Like a good Scout, Scott Lagasse does a great deed, even though illness knocked him out of race


You can’t help but feel for race car driver Scott Lagasse Jr., who leading up to last Saturday’s season-ending Nationwide Series race, experienced a great high and subsequent frustrating low.

The St. Augustine, Florida native was all set to make his much-anticipated debut for Richard Childress Racing in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Unfortunately, Lagasse came down with a case of food poisoning the same day he was supposed to be behind the wheel of the No. 33 Alert Today Florida / Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet Camaro and was forced to miss the race later that day.

Sprint Cup veteran Paul Menard filled in for Lagasse and did an admirable job, finishing 12th.

I hate it for Scott (Lagasse) that he got sick, but hope he’s feeling better soon,” Menard said.

But Lagasse did get some well-deserved attention two days earlier when he gave a special ride to a special young man.

According to Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, Lagasse played chauffeur to Cub Scout Caleb Sowinski, giving him a ride to school in Homestead, Fla., in that same No. 33 race car.

Several hundred students cheered the police-escorted procession as it approached the school by chanting 7-year-old Caleb’s name (see video).

Lagasse, a former Boy Scout himself, has had a long-standing relationship with the organization, and the ride for Sowinski was in recognition of his efforts as a Scout.

“I believe heavily in (Scouting),” Lagasse told Boys’ Life. “So to spend a few hours and do something fun with it is not a hard decision to make at all.”

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