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Corey Daniel LaJoie (born September 25, 1991) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Mustang for Go Fas Racing. LaJoie is the son of two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie. He was formerly a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Corey LaJoie
Corey LaJoie LaJoie Racing Ford Richmond 2013.jpg
BornCorey Daniel LaJoie
(1991-09-25) September 25, 1991 (age 27)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
77 races run over 4 years
Car no., teamNo. 32 (Go Fas Racing)
2018 position34th
Best finish6th (2019)
First race2014 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Last race2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
22 races run over 4 years
2017 position58th
Best finish31st (2016)
First race2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Last race2017 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
2014 position48th
Best finish48th (2014)
First race2014 UNOH 225 (Kentucky)
Last race2014 UNOH 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of July 21, 2019.

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Racing careerEdit

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. LaJoie initially competed for points in the Cup series with BK Racing but switched to Xfinity at the last race.

In 2018, LaJoie moved from BK Racing to TriStar Motorsports for a part-time schedule, splitting the No. 72 with Cole Whitt.[14] LaJoie entered the 2018 season with high hopes in the Daytona 500, and qualified 32nd for the 500, but unfortunately blew an engine on lap nine. He made his second start for the team at ISM Raceway in March, once again blowing in engine early in the race. In the Coca-Cola 600, LaJoie went as high as eighth but finished 26th.

LaJoie joined Go Fas Racing's No. 32 Ford in 2019.[15] For the 2019 Daytona 500, Go Fas Racing made headlines by placing a picture of LaJoie's face on the No. 32 car as part of Old Spice's sponsorship. LaJoie finished 18th after blowing a right-front tire just 20 laps into the race.[16][17]

ControversiesEdit

After an October 15. 2013 tweet that some deemed racially stereotypical, NASCAR put LaJoie on indefinite probation and required him to go through sensitivity training.[18][19]

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.[20] 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[21] and making Paul Menard start at the back of the field as 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"[22] 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.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

LaJoie is a Christian.[24] His father, Randy LaJoie, is a two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion, winning the series title in 1996 and 1997.[25]

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

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

Monster Energy Cup SeriesEdit

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts Ref
2014 Randy Humphrey Racing 77 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX DAR RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA
41
DOV KAN CLT
35
TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 70th 01 [26]
2017 BK Racing 83 Toyota DAY
24
ATL
34
LVS
39
PHO
38
CAL
30
MAR
28
TEX
32
BRI
24
RCH
32
TAL
27
KAN
27
CLT
32
DOV POC
28
MCH
30
SON BRI
28
RCH
29
51st 02 [27]
23 DAY
11
KEN NHA
31
IND
40
POC
25
GLN
33
MCH
31
DAR
28
CHI
36
NHA
27
DOV
34
CLT
28
TAL KAN
27
MAR
33
TEX
39
PHO
31
HOM
31
2018 TriStar Motorsports 72 Chevy DAY
40
ATL LVS PHO
37
CAL MAR TEX BRI
25
RCH TAL DOV
38
KAN
24
CLT
26
POC MCH
27
SON CHI
34
DAY
31
KEN
31
NHA
27
POC
39
GLN MCH
40
BRI
34
DAR
27
IND
27
LVS
16
RCH
32
CLT DOV
30
TAL
32
KAN
34
MAR TEX
40
PHO HOM
34
34th 144 [28]
2019 Go Fas Racing 32 Ford DAY
18
ATL
29
LVS
27
PHO
26
CAL
31
MAR
33
TEX
28
BRI
34
RCH
26
TAL
11
DOV
29
KAN
22
CLT
12
POC
36
MCH
23
SON
32
CHI
30
DAY
6
KEN
28
NHA
23
POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -* [29]
Daytona 500Edit
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2017 BK Racing Toyota 31 24
2018 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 32 40
2019 Go Fas Racing Ford 32 18

Xfinity SeriesEdit

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2013 Richard Petty Motorsports 9 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM
34
84th 10 [30]
2014 Biagi-DenBeste Racing 98 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN
16
DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN
26
CLT
24
TEX
32
PHO HOM
37
106th 01 [31]
2016 JGL Racing 24 Toyota DAY ATL
23
LVS
19
PHO CAL
18
TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY
30
KEN NHA
37
IND IOW GLN MOH BRI
10
ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV
6
CLT KAN TEX
23
PHO
33
HOM
35
31st 177 [32]
2017 DAY ATL
16
LVS PHO CAL
18
TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV
15
CLT
17
KAN TEX PHO
22
HOM
15
58th 232 [33]

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 NCWTC Pts Ref
2014 RBR Enterprises 92 Ford DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN
17
IOW ELD POC MCH BRI
10
MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 48th 61 [34]

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2009 Randy LaJoie Racing 07 Ford GRE TRI IOW SBO GLN NHA TMP
19
ADI LRP DOV
3
34th 341 [35]
Marsh Racing 36 Chevy NHA
31
2010 Randy LaJoie Racing 07 Ford GRE
DNQ
SBO NHA
8
LRP LEE GRE NHA
13
DOV
2
21st 668 [36]
70 IOW
4
MAR
2011 07 GRE
20
SBO
29
RCH
3
BGS
2
LGY
8
COL
17
GRE
13
8th 1548 [37]
Dodge IOW
20
GRE
5
NHA
3
NHA
6
DOV
30
2012 Ford BRI
22
GRE
2
RCH
3
IOW
14
BGS
1*
GRE
4
LGY
1
CNB
23
COL
17
IOW
1*
NHA
2
GRE
1
2nd 522 [38]
Toyota DOV
1
CAR
2
2013 Ford BRI GRE PEN RCH
31
54th 35 [39]
Spraker Racing 37 Chevy BGS
22
IOW LGY COL IOW VIR GRE NHA DOV RAL
2015 Precision Performance Motorsports 12 Toyota NSM GRE BRI IOW BGS LGY COL NHA IOW GLN MOT VIR RCH DOV
7
44th 37 [40]
2016 Ranier Racing with MDM 41 Chevy NSM MOB GRE BRI VIR DOM STA COL NHA
1
IOW GLN GRE NJM DOV 43rd 47 [41]

Whelen Modified TourEdit

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NWMTC Pts Ref
2012 Randy LaJoie Racing 17 Chevy TMP STA
27
MON STA WAT NHA STA TMP BRI TMP RIV NHA STA TMP 51st 17 [42]
2015 Rob Fuller Motorsports 15 Chevy TMP
28
STA WAT STA TMP
14
RIV NHA MON STA TMP BRI RIV NHA STA TMP 45th 46 [43]

Whelen Southern Modified TourEdit

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NSWMTC Pts Ref
2010 Roger Hill 19 Pontiac ATL
1
CRW SBO CRW BGS BRI CRW LGY TRI CLT 28th 185 [44]
2011 Glenn Ryerson 71 Chevy CRW HCY SBO CRW CRW
6
BGS BRI
9
CRW LGY THO TRI CRW CLT CRW 26th 288 [45]
2012 Randy LaJoie Racing 17 Chevy CRW CRW SBO CRW
21
CRW BGS BRI 30th 57 [46]
Phillip Smith 1 Ford LGY
12*
THO CRW CLT

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 LaJoie began the 2017 season racing for Cup Series points but switched to Xfinity Series points before the race at Homestead–Miami Speedway

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

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

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts Ref
2009 Kevin Harvick Inc. 33 Chevy DAY SLM CAR TAL KEN TOL POC MCH MFD IOW KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR
23
73rd 365 [47]
2013 Randy LaJoie Racing 17 Ford DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH ROA WIN CHI
1
NJE POC
1
BLN ISF MAD DSF IOW
4
SLM KEN
1*
KAN
25
22nd 1295 [48]

ReferencesEdit

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