Corey LaJoie will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 in BK Racing’s No. 83.
The son of two-time Xfinity Series champion Randy LaJoie, Corey LaJoie will pilot the No. 83 for multiple races in 2017, including the “Great American Race.”
The native of Concord, North Carolina, will be sponsored by Dustless Blasting.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to have the chance to race on Sundays with BK Racing,” LaJoie said in a press release. “For Ron Devine to take a chance on a hungry kid means the world. I’m going to work hard to be the best driver I can be and get the No. 83 Dustless Blasting Toyota a great finish at Daytona.”
LaJoie has 16 Xfinity Series starts since 2013. His best result is sixth in last year’s fall race at Dover International Speedway.
The 25-year-old driver has 37 starts and one win in the K&N Pro Series East. The win came last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The LaJoie news comes after BK Racing’s announcement that Gray Gaulding would drive the No. 23 in the majority of this season’s races. Joey Gase will drive it in three races.
“When I look at Corey LaJoie and his racing career, I see a young man with a bright future and a lot of talent,” said BK Racing owner Ron Devine in a press release. “I’m proud that we can give him a chance to run more Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. He has raced against a lot of these Cup drivers before and he’s had success, so I am excited to see what he can do in our No. 83 Toyota.”
The Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 26.
Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.
Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.
Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.
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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.
Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.
When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.
Check out the video above.
Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,
One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.
Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.
In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.
It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.
Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.
Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.