LaJoie Contends for Win at Iowa with Fourth Place Finish Driver Battles from the Back of Field Twice to Earn Top Five against Tough Competition Newton, IA -- Cory La Joie started 21st and piloted the Toyota of Des Moines Ford to a 4th place...
LaJoie Contends for Win at Iowa with Fourth Place Finish
Driver Battles from the Back of Field Twice to Earn Top Five against Tough Competition
Newton, IA -- Cory La Joie started 21st and piloted the Toyota of Des Moines Ford to a 4th place finish in the Goodyear Dealers of Iowa 200 at Iowa Speedway. The race ended in a Green-White-Checkered with LaJoie in the second place spot on the final restart. Ty Dillon drove to the inside of leaders Gresham and LaJoie to make it three-wide as they crossed the line to take the white flag. It was nearly four wide as cars drove side-by-side for the entire final lap with Gresham taking the checkered flag first by just a few feet. The top four finishers were all East rookies with Darrell Wallace Jr. in third, followed by LaJoie in fourth.
LaJoie was by far the driver who had to earn the top five the most. He started 21st and battled his way up to the front. On lap-80 the caution flag waived and LaJoie entered pit road in second place. A minor pit road penalty sent LaJoie to the tail end of the longest line. Knowing he had a fast car and determined to prove it, LaJoie drove back up through the field to reclaim his second place position. In the end, he was a contender for the win all the way to the checkered flag. On the final laps, the lead cars were running very close together and they made contact. LaJoie was shuffled back to an impressive fourth place finish.
"It was a tough race. We had to fight back from the rear of the field two times," said LaJoie. "I think we could have won, but with all that happened in the race, I was excited to come out of Iowa with a top five finish. We have some good momentum now to take to the next event."
The Iowa race is one of the showcase events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and one that brings out the toughest competition. LaJoie, 18, is the son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Randy LaJoie. Despite his father's insight to driving in NASCAR LaJoie was up against some of the toughest up and coming drivers in NASCAR. Gresham is a Joe Gibbs Development driver, giving the organization three victories at Iowa. Dillon, 17, is the grandson of NASCAR Sprint Cup car owner Richard Childress. Wallace, 16, drives for Revolution Racing as part of the Drive for Diversity initiative with NASCAR and is also a JGR development driver.
-source: cory la joie PR