Kansas: Lagassee Jr - Ford Saturday interview

Scott Lagasse Jr., driver of the No. 20 Nicholson Group/Kansas Jayhawks Ford F-150, has one ARCA victory at Kansas Speedway. Lagasse talks about racing in his adopted home of Kansas and making the weekend memorable for one special young man. In...

Scott Lagasse Jr., driver of the No. 20 Nicholson Group/Kansas Jayhawks Ford F-150, has one ARCA victory at Kansas Speedway. Lagasse talks about racing in his adopted home of Kansas and making the weekend memorable for one special young man. In honor of Kansas winning the NCAA Championship, the Jayhawks logo adorns Lagasse's Ford F-150 for Saturday evening's race.

WHY IS KANSAS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR YOU? "It will be a very busy weekend, but I'm excited about it. Kansas is kind of an adopted home for me now. I get out here probably a half-dozen times a year to see great friends Brad and Linda Nicholson and Jeff Tryon, who's actually a KU alum. In addition to adopting Kansas, I've adopted the Jayhawks for the last few years because I'm a big basketball fan, college basketball especially. Jeff put his old alma mater on the truck for this weekend. I'm really excited to have the KY Jayhawks riding with us."

MORE ON THE PERSONAL DRAW TO KANSAS. "Last year here, we had become really good friends with a young man, nine year old Ben Cote. He was an honorary crew member for us. We decided to put Wayside Waifs, which is a local humane society, on the ARCA car last year when we were out here. Ben had raised, on his own, six thousand dollars for this humane society, which is really neat. But what's even cooler to me, through this whole deal, he had a rare form of cancer. We lost Ben in September. He truly has become someone that I look at and in the way he handled things at his young age, and his perspective on life. Through that, his family and I have stayed in touch and his dad Steve Cote is a member of the Kansas City Dream Factory. Wayne Auton and everyone at NASCAR have really stepped up this weekend. We're going to give a young boy, Chandler, who is also nine years old, an opportunity to have his NASCAR dream. That's going to involve everything from pace car rides to honorary pit crew member to hanging out. NASCAR and the Kansas Speedway have really stepped-up here and helped make this a really neat day for him. We're really excited about that and everything that NASCAR and the track have put into making this happen."

ON RACING AT KANSAS. "The first time I ever came here to Kansas, it was a love-hate relationship. I loved the race track and ran out of fuel with a six-and-a-half second lead, so I hated the place when I left. We came back last year and it was really cool to run against Erik Darnell in the ARCA race at the end. I won the ARCA race on Friday night and he turned around and won the next day in a Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. That was pretty cool to watch. It looks like he is going to be the guy to beat here this weekend. I don't know what it is, but I love this place. The cool thing is that it's like so many others that we go to that I can transfer all that over."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Scott Lagasse Jr. , Erik Darnell