Twenty-one-year old Scott Lagasse, Jr., took his first career American Speed Association (ASA) National Tour victory by .014 of a second over Wade Day in a wild inaugural "BFGoodrich Tires 125" in front of 10,119 race fans at Kentucky Speedway tonight.

The St. Augustine, Fla., native and his No. 20 Lagasse Motorsports Chevrolet survived a 125-lap, 187-mile battle, passing Day's No. 96 Medicine Shoppe Chevrolet in the final 200 yards to win by less than a quarter-car length.

Lagasse, Jr., who entered the race 20th in the series standings, takes his first win and top-five finish of 2004. He had been in sixth place, a half lap behind Day, with 20 laps to go before mounting his late race charge.

"I just knew we were wide open, so I wasn't letting up," Lagasse, Jr. said of his charge down the frontstretch. "We ran hard all the way. I don't think there was a good tire left on the car."

Day, who recovered from a slow start, narrowly missed out on his first win of the season.

"I thought he (Lagasse, Jr.) was a lapped car. I thought that nobody was near me. He ran me down and passed me," Day said.

Day had taken the lead on Lap 89, shortly before the final caution, and held the lead until the last half mile.

Cincinnati-native Glen Allen, Jr., (No. 53 Modern Office Methods and Technitron Chevrolet) finished third, Bryan Reffner (No. 80 Menards Chevrolet) was fourth and Mike Garvey (No. 17 Jani-King Chevrolet) fifth.

"I am really excited about this race," Allen, Jr., said. "We came down here with the car for the first time and ran a good one. I even thought that in the last 15 laps we had a chance to win, but I ran it so hard it burned up a little."

Opening weekend continues tomorrow at Kentucky Speedway. Tickets for "The Channel 5-205" ARCA RE/MAX Series event still remain and can be purchased at all Meijer stores and at the main speedway ticket booth located between Gates 15 and 16 up to race time. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and the day includes a pre-race concert with country artist Sherrie Austin.

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