LAGASSE & STEM SCOUTS TRUCK EARNED EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY

(St. Augustine, Fla.) May 9, 2015

Scott Lagasse, Jr. put forth a solid effort in his second start in 2015, earning his second top-10 finish of the year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Although he fought varying handling conditions throughout the 167-lap race, Lagasse and the STEM Scouts team continued to adjust on pit stops and ran solidly in the top 10 in the latter stages, ultimately finishing eighth at Kansas Speedway.

After earning an 11th-place starting position in the final round of knockout qualifying, Lagasse relayed shortly after the green flag to crew chief Chris Rice that his No. 31 STEM Scouts/ Beck Chevy was too loose. TeamSLRWhen the first caution flag of the night waved on lap 12, Rice and the NTS Motorsports crew took the opportunity to bring Lagasse down pit road for fuel and a wedge adjustment, returning to the track scored in the 17th position. With his handling slightly improved but now leaning towards tight, Lagasse had gained two spots by the time the second yellow flag was displayed on lap 42. A quick stop for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment put Lagasse in the 12th position when racing resumed on lap 47. Lagasse was 11th when the field reached the third caution period on lap 67, but a quick two-tire stop had him in the fifth position for the lap 72 restart. After defending his spot in the top five in the beginning of the run, Lagasse had slipped back to 10th when the final caution flag of the night waved. However, the handling on the No. 31 Silverado was much improved, and the NTS crew decided that four tires and tape on the grille would be all the truck needed to compete for the win. Restarting ninth, Lagasse found that the handling wasn’t consistent with the previous run, allowing him to only maintain his position as the laps clicked by. Cutting it close on fuel mileage, the STEM Scouts/Beck Chevy sputtered out when the white flag was displayed, and the team was forced to visit pit road on the final lap of the race. However, as other competitors were also running out of fuel as well, Lagasse still drove his No. 31 Silverado over the finish line in the eighth spot.

Scott Lagasse, Jr. on Kansas Speedway:TeamSLR
“We definitely experienced both ends of the spectrum as far as handling went tonight; we were loose, then we went a little snug, but I really thought we were going to be great on that final run with just a little tape on the nose. Unfortunately, for some reason, after we made the final pit stop, we were just sliding the nose. I really thought we had our STEM Scouts Chevrolet closer to balanced. I’m really grateful to Bob Newberry for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of this No. 31 Truck this week, and to the Boy Scouts of America STEM Scouts program for their support to make this race possible. This team is not far off from a win and we learned a lot this weekend. I think tonight’s experience puts us in a great spot to get better for future intermediate tracks.

The NCWTS hits the track once again next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 airs live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Both practices will be aired on FOX Sports 1 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Qualifying will be aired on race day at 5:30 p.m. also on FOX Sports 1.

You can stay informed on Scotty’s and TeamSLR’s plans by following on Facebook and Twitter as we will be announcing races and events when the become available. Follow Scotty on Twitter: @scottlagasse and Facebook: /scottlagassejr.

About STEM Scouting:
STEM Scouts work with professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through weekly meeting and four to six week modules that cover a variety of discipline. STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking and fun. The coed program, available to elementary, middle and high school students provides great opportunity for collaboration and gives all youth a chance to become STEM experts. The BSA launched the STEM Scouts pilot Program in 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Visit www.stemscouts.org for more information.

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 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 teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr

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