Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

MENCS: Corey LaJoie Richmond Raceway Preview


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Richmond Raceway for the ninth race of the season on Saturday evening for the Toyota Owners 400. Corey LaJoie and his No. 32 Go FAS Racing team will look to turn their luck around after a disappointing result at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend.

Bristol Recap: LaJoie qualified his DUDE Wipes Ford to a 32nd starting position and was running as high as 22nd in the final stage of the race on Sunday afternoon. However, an unfortunate mechanical failure would end the teams day, resulting in a 34th place finish.

LaJoie’s best finish of the 2019 season thus far is an 18th place finish in the season opening Daytona 500 in February.

The 32 team and LaJoie are ready to tackle Richmond this weekend with back on the car.

LaJoie’s Richmond Raceway Stats:
Average Start: 32.7
Average Finish: 31.0
Best Finish: 29th (2017 in the No. 83 with BK Racing)

Here is what LaJoie had to say to me about Richmond: “I’ve had some good success in the K&N car at Richmond International raceway. I’ve also had some pretty solid runs in the Cup Series over the past couple of years. This season, I’m excited to carry over some of the short track top-25 speed we’ve experienced and finally put it all together for a strong finish, especially with Corvette returning again this weekend.”

Track Details from

Richmond Raceway is a .75-mile D-shaped asphalt oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns, eight degrees of banking at the start-finish line and two degrees on the backstretch.

Rules Package:

Teams will use the 2019 rules package tailored for short tracks (less than 1.33 miles) and road courses. A 1.17-inch tapered spacer will be used, with engines expected to generate about 750 horsepower. Like last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, no aero ducts will be used. This configuration will be used in 14 events this season.

Race Schedule:

Friday April 12, 2019

First Practice: 11:05am/ET – Watch on
Final Practice: 1:05pm/ET – Watch on
Qualifying: 5:40pm/ET – Watch on FS1 or tune into MRN

Saturday April 13, 2019

Race time: 7:30pm EST on Fox/MRN

Stay Connected with Corey:
Official Website:
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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