NASCAR Truck: Patrick Staropoli, Scott Lagasse Jr. in Young’s Motorsports trucks at Homestead
By AMANDA VINCENT
Young’s Motorsports plans to field two Chevrolet entries in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-finale, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Scott Lagasse Jr. is slated to drive the No. 02, while Patrick Staropoli will strap into the No. 07.
“Both Scott and Patrick are natives of Florida, and they both have great partnerships promoting great things,” team owner and part-time driver Tyler Young said. “I’m proud to be a part of that, too. Without a doubt, Friday night’s Truck race is important for everyone, and if we can leave there with two solid finishes, I’ll be thrilled.”
For Staropoli, the Friday night race will mark his Truck Series debut. Staropoli will be in the No. 07 as the result of a partnership between Young’s Motorsports and SS Green Light Racing.
“This is a very busy weekend for us, but a very excited one at the same time,” Young said. “I’m proud to have both Scott and Patrick in our trucks this weekend. Both drivers have their own agenda for what they want to accomplish this weekend, and there’s little doubt in my mind that, with a little luck, that can happen.”
Staropoli has a handful of starts in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East and West, one resulting in a West win at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2014. In all, he has four starts in the K&N Series West and five starts in the East division. He also made an ARCA Racing Series start last year, finishing 21st at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
For Lagasse, the Homestead race will be his second Truck Series start of the season. He drove an NTS Motorsports entry in the season-opener at Daytona in February, finishing ninth. That was one of three-career top-10 finishes for Lagasse in the Truck Series in 24-career starts, to date. He had three-career top-10s in the series, including a top-five finish at Daytona last year.
Lagassi has additional NASCAR national-level experience, running 61-career Xfinity Series races between 2005 and 2016. In that Series, he has five-career top-10s.