Event: Dixie Vodka 400
Venue: Homestead-Miami Speedway (Homestead, Florida)
Format: Three Stages – Stages End: Lap 80, 160, 267
Date/Broadcast: Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX
After earning his fourth top-20 of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, Corey LaJoie eyes Homestead-Miami Speedway – a track where he has seven national series starts – as a place to extend his momentum.
The South Florida track is the setting of this weekend’s NCS race, less than a week after racing at Martinsville Speedway under the lights for the first time.
LaJoie has competed at Homestead-Miami on three occasions in the NCS and four times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
When LaJoie fires off under the Florida sun on Sunday, it will be the first time spectators are allowed back in the stands, albeit in a limited capacity. The 1.5-mile racetrack will allow up to 1,000 South Florida military service members.
While there will be strict guidelines in place at the event, it’s a positive step as NASCAR cautiously returns to racing and welcomes fans back to the track. Talladega Superspeedway also announced it will allow fans, up to 5,000, for its event scheduled on June 21.
The No. 32 entry for Go Fas Racing will wear the colors of Storm Tight Windows this weekend, South Florida’s top-rated impact-window and door company.
Storm Tight Windows is South Florida’s number one manufacturer of Category 5 hurricane-rated, Miami-Dade County-approved impact windows. Each impact window is put through rigorous testing before it can earn the Storm Tight Windows seal of approval. After testing is complete, each window is polished, carefully wrapped and shipped directly to the customer where it will be installed by highly trained Storm Tight Windows factory technicians.
Storm Tight Windows is offering LaJoie and NASCAR fans the opportunity to enter a $25,000 giveaway. Simply text “Dixie” to 797979 and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win!
To learn more about Storm Tight Windows and its services, please visit www.StormTightWindows.com.
Tune in to the Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX as LaJoie and the Storm Tight Windows team battle it out in the Sunshine State.
LaJoie on the upcoming race weekend:
“We already have one good run under our belt after an 18th place finish at Martinsville on Wednesday. Our guys have been doing a great job preparing the cars with such a short turnaround between races the last month or two. We’re fortunate to have another new partner with us starting this weekend with Storm Tight Windows joining our team. They’ve got a really cool design that will stand out a lot on track. It will be another hot race this weekend so hydration and managing our tire wear will be integral to have success this weekend.”
LaJoie’s Cup history at Martinsville Speedway:
Best Finish: 31st (2017 & 2019)
Average Start: 32.3
Average Finish: 32nd
Looking back on the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500:
The No. 32 Keen Parts team finished 18th in the first-ever NASCAR Cup Series night race at Martinsville Speedway. Driver Corey LaJoie took the green flag from 25th for the 500-lap event. He immediately charged forward, taking over the 17th position by lap five. By lap 46, he had made his way inside the top 15 while reporting that the No. 32 was “tight rolling center.”
LaJoie briefly took the lead by staying out during a caution on lap 113 for a dash to the end of stage one on lap 130. LaJoie slid back to 17th to finish stage one as those around him had pitted during the last caution for service. Crew chief Ryan Sparks made the call for LaJoie to come to pit road during the stage break for four tires, fuel and multiple adjustments.
At lap 155, the Keen Parts Ford was contesting in the 16th position on the lead lap. LaJoie eventually went a lap down as the green flag run ensued. At the end of stage two, LaJoie asked the No. 32 team for assistance with a tight condition during his stop for four fresh tires and fuel before the start of the final segment.
He restarted 18th, one lap down and remained in that position until a caution flew on lap 325 when the Keen Parts team opted to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap. Restarting 18th as the last car on the lead lap and with older tires, LaJoie needed to pit soon. Just as the leader caught LaJoie to put him a lap down, a yellow flag flew and he was in the free-pass position. Over the final 100 laps at the Virginia short track, LaJoie maintained the 18th position, bringing home his fourth top-20 of the season.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!