a five car length advantage at the checkered flag for his and “Lightning’s” first big Dirt Late Model win in just a couple of races.
“Our car was really good and I want to thank everyone on our team for helping to make it possible. I could use a little more dirt racing experience to consistently run with these guys but when your car is good you have to close the deal. I can’t wait to race “Lightning” again, this really is going to be a fast race car,” said Lagasse.
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