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Corey LaJoie is back for his second try at the Great American Race.

TriStar Motorsports announced on Tuesday that the third-generation driver will pilot the No. 72 Toyota Camry for multiple races this season. LaJoie will compete in a majority of the races since 2017 driver Cole Whitt requested a more limited schedule.

The 26-year-old is hoping to rebound from a tough first full-time season at the highest level of the sport. LaJoie hopes the change of scenery an allow him to return to form from when he was a top prospect and perennial overachiever in lesser equipment over the past half-decade.

“It’s such a great opportunity to work with TriStar Motorsports,” LaJoie said in a press release. “I hope to use the learning experiences from my 2017 rookie season and work hard for some great finishes this year. It’s my goal to continue building a successful team with Bryan (Smith, team owner) while honoring the legacy his dad, Mark, left behind.

“It’s also great to continue working with Schluter Systems again this season. I can’t thank those guys enough for believing in me.”

His father, Randy LaJoie, brought home Xfinity Series Championships in 1996 and 1997. LaJoie already has an impressive racing career that includes six wins in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three wins in the ARCA Series.

LaJoie was selected as a member of the 2012 NASCAR Next Class, an industry initiative to help spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars and bolster fan recognition around talent that will grow into Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series mainstays. He was in the same class as fellow stand-out drivers Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.

“We are excited to have Corey join our team,” Smith said.  “His attitude, desire and ability are a welcomed addition, and we feel that he will be a great fit to continue the growth of our program.”










Matt Weaver



Matt Weaver



– Matt Weaver is an associate motorsports editor at Autoweek. Before becoming a journalist, he was a dirt track racer and short track cheeseburger connoisseur.

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