Daytona Rain Challenges Lagasse in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250

by Roger

Scott Lagasse Jr. returned to Daytona International Speedway this weekend to compete in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250.

Sporting the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) insignia on his No. 29 car, Lagasse Jr. participated in the weekend’s only scheduled practice session on Thursday, posting speeds fast enough for the 14th position.

Though the skies were gray and the forecast less than desirable on Friday, the Nationwide Series cars took to the track for qualifying. Several minutes into round one, a handful of drivers hit a sudden wall of rain sending them spiraling down the backstretch. Lagasse Jr., close behind, was unable to avoid the out of control cars and made contact, terminally damaging his Alert Today Alive Tomorrow racecar.

NASCAR froze the field mid-accident, canceling the second and third rounds of qualifying due to inclement weather, and set the running order for the night’s race. Lagasse Jr. would start in the 28th position. The team quickly jumped into action, unloading the backup car from the hauler and preparing it for the race.

Lagasse Jr. dropped to the tail end of the field before the race due to his swap to a back-up car. He was quickly able to move up to the 11th position before experiencing a significant vibration. Lagasse Jr. ultimately finished the 100-lap event in the 31st position.

Scotty and NASCAR Representatives at the NASCAR Foundation Event

Throughout the weekend, Lagasse made appearances on and off the track. He participated with the NASCAR Foundation on Friday morning to help pack boxes for the Armed Forces Foundation’s: Operation Caring Classroom. After the NASCAR Foundation event, Lagasse Jr., participated in a Presser for the Department of Transportation, to unveil the Alert Today Florida Challenge. Throughout the weekend, Lagasse Jr. and other DOT Officials answered questions from fans and gave away Alert Today Alive Tomorrow prize packs at the Main Stage in the Sprint FanZone. Lagasse Jr. got involved in at-track activities on Saturday, where he signed autographs for fans at the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow display booth in the midway.

“The Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Team showed determination and perseverance this past weekend at Daytona. We were 14th fastest in practice on Thursday and I felt we had a good car for the race. During qualifying, we unfortunately got caught up in the sudden rain downpour that caused damage to many cars including ours. Crew members from many other teams came together to help us get our car ready for the race and it was impressive to see. Thank You to RAB and everyone that pitched in! The car felt really good as we climbed through the field early and then we developed a big vibration. Our team did a great job as we successfully completed the race,” said Lagasse Jr.
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