LaJoie leads NASCAR Busch Series testing again By Brett Borden DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 1999) Randy LaJoie is looking like his old self again. LaJoie, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion in 1996 and '97, finished a ...
LaJoie leads NASCAR Busch Series testing again By Brett Borden
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 1999) Randy LaJoie is looking like his old self again.
LaJoie, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion in 1996 and '97, finished a disappointing fourth in the series point standings last year. In the off-season he switched from BACE Motorsports to his new team -- Phoenix Racing, owned by James Finch.
At the NASCAR Busch Series' only pre-Speedweeks 1999 test session at Daytona International Speedway, LaJoie turned in the fastest times on both Sunday and Monday.
LaJoie turned the 2.5-mile trioval in his No. 1 Chevrolet in a time of 47.564 seconds on Monday, translating to 189.219 mph. It was .753 mph faster than his top speed on Sunday of 188.466 mph. Both days were cut short by the weather, with rain ending the day Monday about 90 minutes short of the scheduled 5 p.m. quitting time.
On Monday, LaJoie said he plans on getting off to a good start at Daytona in preparation for a "comeback" year.
"Last year was last year and this year is this year," LaJoie said. "I've been here and this is the best I've done on the sheets in three or four years. And it feels good. But this race team has always run real well here and at Talladega. That was one of my strong points in coming here (Phoenix) was their speedway program.
"I'm looking forward to it. And once again, just by testing here a few times, I think it's probably 10 cars -- legitimate fast cars that are here -- that we're going to have to contend with when we come back. But I think when all is said and done that maybe we'll keep this No. 1 at number one."
Kevin Lepage was once again second fastest on the "grid" Monday. He posted a fast lap of 187.864 mph in his Daytona debut in the Chevrolet that is a new collaboration between J&J Racing and Brewco Motorsports.
David Green was third at 187.633 mph in a second Phoenix Chevy. Tony Raines was fourth fastest at 187.543 mph in his Daytona debut for BACE as LaJoie's replacement in the No. 74 Chevrolet, while Mike McLaughlin was fifth at 187.504 mph in his Cicci-Welliver Chevrolet. Tim Fedewa posted the fastest Pontiac speed with his first Daytona outing at 187.227 mph, the sixth-quickest on Monday; while Mark Martin had the fastest Ford among the 51 cars that ran Monday, at 185.997 mph.
Source: NASCAR Online