Abington, Mass – For a 17-year-old, Nick Lascoula enjoyed himself a pretty fine weekend. On Friday, he won his 7th straight 2014 Nick’s Pit Stop Legend Car Feature at Seekonk Speedway to remain undefeated on the year and run his total consecutive win count to 9 dating back to last season.
Saturday, he backed up that performance by leading over half of his Late Model feature before A.C.T. Tour Standout Ray Parent snuck by at the end. Nick earned his second runnerup finish of the season, his first in the Late Models. He’s now finished third, third, fifth and second in his last four Late Model outings.
The personable racer then put the proverbial cherry on his weekend “sundae” when he passed his driver’s test and earned his Massachussetts driver’s license.
“All in all, it was a pretty stellar weekend,” Nick laughed. “I wasn’t really the fastest car on Friday, but when Chris Robbins had motor problems I was able to get the win. Sometimes you have to be more lucky than good, even though I would never wish anyone else bad luck so I could win. We started 16th and I’ve said all year that it’s been way harder than it looks to win in this class here this year, but it’s a lot of fun racing with everyone. The rubber from the Modified cars on Open Wheel Wednesday made us loose and I had to be careful. I am not sure we could have passed Chris tonight but I sure would have liked to have had the chance. I’m thankful for my team and for 15-40 Connection and Barrett’s Haunted Mansion that we were able to win our 7th straight. We’re going to do our best to keep adding to it! I’m trying to enjoy it as long as it lasts because things like this only come along once in a lifetime in racing.”
On Saturday, he started fifth in the 30-lap Late Model feature and made his way to second by lap five. “We battled early with Eddie (LeClerc) and Vinnie ( Arrenegado). Then Jeramee Lillie got under us after a restart and I let him go so I could fall in behind him and stay in the top three. I was about to get freight-trained if I didn’t.”
Contact between Vinnie and Jeramee resulted in both going to the back and Nick found his yellow No. 39 now leading the field!
“Once I settled in, Dylan (Estrella) and I drove off to about a half-straightaway lead,” Nick said. “I adjusted my line a bit to go easy on the tires, because I knew we had a long way to go and I wanted to have something for a stretch run at the end.”
Around lap 18 or so, Nick decided it was time to “go” and he lengthened his lead to about 3 car lengths. But a yellow on lap 22 changed his plans.
For the restart, he would have Estrella to his outside and veteran Ray Parent now on his bumper in third.
Nick understood what he had to do. “I knew he was the fastest in practice. But I also knew he needed the whole track to run his fastest line. I was able to hold him off the first few laps and then we had another yellow on lap 25.”
That yellow changed the game for Nick again. “My car was starting to get a little bit loose. I knew I had to get a strong restart because he was now going to be alongside me. His restart experience kept us even for about two or three laps. Coming to the white flag, he was leaving me room but then Estrella peeked underneath like he wanted to make it three wide and put me in the middle. I don’t do a good monkey imitation, so I wanted no part in that. I drove into turn one deeper on the last lap and tried to protect the bottom, but the car got loose. It did the same thing in turn three. I wasn’t able to hold Ray off but we managed to hang onto second. It was a fun race!”
After the race, Nick, knowing he’d gotten 100 percent out of his machine and beaten all the other regular Seekonk Late Models but still fell short of that elusive first win, could only shake his head, marveling at Parent’s drive with a quizzical smile and a question.
“Who let the great white shark into the fish pond?”
Can Nick make it 8 for 8 on the season on Friday in Legend Car action? Will he strap fins on his Late Model for Saturday?
Go visit the track’s website at www.SeekonkSpeedway.com and get information on how you can attend the weekend’s racing action and find out!
Fans can also 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
17-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.