Corey LaJoie

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Corey LaJoie
Born (1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 25)
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Car no., team No. 83 (BK Racing)
2014 position 70th
Best finish 70th (2014)
First race 2014 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Last race 2017 Food City 500 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
18 races run over 4 years
Car no., team No. 24 (JGL Racing)
2016 position 31st
Best finish 31st (2016)
First race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Last race 2017 Service King 300 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
2014 position 48th
Best finish 48th (2014)
First race 2014 UNOH 225 (Kentucky)
Last race 2014 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of April 24, 2017.

Corey LaJoie (born September 25, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. Son of two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie, he was a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports. He currently competes part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 24 Toyota Camry for JGL Racing, and part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 83 Camry for BK Racing.

Racing career[edit]

LaJoie's 2013 K&N Pro Series East car

LaJoie started his racing career in 1996, competing in kart racing events; winning 19 times on both dirt and asphalt tracks. He moved in 2003 to the INEX Bandolero series, scoring twelve wins and winning the series' Summer Shootout Championship. LaJoie began racing Legends cars in 2005, and in 2006 moved to the Aaron's Pro Challenge Series, where he won 10 of 12 races that year.[1]

Between 2007 and 2009, LaJoie competed in the UARA-Stars Late Model Touring Series; scoring on win and ten top-ten finishes in 17 starts in the series.[1] In 2009, he made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World East Series, now the K&N Pro Series East, at Thompson Speedway;[2] LaJoie remained in the series through the 2012 season, scoring his first win in the series in June 2012 at Bowman-Gray Stadium;[3] He scored four additional wins over the course of the season, finishing the year second in points.[4]

LaJoie, who had been named to the 2012 NASCAR Next class of up-and-coming drivers,[5] entered the 2013 season with only a limited schedule planned, including selected NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Tommy Baldwin Racing,[6] however in June it was announced that he had signed with Richard Petty Motorsports as a development driver, with plans to run in the Nationwide Series later that year.[7] In addition, LaJoie ran a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series in the second half of 2013, winning his first start of the year, and second career start, at Chicagoland Speedway in July,[8] and then in his next race at Pocono Raceway in August.[9]

In November 2013, it was announced that LaJoie would make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway that month, driving the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports.[10] He was involved in an accident during the race and finished 34th.

In June 2014, LaJoie joined Biagi-DenBeste Racing to drive five races, starting at Kentucky. LaJoie struggled in these races, crashing in three of them. In September 2014, LaJoie made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the Sylvania 300 at Loudon, racing for Randy Humphrey Racing.[11]

LaJoie returned to NASCAR in 2016, driving the No. 24 Toyota Camry for JGL Racing in the Xfinity Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.[12]

In 2017, LaJoie returned to the Cup Series and signed with BK Racing, driving the No. 83 Camry part-time.[13] LaJoie made the Daytona 500 controversially, as he got into the left rear of Reed Sorenson about halfway through the first Can-Am Duel, which resulted in Sorenson hitting the inside wall and retiring from the race. Many were led to believe that LaJoie wrecked Sorenson on purpose to get into the 500, although LaJoie denied doing so.

Controversies[edit]

On October 23, 2013, LaJoie was placed on indefinite probation and instructed to attend sensitivity training by NASCAR after making a tweet suggesting that the TSA perform a body cavity search on a man wearing a turban.[14]

Trying to make the 2017 Daytona 500 as an Open team with BK Racing (no starting spot guaranteed), LaJoie was turning his first laps at Daytona International Speedway during the Can-Am Duels due to practice being rained out.[15] Trailing Reed Sorenson, the only other Open driver, with under fifteen laps to go, LaJoie spun out Sorenson in the tri-oval, ensuring himself a spot in the 500[16] and making Paul Menard start at the back of the field. Menard was also involved in the crash and had to start in a backup car. After the race, LaJoie said that "I do feel bad"[17] and that "if that was my mom, I'd probably spin her out to make the Daytona 500 too." Sorenson was incensed after the incident, calling the crash "moronic" and "pretty crappy" while saying that LaJoie could have hurt somebody with reckless driving.[18]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 BK Racing Toyota 31 24

Xfinity Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bio - About Corey "Supershoe" LaJoie". Corey LaJoie official website. 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ Courchesne, Shawn (July 7, 2009). "Corey LaJoie Heading To Thompson International Speedway For Camping World East Debut Saturday". Hartford Courant. Hartford, CT. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  3. ^ Remillard, Jason (June 3, 2013). "Corey LaJoie wins first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Bowman-Gray Stadium". The Republican. Springfield, MA. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  4. ^ McGee, Ryan (December 25, 2012). "Corey LaJoie is NEXT". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  5. ^ Norman, Brad (June 7, 2013). "NASCAR Next a diverse, accomplished class". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  6. ^ ""Supershoe" LaJoie to Make Nationwide Series Debut with TBR/SLR Teams". Tommy Baldwin Racing. February 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  7. ^ Estrada, Chris (June 2, 2013). "Strong NASCAR prospects join Petty development program". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  8. ^ "Corey LaJoie wins ARCA race". ESPN. July 21, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ Pearce, Al (August 2, 2013). "Corey LaJoie wins ModSpace ARCA 125 at Pocono Raceway". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Son of former champ to make Nationwide debut". Yahoo! Sports. November 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "JGL Racing Announces Young Guns Program". Speedway Media. February 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  13. ^ Spencer, Lee (January 23, 2017). "Lajoie to run partial Cup schedule with BK Racing". Motorsport.com. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (October 23, 2013). "NASCAR Punishes Corey LaJoie for Insensitive Tweet". ABC News. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Corey LaJoie admits he'd have wrecked his own mother to make Daytona 500 | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  16. ^ "Corey LaJoie crashes Reed Sorenson out of the Daytona 500". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  17. ^ "LaJoie, Kennington race way into Daytona 500 field". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  18. ^ "Reed Sorenson's Heart Breaks as Corey LaJoie Wrecks Him for Daytona 500 Spot". Frontstretch. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 

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