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NASCAR Racer Scott Lagasse, Jr. Takes 8th with STEM Scouts Truck

DSC_9902Did you catch the big NASCAR race on Friday with BSA Racing’s Scott Lagasse, Jr. and his STEM Scouts truck? Viewers were hanging from the edge of their seats for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday, May 8. Equipped with a STEM Scouts emblazoned Chevy truck, Lagasse, Jr. snagged 8th place after zipping through 166 laps on the track.

“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,” shared Lagasse, Jr. “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.” 

But despite the ups and downs from the race, Scott secured a solid spot in the top ten and is looking ahead for the next race.

“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,” said Lagasse, Jr. “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.”


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After crossing the finish line Scott caught up with some very inquisitive Scouts who were eager to hear about Scott’s take on the race and how it applied to STEM.

When one Scout asked why he started at the 11th place versus the first place, Scott explained that he lost speed and momentum once his rear tire lost grip in the turn. Instead of dropping the conversation at that, the Scouts were enthralled with the science behind the race. And with every answer Scott threw at them, another ‘why’ followed. The boys’ fascination was contagious, stopping nearby FOX Sports cameramen in their tracks. The camera crew quickly headed over to the lively group and filmed the whole interaction for TV.

4 tires changed,  a full tank of gas delivered, and a suspension adjustment for Scott Jr and the STEM Scout NASCAR Race Truck in 14 seconds flat.
4 tires changed, a full tank of gas delivered, and a suspension adjustment for Scott Jr and the STEM Scout NASCAR Race Truck in 14 seconds flat.

The live-action continues 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. and on FOX Sports 1. 

Reminder about BSA Racing

The BSA Racing program is a royalty-free arrangement, meaning that thanks to the generous support of Scott Lagasse Racing, there’s no cash investment from the BSA. Instead, the BSA lists supporters as national sponsors in its promotional materials — that’s it. 

Hayley

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.