DAYTONA BEACH — Scott Lagasse still gets affluence of offers to drive chase cars, but he’s at a point in his activity area he can be added selective.
Start and park, don’t alike leave a message.
Second-rate equipment, acknowledgment but no thanks.
“Do you appetite to be antagonism the Cup agenda abounding time? Of course,” the disciplinarian from St. Augustine said. “That’s the dream. I’m aloof not in that position.
“Mentally, that’s not area I’m at anymore. It would booty a lot to get me to do article else. I’m aback home in St. Augustine, a boondocks I love. I accept two daughters and I’m happy.”
Today’s NASCAR Antagonism Experience 300 at the Daytona International Speedway will be one of Lagasse’s attenuate exceptions. He will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opener with every ambition to win.
Lagasse got bounded advice from Rimrock Devlin, a business development aggregation that donated its advocacy amplitude to abutment Tom Caughlin’s Jay Fund, a alms committed to accretion acquaintance of adolescence cancer. And for the aboriginal time in 13 career Xfinity starts at Daytona, he will accept the account of teammates in the 120-lap event.
“Our plan is to adhere aback and break out of trouble,” Lagasse said. “That’s not the way I commonly like to do it, but this time I accept a brace teammates I can assignment with to get to the advanced at the end of the race. We’re activity to comedy it safe. It consistently gets crazy at the end of anniversary articulation and we’re not segment-racing. We aloof appetite to get through all that. The car has abundant acceleration to get to the front, so I’m not worried.”
All three JD Motorsports drivers formed on single-car acceleration during Friday’s convenance session. Lagasse was 21st all-embracing at 186.819 mph, while Stephen Leicht was 26th and Garrett Smithley was 28th.
Chase Briscoe (196.455 mph), Tyler Reddick (196.344) and John Hunter Nemechek (196.202) were the top-three fastest drivers in the abstract during the alone convenance session.
Pole authorize is 9:40 this morning. The capital accident is appointed for a 2:30 p.m. blooming flag.
Lagasse still affairs to drive in the Trans-Am Series this year. His road-racing Camaros are congenital and maintained at the Team SLR shops on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine.
For now, that’s plenty.
“I still get calls,” he said. “It would accept to be article absolutely good. I don’t appetite to chase aloof to race. I’m not active like that. Things are a lot altered now. It’s whether you get a attempt or not. I’m beholden I’ve had added shots than most.”
Lagasse’s aftermost starts at Daytona came in 2017. He accomplished sixth in the 300, and he followed that up with a 14th-place accomplishment in the summer race. He additionally has finishes of 26th, third, ninth, seventh and fifth in the Truck Series.
Lagasse doesn’t apperceive what’s advanced in NASCAR. But as continued as the buzz keeps ringing, he will be both careful and advanced about his future.
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