Broken Trailing Arm Bracket Costs Nick Lascuola A Win in Seekonk Late Models

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ABINGTON, MA – Team PR –  Nick Lascoula’s night went from a fast-moving oncoming “victory train” to the “pit area express” on Saturday at Seekonk Speedway.

Leading by a straightaway with just seven laps left in the Late Model feature, a broken trailing arm bracket forced the personable 16-year-old to the pits and cost him what surely would have been his first victory in the division in only his fifth start.

There are always conflicting emotions when something of this nature happens, but the youngster handled it as well as you could expect of a racer who has continually defied expectations and set high goals for himself.

“I want to be happy that we were leading and that we still ended up ninth and that we showed we could win in only our fifth start in a late model, but…” Nick’s voice trails off as he shakes his head. “It’s tough to lose one like that. We had it. It was ours to lose and we lost it, but it wasn’t anyone’s fault. I did everything I could. The team gave me a winning car. Parts break. That’s part of racing. It’s just tough when it happens like that. I have to thank everyone I raced with tonight for racing me clean. Congratulations to Dylan (Estrella) on getting another win. He’s a good friend and a great driver. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be for us tonight but boy we were so close!”

After running the fastest lap in each of the first two practices and finishing third in his heat, Nick knew he had a chance at a podium finish or better (top three) in the feature.

He started fourth and got to third before an early spin by Jeramee Lillie slowed the field momentarily.

Racing with longtime rival Brendan Dion after the restart, Nick saw an opportunity on the fifth lap and dove under both Dion and veteran hotshoe Gerry DeGasparre off turn four to charge from fourth to second with a textbook three-wide pass!

From there, the chase was on for Nick to catch and pass early leader Charlie Rose as eventual winner Estrella was racing Nick from behind.

It took until lap 15 for the yellow and black No. 39 to take control but once he did he built up a straightaway advantage over the rest of the field.

Estrella took over second and thus was in position to inherit the top spot when Nick’s car broke with just seven circuits left.

“We’ve had three top fives and five top tens in five late model starts,” Nick said. “Our goal has been to race clean and finish every race and that’s still our goal. It’s just that now we know we can win so that gives us the confidence to get after it a little more going forward.”

Nick will have two chances at victory this weekend at “The ‘Konk” as he straps into his Legends car for the first time on Friday as the track runs it’s first “Fast Friday” program of the season. Saturday it’s back to the Late Model to do battle with the best in that division once again.

Fans can follow Nick through his Facebook page (Fans of Nick Lascuola) and his Twitter Page (@NickLascuola39).

His website is found at www.NickLascoula.com .

You can also download his driver app at either the I-Tunes Store or Google Play Store.

About Nick Lascuola

 

16-year-old Nick Lascuola is currently in his rookie season of racing Late Model stock cars at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Massachussetts after three years of racing INEX Legends Cars.

He is the 2013 Seekonk Speedway track champion. He finished 9th in INEX National Points in 2012, winning the Massachusetts state championship for the second straight year as as well.

Nick is being coached and promoted by Performance Coach Tom Baker of Team Full Throttle in Charlotte, N.C.

His marketing partners include Nick’s Pit Stop, The Brake Man, Powder-Pro.net, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion, Champion Spark PlugsThe Joie Of Seating,  Beagle Printing, and Crow Collision.

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