Scott Lagasse Jr & Alert Today Florida Have Solid Run At Homestead-Miami Speedway

(St. Augustine, Fla.) November 23, 2015

Driving the Alert Today Florida/Pinch A Penny/Boy Scouts Of America/ Beck Chevrolet Silverado in the final race of the year, Scott Lagasse, Jr. recorded another top-15 finish.

Before this weekend, Scott Lagasse Jr. had only seen the Homestead-Miami Speedway through the windshield of a NASCAR Xfinity Series race car. NASCAR Camping World Trucks handle dramatically different and Homestead-miami is arguably one of the most difficult tracks on the NASCAR circuit to navigate for a driver. Lagasse took advantage of every minute in Friday’s only practice session to adapt to how these trucks handle at 185mph through the tricky corners. He had the added challenge of racing against drivers that race these trucks every week and have a high level of comfort in these really fast trucks. Lagasse had his work cut out for him, but with his skill and experience, he was up for the challenge. He and his crew chief made adjustments to the race truck and brought it up to a competitive level by the end of practice, in spite of several challenges that included changing a transmission.

Qualifying was Friday afternoon. Lagasse and his Alert Today Florida team went on the track and laid down a lap time of 32.868 seconds, making him the 16th fastest out of the 36 trucks attempting to qualify for the race.

TeamSLRAfter starting the race in the 16th position, Lagasse maintained his position inside the top 20 while the team worked to find front grip throughout the opening stages of the race. Steadily improving their position, the Alert Today Florida team made a series of adjustments to keep up with the changing track.

With a solid pit strategy, Lagasse moved up as high as the 10th position during the lap 89 restart. However, Lagasse’s upper lane was slowed as one of the frontrunners spun their tires on the restart, and the Florida native was quickly relegated to the 21st position. Lagasse found a good groove for his truck on the racetrack, and began posting lap times mirroring those of the leaders, which allowed him to move aggressively through the field. By the time the checkered flag waved, Lagasse navigated Alert Today Florida / Pinch A Penny / Boy Scouts of America truck to a 15th-place finish.

“I’m very proud of my Alert Today Florida/Pinch A Penny team. We fought hard all day making our Chevy Silverado better. This team never gave up until the checkered flag waved. I wish the race would have gone on longer, because our truck was really good on the long green flag runs, we just never got the track position to run with the leaders. Thank you to all of our partners, everyone who is part of our program and it’s continued growth. We are looking forward to great things in the future and especially for the 2016 season,” said Lagasse.

TeamSLRLagasse Jr. had a busy week with promotions for Alert Today Florida, Pinch A Penny Pools and the Boy Scouts of America. It began with a visit to a local Pinch A Penny store in Cutler Bay on Wednesday. Lagasse talked with customers about pools, his safety program with Alert Today FL and anything racing. Some lucky customers were able to climb inside Lagasse’s race car, to see what it is really like to be inside a NASCAR race car.

“Pinch A Penny, Florida’s Leading Pool and Supply Retailer, is a great place to get all of your pool supplies and needs. They are the true pool experts. I am in the process of building a pool, and Pinch-A-Penny is where I am going because they are the experts,” said Lagasse.

Thursday morning, Lagasse drove a South Florida Council Boy Scout to school in his NASCAR Race car. Fourth grader, Jake Nimark, climbed out of the car to the screams of over 300 students, faculty, and staff. Read more about the Drive A Scout to School here from Bryan on Scouting.

“Driving a Scout to School is one of the coolest events our team takes part in. The atmosphere when we arrive to the school is incredible, the Scout is the most talked about student on campus. It is a great way for us to promote Scouting, and teach the young kids about pedestrian and bicycle safety,” said Lagasse.

Lagasse’s next race is on December 12, 2015 at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL, where he will race “Lightning” (the Race car built by Boy Scouts) in the Donnie Tanner Memorial Series Late Models-Special Event with Pinch-A-Penny as the primary sponsor.

Stay connected with Scotty by following on Facebook and Twitter as we will be announcing races and events when they become available. Follow Scotty on Twitter: @scottlagasse and Facebook: /scottlagassejr.

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

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