Corey LaJoie Preps For Talladega

Event: Pocono Doubleheader: Pocono Organics 325, Pocono 350

Venue: Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, Pennsylvania)


Pocono Organics 325: Three Stages – Stages End: Lap 25, 77, 130

Pocono 350: Three Stages – Stages End: Lap 30, 85, 140


Pocono Organics 325: Sat., June 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX

Pocono 350: Sun., June 28 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1

The “Tricky Triangle” just got a bit more interesting. For the first time, the drivers of the NASCAR Cup Series will take on a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway – competing in a 325-mile race on Saturday, followed by a 350-miler on Sunday.

The 2.5-mile track located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania has an unusual three-turn configuration, where turn one has 14 degrees of banking, turn two has eight degrees of banking, and turn three has six degrees of banking.

In 2013, Corey LaJoie visited victory lane at the track in the ARCA Menards Series, after leading eight laps in a field that included some of his competitors today in the NCS, such as Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.

Since, LaJoie has made five Cup starts at the triangular-shaped track and will add two more this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 32 Built Bar Ford.

Built Bar is a leading manufacturer of protein bars and will be the primary sponsor of the Go Fas Racing team this weekend for both NCS races.

Based in Utah, Built Bar combines natural, clean ingredients in a unique way. The proprietary process produces a bar that is high in protein, high in fiber, and low in sugar. With a light, fluffy texture and pure chocolate coating, the bar is known to “taste just like a candy bar” by it’s loyal consumers, and comes in an incredible variety of delicious flavors.

The company is capable of making over one million bars per day, operating out of a state-of-the-art 225,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. Selling direct-to-consumer, orders are received fresh within a few days from distribution centers located across the United States.

The doubleheader action kicks off on Saturday with a 325-mile race scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX followed by a 350-mile event on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on FS1.

LaJoie on the upcoming race weekend:

“I’m excited to get to Pocono for this double header. It’ll be a great weekend for Built Bar since they’re on for both days. I really enjoy Pocono – I have a good history there with a win in ARCA back in 2013. It is a really fun track and with these shorter races, should produce some really good racing. We’re hoping to keep our Built Bar Ford clean on Saturday and get a solid finish to set ourselves up for Sunday. I hope everyone runs out and orders or picks up some Built Bars to help support one of our newer partners! We’ve also been very fortunate to get some sim-time with the Ford simulator thanks to everyone at Ford, so that should help us a lot without any practice time. That sim-time is very important to a team like ours and it is really beneficial for [Crew Chief] Ryan Sparks and myself to fire off in the race with good speed. We’ve been working hard to get our cars driving well so hopefully it shows this weekend and we have two solid races.”

LaJoie’s Cup history at Pocono Raceway:
Starts: 5
Best Finish: 25th (2017)
Average Start: 31.8
Average Finish: 30.8

Looking back on the GEICO 500:
Corey LaJoie and the team finished with a solid 16th-place effort at Talladega Superspeedway, after starting from the 25th position. With the unpredictability of superspeedway racing at Talladega, the No. 32 team opted to remain at the back for the first half of the race in hopes of avoiding the ‘Big One’ and then drive forward at the end.

LaJoie rode around 30th for the opening laps, before being scored 24th at the lap 25 competition caution while reporting slightly tight conditions. Restarting 24th, LaJoie continued to stick with the team’s plan, hanging on just outside the main pack. Rain halted on-track competition on lap 56 as LaJoie was racing in 26th. After engines were re-fired, stage one ended under caution with LaJoie finishing 26th.

Crew chief Ryan Sparks made the call for LaJoie to pit during the stage-break for service and to top off on fuel. In the early goings of stage two, the 28-year-old driver remained around the 29th spot, until a caution flew on lap 95. The Ford made a pit stop under caution and restarted 32nd on lap 99. Another caution flew on lap 115 and LaJoie pitted for four tires and fuel, for a shootout to the green-and-white checkered flag to end stage one. LaJoie finished the segment 29th.

Multiple cautions slowed the field in the opening laps of stage three. Sparks elected to bring LaJoie to pit road for four fresh Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel during the second caution of the segment. The Go Fas Racing Ford muscled through the field in the closing laps, easing its way up to 14th. After going into overtime, LaJoie took the checkered flag in the 16th position after getting collected in a last-lap incident. The result is the No. 32 team’s fifth top-20 of the season.


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