LaJoie to Make Cup Debut

Corey LaJoie

Corey LaJoie, son of two-time Nationwide champion Randy LaJoie, will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend at New Hampshire. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Corey Lajoie will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Randy Humphrey Racing.

LaJoie’s debut will come less than a week before his 23rd birthday. It marks the first time in a Cup car for the son of two-time Nationwide champions Randy LaJoie. With 43 cars entered at New Hampshire, Corey LaJoie is guaranteed a starting spot.

“It’s definitely a big leap from what I’ve been doing,’’ LaJoie told Motor Racing Network. “It’s more often than not that the drivers invest with the team and bring the money and sponsors. To find a team investing in drivers is few and far between.’’

LaJoie is a development driver for Richard Petty Motorsports but the team has not found sponsorship to run him. LaJoie has run one Nationwide race this season, placing 21st at Kentucky, and twice in the Camping World Truck Series, finishing 15th at Kentucky and 21st at Bristol.

“I’ve got to make my own path,’’ said LaJoie, who was nipped by Kyle Larson for the win in a K&N Pro Series East race at New Hampshire two years ago. “Maybe start from the bottom and work my way up. I thought I would be in this point four years ago, but God’s plans are always going to prevail and you’ve got to go along with it and trust that it is the right one.’’

LaJoie is unsure of his plans beyond this week. If things go well, he could be in line for rides with Randy Humphrey Racing at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. He’s also looking for possible Nationwide rides at Kansas and Charlotte.

“It does seem like some things are opening up,’’ LaJoie said of other rides. “Maybe this RHR deal will grow up to something bigger. If I get a good solid run ... and bring it home in one piece who knows what will happen.’’ 

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