BUSCH: LaJoie seeks first victory at Miami

MIAMI (Sept. 14, 2000) -- NASCAR Busch Grand National Series veteran Randy LaJoie has some pretty good memories of racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 1996 and 1997, LaJoie celebrated back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series championships with BACE ...

MIAMI (Sept. 14, 2000) -- NASCAR Busch Grand National Series veteran Randy LaJoie has some pretty good memories of racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 1996 and 1997, LaJoie celebrated back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series championships with BACE Motorsports at the 1.5-mile facility. Now, LaJoie returns to the site of his championship glory in theMiami 300 Busch Series season finale on Saturday, November 11, during the Pennzoil 400 weekend. This year, LaJoie won’t be celebrating another championship, but instead will be gunning for his first victory in Miami.

“I’ve clinched the championship there," said LaJoie, driver of the No. 1 Bob Evans Chevrolet. “I’ve run in the top 10 there. I haven’t won there, but I’d love to win there. That’s going to be one of our goals – to win there."

There’s little doubt that LaJoie doesn’t understand how to go fast at Miami. In four races, LaJoie has three top-10 finishes, including a second-place run in 1997.

“I’ve run well on the old configuration and the new one," LaJoie said. “It’s just one of those facilities that a good handling car matters and a pit crew matters. There’s nothing that you can have go wrong to be in Victory Lane. If you have just one small aspect off you’re not going to compete for a win at Miami."

The Pennzoil 400 weekend opens on Friday, Nov. 10, with both practice and qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series. Saturday’s schedule also includes final Winston Cup qualifying and “Happy Hour” practice. The second annual Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

See how LaJoie fares in this year’s Miami 300. Great seats are still available, starting at $35. Purchase your tickets online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call the ticket office at (305) 230-RACE.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Bob Evans