Richard Childress Racing announced Tuesday Scott Lagasse Jr. will be competing in four NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season, beginning with the June race at Iowa Speedway. He will compete in the organization’s No. 3 Chevrolet.
Lagasse, a 36-year-old veteran from St. Augustine, Florida is no stranger to the sport’s top divisions. He has 62 XFINITY Series starts and 26 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts over the past 12 years, earning a best finish of third in the 2015 Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
The sponsor for Lagasse’s four starts will be announced at a later date.
This announcement serves as the veteran’s second chance at RCR. In 2014, he was going to start at Homestead in their No. 33 Chevrolet but contracted a stomach virus and was replaced by Paul Menard at the last minute.
Lagasse is coming off a pretty good Speedweeks at his home track. Driving for GMS Racing, he finished seventh in the Truck Series race and backed it up with a sixth the next day in the XFINITY Series with JGL Racing. Lagasse is also a cancer survivor, beating colon cancer in 2015 and has been in remission since.
RCR also officially announced that the No. 3 will be full-time and competing for an owner’s championship this season, with Cup Series rookie Ty Dillon in the driver’s seat for 27 races. With Lagasse in the ride for four races, this leaves only two races left on the schedule for RCR to fill out.
“Knowing the history of the No. 3 car and what it means to Mr. Childress, it is a real honor for me to be a part of this team,” said Lagasse. “I look forward to helping RCR win an owner’s championship this season.”
In addition to Iowa, the other three races Lagasse will be racing in for RCR will be at Road America, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Homestead-Miami Speedway. If the No. 3 does make it to the final four this season in owner’s points, Lagasse will be the driver trying to win a championship at Homestead for the team.
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