MENCS: Corey LaJoie Earns His First Top-25 of 2018


It was announced in February that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Corey LaJoie would share seat time with Cole Whitt in the No. 72 Chevrolet for Tri-Star Motorsports in the Cup Series.

While ups and down happen while adjusting to a new team, LaJoie certainly didn’t foresee the many struggles that would ensue early on in his 2018 season.

LaJoie made his Tri-Star debut in the season opener Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway in February.

He started The Great American Race in the 32nd position but would only run eight of the 207 total laps run due to an engine failure which ended with him finishing the race dead last.

It certainly wasn’t the start the 26-year old was hoping for with his new team and as expected LaJoie was frustrated when his day came to a premature end.

With splitting seat time with Whitt, LaJoie returned to the No. 72 at ISM Raceway (Phoenix) where yet again a bad engine plagued any chance at a good day.

After starting in the 33rd position, he would only run 23 laps before his engine expired. Yet another frustrating result for the young driver.

Anyone who follows LaJoie knows he is one positive guy and while unforeseen circumstances didn’t have his 2018 starting out well, things would turn around.

The next race on LaJoie’s schedule with Tri-Star came this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway where he earned his first top-25 of the 2018 season.

After qualifying 34th LaJoie was able to avoid a fairly big crash only a few laps into the Food City 500.

LaJoie would pit numerous times during the first half of the race for fuel, four tires and chassis adjustments, including a stop for a left front that cut down early on.

Before the Red Flag was displayed and the race was called until 1pm EST on Monday, LaJoie reported that his No. 72 was very tight.

LaJoie would hold steady in the Top 30 throughout the conclusion of the Food City 500 on Monday afternoon and finish his day in the 25th position.

A much-needed good finish for LaJoie and his team. If the cut LF tire never happened then he easily had a Top-20 finish with the car the team brought to BMS.

“We had a solid long run car, unfortunately we couldn’t recover from having our left-front tire cut early in the race. We raced in front of guys that finished inside the top 20, so we could’ve had a really good day. On to my next Cup race at Dover,” said LaJoie.

LaJoie will look to carry momentum over to his next race on the MENCS schedule, which will be the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on May 6 from Dover International Speedway where he will again be behind the wheel of the No. 72 Chevrolet.

If you would like to follow Corey on his social media channels and don’t already, the links are provided below.

Twitter: @CoreyLaJoie


Instagram: coreylajoie

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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