Scott Lagasse Jr. Finishes Third in Daytona with a Shot to Win!

(St. Augustine, Fla.) February 23, 2015- The 2015 NASCAR season is officially underway. Scott Lagasse Jr. raced in both the NEXTera Energy 250 and the Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Before the racing even began, Lagasse Jr. and TeamSLR spread the safety message of “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow.” First, Lagasse drove an excited Cub Scout Blaze to school in his race car with a police escort. Students from Crown Point Elementary were cheering as the Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts of America, and Pinch A Penny Pools and Spas car arrived in the school parking lot.

TeamSLRNext, TeamSLR headed to Lake Mary, Florida with the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow showcar to be apart of the NASCAR “Acceleration Nation,” NASCARs newest STEM program. Team members talked about the car and discussed how important drafting, downforce and drag are to a NASCAR race car or race truck. Lagasse’s car was a hit with the young fans as they were able to view the car from different angles.

TeamSLROn race day, Lagasse made it to the final round of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, where he secured the ninth starting position for Friday’s NEXTera Energy Resources 250 event with a best lap of 48.108 seconds. In the opening race of the 2015 season, Lagasse spent most of the night inside the top five positions. With several large wrecks taking place throughout the evening, like those that have become customary at the superspeedway events, Lagasse did suffer minor right-front damage during the third caution of the night as an accordion-effect accident eliminated a dozen competitors. Pushing his hood slightly out of alignment, the team visited pit road several times during the caution, applying tape to ensure the hood would stay in place.

With only minor damage, the Florida native was able to continue in the event and climbed as high as the third position. Unsure how the aerodynamics of the truck would respond following the damage, Lagasse had to use caution when trying to make a move for the win. With no one pulling out of their single-file line until the exit of Turn 4, Lagasse Jr. was one of four drivers to race four-wide across the finish line.

In his debut with NTS Motorsports, Lagasse Jr. and the No. 20 Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts of America, Beck Chevrolet Silverado finished third at the historic Daytona International Speedway. After rolling off ninth in the 100-lap event, Lagasse was able to avoid the calamity that the 2.5-mile oval is notorious for, to record his career-best finish at the Florida track.

“We had a great night with our Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts of America, Beck Chevrolet Silverado. My NTS Motorsports team built a great truck, and I’m proud of the effort that we were able to put together on the track. I had a lot of fun; it’s always great to race at home with all of our partners and friends, and to have such a competitive ride just makes it that much better. If we wouldn’t have had that right-front fender damage, I really think we could have had a shot at the win. It’s great to kick off the season with a top-three finish,” said Lagasse Jr. after the Friday night race.

“Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” car in the Alert Today Florida 300
On Saturday, in the Alert Today Florida 300, Lagasse Jr. and the Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts America, Pinch A Penny Pools and Spas team wanted to follow-up the Friday night run, with a good finish on Saturday. The Qualifying Session for the Alert Today Florida 300 was on Saturday. Lagasse was in the third qualifying group and followed in line for three laps to log a time consistent with the 25th starting spot. When qualifying was over, Lagasse was marked to start 37th until the final ruling of the group two wreck, which knocked him out of the starting line-up. Trading numbers with teammate, Jeff Green, Lagasse and crew “thrashed” to prepare the No. 10 for the green flag. Starting from the 22nd spot, the No. 10 Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts of America, Pinch A Penny Pools and Spas, car ran consistently around the 23rd position. On lap 94, as the cars were coming to the start/finish line, as they began to wreck. Lagasse Jr. was caught up in the crash and was not able to to finish the race. Lagasse was credited with a 37th place finish.

“It was not the day we were looking for, but I’d like to thank the guys at TriStar Motorsports for their hard work. I would also like to thank Alert Today Florida, Boy Scouts of America, and Pinch A Penny Pools and Spas for all of their support this weekend. What a wild race,” said Lagasse Jr.

On Sunday, Lagasse Jr. joined the Alert Today Florida team on the Florida Department of Transportation Main Stage in the Sprint Fan Zone for a Q&A session as well as some games. Lagasse then went to the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” tent to do an autograph session for NASCAR fans, while they were being taught how to be safe when using the road as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorist.

Follow Scotty on Twitter@scottlagasse and FACEBOOK/scottlagassejr for your chances to win autographed merchandise. Online at scottlagasse.com and teamslr.com.

About the Florida DOT:
The Florida Department of Transportation’s primary responsibility is to coordinate planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced state transportation system serving all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities. Florida’s transportation system includes roadway, air, rail, sea, spaceports, bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. For more information on the Florida Department of Transportation, please visit www.dot.state.fl.us. For more information on Florida’s Focused Initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety, please visit www.alerttodayflorida.com.

About The Boy Scouts of America:
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes – and, through over a century of experience, knows – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of almost 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and 1 million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About Pinch A Penny:
Since opening its first store in 1975, Pinch A Penny has become the largest franchised retail pool, patio and spa company. A family-owned business, Pinch A Penny began with the Thomas family opening a discount store within an industrial park in Clearwater, Florida. This first store evolved into a full-time, full-service retail pool supply store offering everything needed to operate and enjoy a swimming pool or spa. Pinch A Penny carries a wide variety of swimming pool products such as chemicals, equipment, patio furniture, giftware, toys and floats for the pool.Pinch A Penny began issuing franchises in 1976, always promoting its “family-owned” culture. Today, Pinch A Penny is 220 stores strong and growing and provides virtually every product needed to help enjoy a pool or spa to its fullest. The company’s meteoric rise proves that knowledge, hard work, integrity and the care and commitment that can only come from such a labor of love is the greatest avenue to success. Please visit online: http://store.pinchapenny.com

About Scott Lagasse Jr:
Scott Jr. has been winning races since the age of seven on motorcycles, karts, modifieds, NASCAR Late Models, ASA Series, ARCA, Dirt Late Models and more. Scott is now focused on winning at the top levels of NASCAR. For more information about Scott Lagasse Jr./ TeamSLR and The Boy Scouts of America NASCAR program, please visit www.teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter@scottlagasse FACEBOOK/scottlagassejr

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