Corey LaJoie continues to stack pennies with back-to-back strong runs

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By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

Spire Motorsports driver Corey LaJoie continues to stack pennies as he’s earned back-to-back strong runs at Daytona and Darlington.

Steady results and small details add up to something bigger. LaJoie’s pennies are stacked higher after back-to-back ‘We were here’ runs. Darlington Raceway marked the third consecutive week that the No. 7 Chevrolet finished inside the Top-16 running order at the checkered flag.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 from Daytona 

A week ago, LaJoie’s No. 7 Built Bar Chevrolet started the Coke Zero Sugar 400 from Daytona International Speedway back in 33rd.  By the end of Stage 1 he was seventh, and although he fell back to finish 19th in Stage 2, LaJoie turned heads as he ran at the front of the pack most of the event, even leading a lap. Unfortunately, while running inside the Top-10 on the final lap, LaJoie was one of nine drivers collected in a Turn 3 crash. He finished 16th.

While the result wasn’t where LaJoie was running on the final lap, post-race he summed up his night in three words.

Cook Out Southern 500 from Darlington 

Rolling off the starting grid from the 25th position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500, LaJoie’s Schluter System’s Chevrolet didn’t stay there long. He was able to work his way up to 14th position at the end of Stage 1 and earn stage points by finishing 10th in Stage 2. LaJoie spent most of Sunday’s race from Darlington consistently running inside the Top-10 running order.

A caution at the end of the race didn’t fall in LaJoie’s favor when it came to strategy. However, the No. 7 Schluter Systems Chevy still came home in 15th. The finish marked his third Top-15 of the season while also adding to his Top-20 finishes which currently sits at eight.

“The hot rode was DIALED last night. Got stage points, ran inside the top 10 the last half of the race but a caution fell wrong for our strategy, and we finished 15th,” said LaJoie on Instagram. “Last three finishes have been 16th, 16th, and 15th. That’s what we call #s7ackingpennies.”

Richmond Raceway 

Next up the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for Saturday evening’s Federated Auto Parts 400. In seven previous starts at Richmond, LaJoie’s best Cup finish is 21st this past April after starting from 36th.

Feature Photo Credit: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo 

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Sarah Handy
A native of Rhode Island, and not growing up in a family that followed much racing, she watched it on occasion as a youngster, but her passion for the sport truly came to light around 2002-2003. Sarah currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and is slated to graduate in October of this year. At that time, she will have earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In 2016, after starting her own blog not to much avail, Sarah was approached to join Rubbings Racing as a Staff Writer. She went on to spend about three years writing for the outlet and helping manage their social media accounts. Following her time with Rubbings Racing, Sarah went on to join Kickin’ the Tires in May of 2019 with this year being her second full season with the outlet. Her favorite tracks include her home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway to name a few. In addition to her racing work with Kickin’ the Tires, Sarah is also in charge of Marketing Outreach for NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series driver, Ryan Ellis. When not at the racetrack, she enjoys reading, running, soccer and hanging out with her friends. .

1 thought on “Corey LaJoie continues to stack pennies with back-to-back strong runs

  1. Nice seeing Lajoie running well. And Ross Chastain as well. Rare that any non-playoff driver gets coverage on a playoff race. Well written, thank you.

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