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TriStar Motorsports driver Corey LaJoie will embark on his fourth start of the 2018 season this Sunday in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism from Dover International Speedway.

LaJoie who earned his first Top-25 finish of the season in the No. 72 Chevrolet a couple of weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway will look to have another solid finish come Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year old has one MENCS start at Dover to his credit which came in October of last year while driving the No. 23 Toyota for BK Racing. He would finish that event one lap down in the 34th position.

While LaJoie’s one Cup start didn’t yield the finish he would have liked, one positive is does have success in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at track known as The Monster Mile.

In two NXS starts, both with JGL Racing, LaJoie has finishes of 15th (September 2017) and 6th (October 2016). He has an average start of 16.5 to go along with an average finish of 10.5.

I had the opportunity to ask Corey a few questions regarding Dover and here’s what he had to say.

Sarah Handy: You’ve had solid finishes at Dover in a Xfinity car over the last couple years, with that being said, would you say it’s a track you like racing at?

Corey LaJoie: I’ve had a knack for Dover ever since I went there in a K&N car I’ve been to victory lane there and had solid runs in the Xfinity car, so I always have confidence going into the Monster Mile.

SH: What’s the most challenging thing about racing on a track like Dover?

CL: The challenging part of Dover is how much the handling changes over the run from the rubber getting laid down and adjusting accordingly.

SH: Would you say the handling of the race car decides whether you run the high side or the low line on at Dover? Or is there some driver preference in your decision as well?

CL: The bottom is usually where the most speed is made but when the tires get worn sometimes you can make speed on the top, but you want to get your car working on the bottom first.

Tune into the AAA 400 Drive for Autism from Dover International Speedway which is set for Sunday May 6 at 2:00pm/EST on FS1 to see LaJoie and the rest of the field compete in the 11th event of the 2018 season.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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