BUSCH: Watkins Glen Randy LaJoie Preview

LaJoie hopes to get a handle on The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 1998) Randy LaJoie, the two-time defending National Busch Series Grand National Division champion, currently sits fourth in points and looks to re-establish...

   LaJoie hopes to get a handle on The Glen
   
   WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 1998)

Randy LaJoie, the two-time defending National Busch Series Grand National Division champion, currently sits fourth in points and looks to re-establish himself as the man to beat in Sunday's Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International.

LaJoie, driver of the No. 74 FINA Chevrolet, feels confident coming into Watkins Glen, despite its confusing nature for him and his BACE Motorsports team. "The Glen has been a mysterious track for us the last two years," LaJoie said. "I have always managed to crash the car before the race, then run it into the top-five before mechanical failure relegated us to the rear. This year my objective is to get a top-five finish and gain some points in the championship race."

LaJoie finished a lap down in 21st a year ago on The Glen's 2.45-mile road course.

LaJoie faces stiff competition this year in the second defense of his title from a NASCAR Busch Series youth movement that includes Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Buckshot Jones -- not to mention series sophomore and point leader Matt Kenseth. LaJoie is trying to come from behind to recapture an unprecedented third straight NASCAR Busch Series championship.

LaJoie's recent finishes include a third in the Lycos.com 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., on June 14, and two 11th-place finishes, at the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover and the Hardee's 250 Richmond.

Good seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen. For additional information on the event or any other at The Glen call the WGI ticket office at (607) 535-2481.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Buckshot Jones