Corey LaJoie and Ryan Blaney to backup cars, will start at the rear for the Daytona 500

Photo By: Logan Whitton / NKP

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Corey LaJoie as well as Ryan Blaney will both go to back up cars for Sunday’s Daytona 500 after an incident.

Blaney’s No. 12 was involved in a crash on lap 31 of the first BlueGreen Vacations Duels on Thursday evening when he and Daniel Suarez in the No. 96 made contact during green flag pit stops.

Unfortunately, Blaney’s Ford received a fair amount of damage to not only the front bumper but the left door panel as well. With too much to repair on the car, the team decided it was best to go to a backup car for ‘The Great American Race’.

“We got lucky and should not have never been in that spot in the first place,” Blaney said. “It was just an error on my part and kind of a little lack of communication that didn’t end well. I feel bad for my guys, but I know we will have a Menards Ford as strong as the primary car and get ready for Sunday.”

Blaney will start at the rear of the field for the drop of the green flag instead of his original 27th place start.

On the other side of the spectrum, LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford Mustang sustained front and right-side damage on Lap 40 of duel number two after an incident involving him and the No. 54 of JJ Yeley.

Go Fas Racing also decided to go to a backup car for the race.

LaJoie was set to start 36th Sunday afternoon but he will also drop to the rear of the field for the start.

The NASCAR Cup Series has two practice sessions remaining before the big event with one this afternoon at 5:05 PM and a final practice tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 PM.

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