DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (July 3, 2017) – Daytona International Speedway is a special place for Florida native Scott Lagasse Jr. and a place that he enjoys racing at. Lagasse Jr. showed his enjoyment and expertise around the 2.5-mile track as he piloted his No. 26 Florida Lottery/ SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ Toyota to a 14th place finish in the running of the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250.
“What a weekend,” said Lagasse Jr. “I cannot thank James Whitener and this JGL Racing team enough for the opportunity to race this fast No. 26 Florida Lottery/ SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ Toyota Camry. We had such a good car, and it was a lot of fun racing in the top-5 with just a few laps remaining. I’m just disappointed we weren’t able to finish there. Our team worked hard and smart from the preparation to come here to the execution of having a fast car and I am grateful that they chose me to wheel it. Our SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ American Cancer Society message continues to raise awareness about cancer to the many watching the race at the track and at home on TV.”
Lagasse Jr. would qualify in the 24th position but he wouldn’t stay there long once the green flag flew. Scott would quickly move forward and would sit inside the top-15 when rain delayed the event until the next afternoon. Back to racing on Saturday, Lagasse Jr. would continue his charge forward and would crack the top-10 by lap 15. While he battled a loose handling condition on his No. 26 Toyota, Scott would manage throughout the remainder of the first stage and would sit in the 17th position.
Rain would once again cause a delay, but back to green flag racing the No. 26 Florida Lottery/ SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ Toyota would continue its charge and sit inside the top-10 for the majority of the second stage. While managing through traffic, Lagasse Jr. would finish the second stage in the 13th spot.
The last 40 laps of the event would see Scott show his strength on the 2.5-mile Daytona track as well as that of his No. 26 Toyota. Riding inside the top-10 for the majority of the time, Scott would get shuffled back in the field as he avoided multiple accidents in the closing laps. When the checkered flag flew, Lagasse Jr. would survive and come home with the 14th place finish.
“I want to thank the Florida Lottery for being on board and for this great program for students,” added Scott. “Florida Lottery is a great partner, and I know firsthand because this program put me through college, and that’s why I am so happy that we were able to promote their Bright Futures Scholarship program this weekend. Also a special shout out to my partners at the Florida Department of Transportation and our Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Program that does so much for Floridians to save lives. Please be ALERT TODAY FLORIDA, Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident!.”
The JGL Racing team will next head to Kentucky Speedway for the running of the Alsco 300. The 16th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season will be Friday July 7th and can be seen LIVE on NBCSN at 8:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.