STRONG SHOWING FOR LAGASSE JR. IN KANSAS
On Friday, October 4, 2013, Scott Lagasse Jr. reunited with Cunningham Motorsports in an effort to place another win on their resumes and quickly showed why the competition was worried. This was the finale for the 2013 ARCA Stock Car Racing Series at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
Lagasse is no stranger to the 1.5 mile Kansas Speedway where he has won in the past and the cars reach speeds in excess of 190 mph and average over 175 mph. Even though Lagasse never sat in this car before Friday morning’s practice, he and the team showed how good they work together as they began dialing in the cars handling for the night time race. The car proved to be very fast in the only practice of the day and in qualifying. Lagasse posted the sixth fastest time in the FORT KNOX Vaults car.
“These cars are really fast and fun to drive around a track like this.”
- Scott Lagasse Jr.
“These cars are really fast and fun to drive around a track like this. There are some really good cars and drivers here that we will need to outrace. I think we have a good car for tonight and with this rain coming and likely a shorter race, we are going to try to get to the front as quickly as we can,” said Lagasse.
The race was aired live on FOX Sports 1 and was on a hurry up schedule due to the severe weather forecast with rains just some 20 miles away and headed toward Kansas Speedway.
As the 32 cars came out of turn four to take the green flag, Lagasse timed it perfectly. Starting in the sixth spot, Lagasse took advantage of the momentum he built up along the front straight and combined with his confidence that the tires would grip, he rocketed through turn one passing everyone between he and the leader. Lagasse was side by side with the leader as they exited onto the backstretch and completed the pass to take the lead.
Lagasse began opening up a sizable lead over the next several laps setting a pace quicker than qualifying speeds. “My crew chief Chad Bryant did a great job today with the changes and our car was really fast at first but I could feel that as we ran we were getting tighter and needed one more adjustment to be really good,” said Lagasse.
On lap 13 Lagasse had a close call while lapping a slower car that suddenly moved high in the corner with Lagasse narrowly missing the outside wall. Just three laps later a similar situation happened while lapping another ill handling car that caused Lagasse to lose momentum allowing the second place car to move along side.
Lagasse and the second place car, No. 17 put on quite a show over the next several laps as they raced side by side, splitting slower cars three wide inside and outside. On lap 19 as the two exited turn 2, the No. 17 ran into the left rear of Lagasse, sending both cars into the outside wall and putting both teams out of the race.”I’m really not sure what the 17 was thinking. We had a great car and certainly a shot to win. I am grateful for the opportunity and a special thank you to all of our partners FORT KNOX Vaults, St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Jack Wilson Chevrolet Buick GMC, Bug Out Services and especially the Boy Scouts of America, ” said Lagasse.
The race was shortened from 99 laps to 65 laps due to the severe weather near Kansas Speedway. The race was won by Frank Kimmel as he broke the all-time record for wins in the ARCA Series with his 80th win.
Stay tuned for more racing with Scott as he will race his “Scout Built” National Late Model Dirt Series car in Savannah, Ga. on October 11-12, followed by Waycross, Ga. on October 25-26 and Volusia Speedway Park on November 8-9.
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