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

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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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Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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