Fourth-grade Webelos Scout Jake Nimark will become a legend in the lunchroom thanks to NASCAR driver and BSA supporter Scott Lagasse Jr., who dropped Jake off on Thursday in Homestead, Fla.
Lagasse is in Florida for the Ford EcoBoost 200 truck race, which can be seen live at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight (Nov. 20) on FOX Sports 1. Look for the No. 0 truck in yellow and black with a BSA logo on the side.
Before the race, Lagasse took a second to give back to Scouting — something he has done again and again. He dropped off a Scout last year, too, and thrilled Scouts at the 2013 jamboree by letting them build a car he later raced competitively.
Thursday’s gesture was just another reason I’m calling Lagasse the nicest guy in professional racing.
Need more proof? Look at the sponsor of his truck. It’s not some beer company; it’s Alert Today Florida, a pedestrian- and bicycle-safety campaign facilitated by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Tonight’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks Lagasse’s fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of 2015. In three previous starts, Lagasse has recorded one top-five and two top-10 finishes, including a third-place result at Daytona International Speedway in the season opener.
An important reminder about BSA Racing
In past blog posts about BSA Racing, some commenters intimated that the Boy Scouts of America was investing heaps of its own money to support these cars. That’s not true. In fact, the program is a royalty-free arrangement, meaning that thanks to the generous support of groups like Scott Lagasse Racing, there’s no cash investment from the BSA.
Instead, in return for the support from those groups, the BSA lists them as national sponsors in its promotional materials — that’s it. It’s the kind of relationship where everyone sees the checkered flag.