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Corey LaJoie brings home third Top-20 of 2020 at Charlotte

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

A few days following his 100th NASCAR Cup Series start at the same track, Go Fas Racing driver Corey LaJoie finished 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday.

The Alsco Uniforms 500 got underway last night after being delayed for its scheduled start on Wednesday evening due to that unfortunate four-letter word, rain.

LaJoie’s No. 32 Superior Logistics Ford Mustang rolled off in the 23rd position in the fourth race since NASCAR’s return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lap-20 brought out the competition caution — Running in 28th LaJoie brought his Ford in for an air pressure and wedge adjustment. 

Then a pit road mishap occurred.

Miscommunication with the 24 team of William (Byron), saw the 32-sustaining left-front and hood damage.

“Got a little pit (road) incident early with Will (Byron), a little miscommunication,” stated LaJoie. “He pulled out of the pits when I was pulling in the pits. It didn’t work out good for either one of us, but my guys worked hard and got my car fixed up.

Rain and lightning brought out the red flag for over an hour, but the race would resume with 22 laps remaining in the first stage and with 10 laps to go in Stage 1, LaJoie found his Ford Mustang scored 27th on the ticker.

10 laps remaining in Stage 2, he was still fighting the need for more grip center off and also more rotation in the corner. The (No. 32) Superior Logistics Ford would finish out the stage in the 24th position.

A consistent final stage had LaJoie working his way into the Top-20 running order as the final laps ticked away. He would finish 208-lap event in 19th, his third Top-20 finish of the 2020 season.

His 19th place result also marked his second-best finish on the oval configuration of Charlotte. LaJoie’s top oval finish continues to be 12th in last year’s Coca-Cola 600, also for Go Fas Racing.

Post race, LaJoie took to his Instagram account to recap his evening.

“There you have it boys and girls, solid Top-20 effort for our Go Fas Ford Mustang,” said LaJoie. “I got a good restart with about 50 laps to go and came home with a Top-20.”

Thursday’s finish further show the the consistency of LaJoie being back with Go Fas for a second consecutive season. While the schedule was different at this time last year, eight races in he only had one Top-20 finish. 

This year – he has three including a Top-10 in the season opener at Daytona.

The NCS next heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Supermarket Heroes 500 presented by Food City. Coverage can can be seen on FS1 at 3:30 pm ET.

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